Biz Markie got his start in Hip Hop on the Long Island Hip Hop scene in the early 80’s as a Beat Boxer. Before he would carve his niche as one of Hip Hop’s greatest entertainers with his blend of rare samples and pure comedy he was a young Hip Hopper named Marcel Theo Hall.
Biz Markie’s Beat Boxing skills and unique style of singing while beat boxing led to his inclusion in the legendary juice crew which featured producer Marley Marl and lyricists Mc Shan, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, Craig G, Roxanne Shante with others. Biz would release his classic debut Goin’ Off and solidify himself as a stand alone force in Hip Hop. It was his 1989 follow up The Biz Never Sleeps, that would spawn one of Hip Hop’s biggest hits to date “Just A Friend”. The single “Just a Friend” became Markie’s most successful single, reaching #9 on the Billboard charts. The song continues to top music charts as new formats are invented. From Ring Tones, to streams, to digital downloads, back around to flat out remakes, “Just A Friend” is a part of American culture period. It would be Biz Markie’s next album I Need A Haircut that would forever change the direction of all music
Markie’s third studio album I Need a Haircut was released on August 27, 1991, on Cold Chillin’/Warner Bros. Gilbert O’Sullivan, who claimed that the album’s “Alone Again” featured an unauthorized sample from his hit “Alone Again (Naturally)” sued Biz Markie and Warner brothers successfully. The claim was upheld in a landmark ruling, Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records, Inc. It changed the history of music making it so that all samples must be cleared with the original artist before being used.
Biz Markie is a Dj, an actor, a voice over actor, and even provided music for mainstream television shows like “Yo Gabba Gabba”. All these years later and the Biz is still “Goin Off”
Catch Biz Markie At The Art Or Rap Fest July 18th in Irvine Ca and July 19th in Mountain View Ca, w/ The Game, Ice-T, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Rakim,DJ Quik, Mack 10
Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, Too Short, Warren G, Kurtis Blow, Afrika Bambaataa,Epmd, Xzibit, Tha Alkaholiks, Ras Kass, Kool Moe D, King Tee, Busy Bee, Melle Mel, Naughty Nation, and the Soulsonic Force
Biz Markie “Goin Off”
Biz Markie “Just A Friend”
Biz Markie “Alone Again”
Biz Markie On “Yo Gabba Gabba”