American rapper Magoo, who was well-known for his work as one half of the duet Timbaland & Magoo, has unexpectedly died at the age of 50 on Sunday, August 13.
Recording artist Digital Black confirmed Magoo’s passing in an Instagram post, writing, “Man can’t believe this RIH Magoo damn big bro wasnt ready for this at all.“ Digital accompanied his message with a cover of Magoo (real name Melvin Barcliff) and Timbaland’s 1997 album “Welcome To Our World.”
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Magoo’s cause of death was not disclosed, nor were details about the circumstances surrounding it.
Magoo rose to fame as a significant member of the hip-hop group Timbaland & Magoo. He was not only closely linked to the well-known music producer, but also to Missy Elliott.
The rapper’s journey began in 1989, when he met Timbaland while they were both still teenagers. Magoo and Timbaland were a part of the SBI (Surrounded By Idiots) group at this period of their development, along with Larry Live and a budding Pharrell Williams.
They frequently worked together with other Swing Mob members throughout their careers, including Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Playa, and Aaliyah.
Despite first meeting when they were kids in 1989, Timbaland & Magoo made the decision to collaborate and form a rap alliance. They are well known for their collaborations with Missy Elliott, yet they are also known for their smash single “Up Jumps Da Boogie,” which is only one album in total. “Welcome to Our World,” the duo’s debut album from 1997, featured the popular song “Up Jumps Da Boogie.”
Magoo’s cause of death has yet to be revealed and neither his family nor Timbaland have officially released a statement.