Rapper Brother Marquis of 2 Live Crew Passes Away: Legal Battle Over Catalog Continues

Miami, Florida – Brother Marquis, a prominent member of the hip-hop group 2 Live Crew, has passed away at the age of 58. Known for his contributions to the group’s music, Brother Marquis, whose real name was Mark Ross, made a significant impact on the hip-hop scene.

According to reports, his death was confirmed by 2 Live Crew’s manager after TMZ initially broke the news. The cause of his passing has not been disclosed, leaving fans and fellow artists mourning his loss.

Uncle Luke, another member of 2 Live Crew, paid tribute to Brother Marquis on social media, highlighting their shared experiences and collaborations in the music industry. He expressed condolences to Brother Marquis’ family and fans, emphasizing the importance of celebrating his life and legacy.

Brother Marquis was a key figure in 2 Live Crew, alongside other notable members like Uncle Luke, Fresh Kid Ice, and Mr. Mixx. Their music, including hits like “Me So Horny,” played a pivotal role in shaping the legal landscape for hip-hop artists, as seen in their legal battles over song rights.

One of their landmark cases involved a parody of Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman,” which led to a Supreme Court ruling in favor of 2 Live Crew, establishing the concept of fair use in music. This case, along with their album “Banned in the U.S.A.,” marked significant milestones in the group’s career.

Throughout his time with 2 Live Crew, Brother Marquis contributed to the group’s success and musical legacy, leaving a lasting impact on the hip-hop community. His presence will be deeply missed by fans and fellow artists who admired his talent and dedication to the craft.

In remembrance of Brother Marquis, the music industry reflects on his contributions and influence, honoring his memory through his timeless music and enduring legacy.