2 Live Crew Rapper Brother Marquis Dead At 58

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NEW YORK - JUNE 03: Brother Marquis of 2 Live Crew performs onstage at the 2010 Vh1 Hip Hop Honors at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Vh1)
The rapper helped solidify the legendary group.

The hip-hop world has lost of its Miami bass pioneers. Brother Marquis, born Mark D. Ross, has died at age 58. The rapper made his name as one of the members of the group 2 Live Crew. While he wasn't a founding member, his personality and rhyming ability make him an immediate standout. Brother Marquis provided classic verses on songs like "Me So Horny" and "We Want Some P**sy," which remains party anthems to this day.

2 Live Crew started out as a Los Angeles group in 1984, but they didn't forge their identity until they moved to Miami the following year. Brother Marquis joined 2 Live Crew after two singles, and thanks to his involvement, as well as that of manager/producer Luther Campbell, the group exploded. Their debut album, 1986's The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are, went Gold. They got even bigger with As Nasty As They Wanna Be in 1988. The album contained the aforementioned hit "Me So Horny," which featured a verse in which Brother Marquis mentions his own name. The song cracked the top 40, and the controversy that it sparked led to the album going double Platinum.

Brother Marquis Is The Second 2 Live Crew Rapper To Pass

(L-R) American rappers Fresh Kid Ice (Chris Wong Won), Brother Marquis (Mark D. Ross), DJ Mr. Mixx (David Hobbs) and Luke Skyywalker (Luther Campbell), of the American hip hop group 2 Live Crew, pose for a group portrait with their MTV Moonman award during the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California, September 6, 1990. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fresh Kid Ice;Mark Ross;David Hobbs;Luther Campbell

Brother Marquis remained part of 2 Live Crew for the rest of his life. He did, however, pursue different side projects. He founded the duo 2 Nazty with DJ Toomp, and collaborated with Ice-T on the song "99 Problems," which was later remade by Jay-Z. Brother Marquis returned to the group that made him famous for the albums Shake a Little Somethin' and The Real One in 1996 and 1998, respectively. He also continued to tour with an abbreviated 2 Live Crew lineup throughout the 2010s.

Brother Marquis spoke on his musical impact during a 2014 interview with the New Miami Times. "I'm grateful and honored to be a pioneer as far as explicit lyrics," he stated. "First Amendment rights, fighting censorship, and naked women on the stage. We were responsible for securing a lot of that freedom of speech for everybody." Marquis is the second member of 2 Live Crew to pass away after Fresh Kid Ice in 2017. 2 Live Crew management confirmed that Marquis had been found dead in his home. There was no cause or additional details provided, however. Unnamed sources tell TMZ that Marquis' death appears to be natural, with no signs of foul play.


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Elias is a music writer at HotNewHipHop. He joined the site in 2024, and covers a wide range of topics, including pop culture, film, sports, and of course, hip-hop. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Friday, especially when it comes to the coverage of new albums and singles. His favorite artists are Andre 3000, MF Doom, pre-808s Kanye West and Tyler, The Creator. He loves L.A. hip-hop but not L.A. sports teams. The first album he ever bought was Big Willie Style by Will Smith, which he maintains is still a pretty good listen.