Magoo, Influential Rapper Known for Party Hits With Timbaland, Dies at 50

Magoo, Influential Rapper Known for Party Hits With Timbaland, Dies at 50

Virginia’s rap scene has lost a true icon as Magoo, the influential rapper celebrated for his collaborations with long-time friend and super-producer Timbaland, has passed away at the age of 50.

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Confirming his passing, the Office for the Chief Medical Examiner for Virginia’s Tidewater District revealed to Rolling Stone that Magoo’s death had occurred, while the exact cause of his demise remained pending. His wife, Meco Barcliff, shared with The New York Times that Magoo, whose real name was Melvin Barcliff, had been experiencing health issues for the past week. However, beyond asthma, he had not suffered from any known major health problems.

The somber news of the rapper’s passing was initially brought to light by Digital Black, a member of the Nineties R&B/hip-hop group Playa, which was part of the same Swing Mob/Da Bassment Cru collective as Timbaland and Magoo. Reflecting on Magoo’s legacy, Digital Black wrote on Instagram, “Man can’t believe this RIH Magoo damn big bro wasn’t ready for this at all.”

Timbaland, too, paid tribute to his dear friend on Instagram, sharing heartfelt words: “This one hits different long live Melvin aka magoo !!! Tim and Magoo forever rest easy my king.”

Missy Elliott expressed her sorrow on Twitter, saying, “This kind of post I don’t wish on any1 at 1st I was in shock & now reality has kicked in. I asked you to rap on Beep Me 911 & I played your verse over & over because I always loved your VA style. Posting this is so heartbreaking I am so lost for words…”

Ginuwine, another talent from the Swing Mob circle, remembered Magoo with deep affection, stating, “This dude always pushed me… Totally one of the best ever in my eyes, always pressing forward. I know we didn’t talk a lot but the love was and will be always there my brotha. I will see you soon bro, we all have our date and I’m expecting the bro hug when I get there.”

The story of Melvin “Magoo” Barcliff intertwines with that of Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, as they met during their teenage years growing up in Virginia’s Hamptons Road region in the early Nineties. Magoo recalled his early impression of Timbaland, describing him as a remarkable local DJ who was equally adept at crafting beats.

Their journey together began in the group S.B.I. (Surrounded by Idiots), along with Timbaland’s cousin Pharrell and another local talent, Larry Live. Timbaland’s simultaneous work with the hip-hop group Sista, led by Missy Elliott, further solidified their partnership. Following Sista’s signing with Swing Mob, Magoo and Timbaland joined the label’s roster, and they later crossed paths with emerging artists like Ginuwine, Playa, and Tweet.

Reflecting on those days, Magoo shared, “When you’re in the moment, you don’t appreciate it as much, but all those people pushed me. They never pushed me because it was a competition though. Nobody ever competed against each other and there was no animosity, but when you see Playa or Ginuwine, Missy’s group Sista or Tweet’s group Sugah recording, it was so much talent.”

As Timbaland‘s reputation as a producer grew in the Nineties, Magoo honed his rap skills. In 1997, they released their debut studio album, “Welcome to Our World,” featuring the hit single “Up Jumps da Boogie” with Missy Elliott and Aaliyah. Magoo’s distinctive rap style, characterized by its light-heartedness and humor, set him apart, even though it garnered mixed reviews from the hip-hop community.

Their musical journey continued with albums like “Indecent Proposal” (2001) and “Under Construction, Part II” (2003), each producing catchy and memorable tracks like “Drop,” “All Y’all,” and “Cop That S***.” Following this era, Magoo’s involvement in music gradually decreased as the weight of success took its toll, leaving him disillusioned with the entertainment industry.

Despite the challenges, Magoo’s partnership with Timbaland remained a cherished memory. “Being in a group with my friend” was the aspect he found most rewarding. Reflecting on their collaboration, he said, “That was the best time for me when we would make those songs together. That’s the only thing I miss. I don’t miss the fame, I just miss making songs with my homeboy.” The legacy of Magoo lives on through his music and the memories he created alongside his friend Timbaland.

Net Worth Of Magoo

The estimated net worth of Magoo is around $2 million. He made a successful career in the rapping and music industry, contributing to popular songs along with Timbaland & Magoo. His primary source of income was from fees that he received for music performances and releasing songs.

However, it is important to note that Magoo passed away on August 13, 2023, at the age of 50. His cause of death has not been released yet. So, his net worth may have changed since then.

Five Famous Track By Magoo

  1. “Back at One” (1999): This was Magoo’s debut single and it was a huge hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.
  2. “I’m a Freak” (2000): This was the second single from Magoo’s debut album, “Gotta Get Back”. It reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  3. The Party (2001): This was the lead single from Magoo’s second album, “Welcome to Our World”. It reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  4. Lose My Cool (2003): This was a collaboration between Magoo and Timbaland. It reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  5. Don’t Say (2004): This was the lead single from Magoo’s third album, “Back in Business”. It reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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