Magoo, renowned for his contributions as one-half of Timbaland & Magoo, has reportedly passed away at the age of 50.
The initial tribute came from Digital Black, a member of the group Playa, who shared a heartfelt message on his Instagram page on Sunday (August 13).
“Can’t believe this, RIP Magoo. Big bro, wasn’t ready for this at all. #superfriends,” he wrote, expressing his shock and grief.
Ginuwine, another artist closely connected to the late rapper, also seemed to pay homage to Magoo, whose real name was Melvin Barcliff.
“Times get tough, but we keep on pushing. Just heard some news, I hope it’s not true. I want everyone to know that time is fleeting. Love who you love and make sure they know it,” he penned on Instagram.
Timbaland & Magoo were originally established in 1989, with the duo meeting as teenagers and deciding to form a rap duo. Despite being recognized for their single “Up Jumps Da Boogie,” the pair released three albums and gained significant acclaim for their collaborations with Missy Elliott.
In 2021, a partnership between Blackground Records and Empire Distribution led to the re-release of the entire Timbaland & Magoo catalog, which included Timbaland’s “Tim’s Bio: Life from the Basement” LP from 1998. This distribution deal brought their discography to streaming platforms, allowing their music to reach a broader audience for the first time since their inception.
Magoo was not forgotten within the realm of Hip Hop, receiving recognition back in May 2020, although it sparked a debate with Timbaland.
One fan labeled him as the “worst rapper to ever exist” while sharing a clip of Magoo’s verse from the 1997 hit “Luv 2 Luv U,” which he collaborated on with Timbaland. This prompted discussion among those who remembered Magoo’s contributions during his prime, defending his skills against the perspective of the modern music landscape.
While the cause of Magoo’s death remains undisclosed, neither his family nor Timbaland has officially released a statement addressing the situation.