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Magoo, ‘Up Jumps da Boogie’ rapper and Timbaland collaborator, dies at 50


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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rapper Magoo, known for his work in the hip-hop duo Timbaland & Magoo and the hit song “Up Jumps da Boogie” featuring Aaliyah and Missy Elliott, has died at 50. Magoo, a pioneer of the ’90 and early 2000s Virginia rap scene, died over the weekend in Williamsburg, Va.. Born Melvin Barcliff, Magoo fell in love with hip-hop early on. Growing up in southern Virginia — a region he and his collaborators would soon put on the hip-hop map — Magoo found kinship in like-minded teenagers, such as Timothy Mosley (Timbaland) and later, other musical contemporaries including Pharrell Williams and Missy Elliott.

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