Melvin ‘Magoo’ Barcliff, an integral part of the celebrated rap duo Timbaland & Magoo since 1989, is dead. On August 13, the sad news of Magoo’s demise was confirmed, sending shockwaves of grief throughout fans and the music industry.
Timbaland & Magoo were a rapduo consisting of producer/rapper Timothy « Timbaland » Mosley and rapper Melvin « Magoo » Barcliff, formed in 1989. Hailing from Norfolk, Virginia, the duo first met when they were teenagers. They later paired up as a duo and released their debut album Welcome to Our World, spawning their highest-charting single « Up Jumps da Boogie« .They released two more studio albums as a group, Indecent Proposal in 2001 and Under Construction, Part II in 2003. The latter was meant as a sequel to Missy Elliott‘s fourth album Under Construction.
In August 2021, Blackground Records, the label who launched R&B/Pop singer Aaliyah, signed a distribution deal with Empire Distribution to re-release Timbaland & Magoo’s catalog on CD, cassette and vinyl, onto digital download sites and, for the first time ever, streaming services. As a result, Timbaland’s 1998 LP Tim’s Bio: Life from da Bassment and Timbaland & Magoo albums Welcome to Our World, Indecent Proposal and Under Construction, Part II were re-released August 27, 2021.
Magoo’s death was announced on August 13, 2023. He was 50. (Wikipédia)