The music community was left in shock as reports emerged about the passing of Magoo, a celebrated rapper and close associate of Timbaland.
The news spread rapidly on social media platforms, with Twitter users expressing grief and condolences.
Magoo, real name Melvin Barcliff, was a significant figure in the rap scene.
He formed a dynamic duo with Timbaland in their teenage years.
They soon became a sensation with their act, Timbaland & Magoo, in 1989.
His talent wasn’t just limited to rapping; he also made renditions of songs by artists like New Edition and Ralph Tresvant during talent shows.
The duo’s journey also saw them collaborate with Pharrell Williams in the group Surrounded by Idiots (SBI) during the early 90s.
Magoo often spoke highly of Williams, praising his unique musical talent.
Magoo Was An Influential Figure In The Hip-Hop Scene
He often spoke about the divine intervention that seemed to guide their partnership.
In the early 90s, Magoo, Timbaland, and Elliott joined Da Bassment Cru, a group curated by Jodeci’s DeVante Swing.
This association led to their signing with Swing Mob, where they created music under the guidance of DeVante.
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Thanks to Aaliyah’s recommendation, their journey took another turn when they signed with Blackground.
Their debut album, “Welcome to Our World,” was released in 1997 and became a massive success.
However, the rapper spoke about the pressures of the industry and how it took a toll on their personal lives.
Despite the success, he felt they never truly enjoyed their early years.
Magoo’s unique voice and style sometimes drew criticism, but he remained unfazed.
He focused on creating memorable lines rather than proving his prowess as a rapper.
While Timbaland’s star continued to rise, Magoo stepped away from the limelight.
He once mentioned that the celebrity life wasn’t for him and that he cherished the moments of creating music with Timbaland the most.
Rest in peace, Magoo.
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This breaks my heart! That Timbaland and Magoo era was a time to be alive! Rest in power!
— Tiffani (She/Her) (@tiffani_milton) August 14, 2023
So many artists from the 90’s are dying & aren’t old at all. ????️#RIPMagoo
— ?᭙ꫀꫀ? ᥴꪖ?ꪑꫀꪶ (@SweetCarmel77) August 14, 2023
this just made me feel sad. RIP to him and Aaliyah two beautiful souls gone so early 🙁
— kia ✰ | DM LIMIT (@kiaabardiss) August 14, 2023
Wow RIP ??. Legendary verse on BEEP me 911
— Dlord(C.O.E x2)⭐⭐✌??????!!!!!? ? (@dlordthadon) August 14, 2023
Nooooo Wayyyyyyyy Not Magoo. Wow I Just thought about him a couple days ago wondering where he was at? My Sincere Condolences To His Family, Friends, & Fans. I’m sorry to hear this news @MissyElliott @timb
— Yah’s Plan L.L.C. (@DeeDixon827) August 14, 2023
Noooo this is shockingly so sad… ?? to his family and friends
— PATRICK COLEMAN (@Pcoleny) August 14, 2023