Th 44th President has never shied away from his admiration for hip hop and its greatest artists. He has gained friendships with the likes of JAY-Z and shown love to lyrical artists such as Kendrick Lamar. The Obamas have also shown that they keep in touch with family members of celebrities that pass away and it is none different with the passing of Biz Markie. The pioneering artist experienced complications with diabetes before his death on July 16th. His widow, Tara Hall, shared a letter with TMZ that she received from the Obamas following his death.In the letter, the Obamas remarked that they didn’t know Biz to the same degree that Hall or his other loved ones did, but they recognized him as “one of rap’s most innovative stylists and as a great man.” They also included a fond memory they had of Biz while he was supporting Barack on the campaign trail during his 2008 presidential bid, recalling that he would perform “Party with a Purpose” to encourage people to get out to vote. They also remarked that his legacy within hip hop will “span generations just as it has for nearly four decades.”ALSO CHECK OUT WORLDWIDE THROWBACK INTERVIEW WITH BIZ MARKIE