Rapper Magoo, Timbaland’s former collaborator, dead at 50 – TheFantasyTimes

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Rapper Magoo, Timbaland’s former collaborator, dead at 50

Rapper Magoo, renowned for his extensive collaboration with Timbaland, sadly passed away on Sunday at the age of 50. The exact cause of his death is currently unknown. The news was announced by R&B star and music producer Digital Black through an Instagram post, where he shared the cover of Magoo and Timbaland’s 1997 album “Welcome to Our World.” In his heartfelt caption, he expressed his disbelief and sorrow, referring to Magoo as his big brother and using the hashtag #superfriends. Ginuwine, the singer of the hit song “Pony,” also paid tribute to Magoo on Instagram, reminding his followers of the brevity of life. Ginuwine described Magoo as someone who always pushed him and expressed his sadness at losing three friends within a month. Magoo’s real name was Melvin Barcliff.

The duo gained significant success with their album “Welcome to Our World” in 1997. The news of Magoo’s passing deeply affected Ginuwine, who expressed his pain and condolences to Magoo’s family. Other artists in the music industry, including Mr. Dalvin, offered their condolences as well, describing Magoo as a good person. Magoo frequently collaborated with artists like Aaliyah and Missy Elliott.

Magoo’s music career began in 1989 when he met Timbaland as teenagers, and they formed a close partnership. They later joined forces with Larry Live and Pharrell Williams to create the group SBI (Surrounded by Idiots). Together with fellow Swing Mob members like Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Playa, and Aaliyah, Timbaland and Magoo collaborated on numerous projects. It is unfortunate that Magoo’s passing coincided with the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.

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Rapper Magoo, who was best known as Timbaland’s longtime collaborator, reportedly died Sunday. He was 50.

The “Up Jumps Da’ Boogie” performer’s cause of death is not yet known.

R&B star and music producer Digital Black announced the news in an Instagram post, sharing the cover of Magoo and Timbaland’s 1997 “Welcome to Our World” album.

“Man can’t believe this RIH Magoo damn big bro wasnt [sic] ready for this at all #superfriends,” he wrote.

“Pony” singer Ginuwine, meanwhile, reminded his Instagram followers that “time is short” in a tribute to Magoo, whose real name was Melvin Barcliff.

“I don’t even know how to say anything at this point , I have lost 3 friends now within a month to LIFE and it’s [sic] due date ….this dude , always pushed me …I will mis [sic] you maganooo that’s what we called him,” Ginuwine wrote in his emotional caption.


rapper magoo holding up a peace sign
No cause of death has been given.

"Welcome to Our World" album cover featuring timbaland and magoo
The duo made a splash with their 1997 album “Welcome to Our World.”

“I’m truly efd up right now foreal life is crazy… I hate going through this and losing people we love sometimes it makes you feel like you dont wanna feel the pain so you wanna be gone also …pain hurts ..man oh man blessings to the family all of my condolences 🙏🏽.”

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Fellow rappers and R&B stars flooded Ginuwine’s post with condolences of their own, with musical artist Mr. Dalvin writing, “He was such a good guy.”

timbaland, missy elliott, aaliyah, magoo
Born Melvin Barcliff, Magoo frequently collaborated with musicians such as Aaliyah, Missy Elliott and more.

Reps for Magoo and Timbaland didn’t immediately return TheFantasyTimes’s requests for comment.

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The “Party People” rapper jump-started his music career in 1989 after meeting Timbaland, born Timothy Mosley, when they were teenagers.

Magoo’s death coincided with the 50th anniversary of hip-hop this weekend.

In their early years, Magoo and Timbaland linked up with Larry Live and Pharrell Williams to form a group called SBI (Surrounded by Idiots).

Timbaland, 51, and Magoo frequently collaborated with fellow Swing Mob members such as Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Playa and Aaliyah.

Magoo’s death coincided with the 50th anniversary of hip-hop this weekend.

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