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Biz Markie
Background information
Birth name Marcel Hall
Also known as Biz Markie
The Diabolical Biz Markie
The Clown Prince of Hip Hop
Born April 8, 1964 (1964-04-08) (age 43)
Origin Flag of the United States Harlem, New York City, New York
Genre(s) Rap
Instrument(s) Microphone
Two turntables and a microphone
Years active 1985–Present
Label(s) Cold Chillin' Records
Warner Brothers
Juice Crew
Cole Johnson

Biz Markie (born Marcel Hall April 8, 1964 in Harlem, New York) is a rapper and DJ, best known for humorous singles such as "Just a Friend". He has been labeled The Clown Prince of Hip-Hop. April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... For other uses, see Harlem (disambiguation). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... RAP may mean: the IATA airport code for Rapid City Regional Airport Rassemblement pour lalternative progressiste, a Québecois political party. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... “Microphones” redirects here. ... Two turntables and a microphone is the basic concept of a DJs equipment. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Prism Records was an American record label formed in 1978. ... Warner Bros. ... The Juice Crew was a pioneering hip-hop collective in the mid to late 1980s founded by producer Marley Marl and housed by the label Cold Chillin Records. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... This article is about the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Just a Friend is a comedic and romantic hip hop song by rapper Biz Markie. ...


Rap name

Many believe[attribution needed] his name was inspired by that of German statesman Otto von Bismarck, but there is a compelling argument that he was really named after Negro League baseball player Biz Mackey.[citation needed] Biz Markie has offered an alternative version in interviews, saying it was an homage to old-school rapper Busy Bee, calling himself "Busy Bee Markie" as a youth. “Bismarck” redirects here. ... Bud Fowler, the first professional black baseball player with one of his teams, Western of Keokuk, Iowa The Negro Leagues were American professional baseball leagues comprising predominantly African-American teams. ... James Raleigh Biz Mackey (July 27, 1897 - September 22, 1965) was an African American catcher and manager in Negro league baseball, who came to be regarded as black baseballs premier catcher in the late 1920s and early 1930s. ... Busy Bee Starski born 1950s is an old school hip hop MC. First coming on the scene in 1977, New York-based Busy Bee worked with many of hip-hops founding fathers, including Melle Mel, Afrika Bambaataa, and Kool DJ AJ. Known for his comedic rhymes, he originally...


Markie's career began in the early 1980s. He established his reputation and cemented his place in Hip-Hop history as a beat-box artist. He was one of the original artists that helped producer Marley Marl build Cold Chillin' Records. MC Shan and Roxanne Shante were Marley Marl's and Cold Chillin' Records first acts. Biz beatboxed on Roxanne Shante's underground hit Def Fresh Crew (1986) which lent credibility to his recording career and put Cold Chillin' on the map. In the same year, Biz Markie 'coming out' single, Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz, was released on Prism Records. He released his debut album, Goin' Off, which attracted a fair amount of attention, largely due to the lead single, Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz. The album also featured the underground hit singles The Vapors and Pickin' Boogers. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... For other uses, see Hip hop (disambiguation). ... Beatboxing is the vocal percussion of hip hop culture and music. ... An artist is someone who employs creative talent to produce works of art. ... {{Infobox musical artist 2 |Name = John Dixon |Img = JohnDixon. ... Prism Records was an American record label formed in 1978. ... Shawn Moltke is an American rapper who uses the stage name MC Shan. ... Roxanne Shanté is an American hip hop vocalist, best known for her hit Roxannes Revenge. Her career began unusually, as she ran into three men talking about U.T.F.O., who had recently cancelled their performance at a show they were performing. ... {{Infobox musical artist 2 |Name = John Dixon |Img = JohnDixon. ... Prism Records was an American record label formed in 1978. ...

A year later, he broke into the mainstream when Just a Friend, a single featuring rapped verses and out-of-tune, sung choruses, reached the pop Top Ten, and its accompanying album, The Biz Never Sleeps, went gold.

As one of the most prominent hip-hop stars of a still low-key musical scene, expectations were high for Biz's next album, I Need a Haircut. Sales were already disappointing when Biz was served a lawsuit by Gilbert O'Sullivan, who claimed that the album's Alone Again featured an unauthorized sample from his hit Alone Again (Naturally). O'Sullivan's claim was upheld in a landmark ruling, Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Brothers Records, Inc., that altered the landscape of hip-hop, finding that all samples must be cleared with the original artist before being used. In accordance with the ruling, Warner Bros., the parent company of Cold Chillin', had to pull I Need a Haircut from circulation, and all companies had to clear samples with the samples' creators before releasing the records. This development mirrored the increasing popularity of hip-hop and the financial stakes over which releases were set. Biz responded in 1993 with the mischievously titled All Samples Cleared!, but his career had been hurt by the publicity emanating from the lawsuit, and the record suffered accordingly. For the remainder of the decade, he stayed out of the spotlight, occasionally doing work like his 1996 freestyle rap commercial on MTV2 and many guest appearances with the Beastie Boys, "Check Your Head" (1992), "Ill Communication" (1994), "Hello Nasty" (1998), and their anthology The Sounds of Science (1999). He also worked with Canibus on the first track on the Office Space soundtrack (1999). Gilbert OSullivan Raymond Edward OSullivan, known professionally as Gilbert OSullivan (born 1 December 1946, Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland) is an Irish singer-songwriter, best known for his early 1970s hits Alone Again (Naturally), Clair and Get Down. // Early in his life, his family moved to Swindon, Wiltshire... Presiding judge Kevin Thomas Duffy Holding That the Defendants had tried to secure a license from plaintiff prior to sampling its copyrighted song helped establish that their copyright infringement was knowing and intentional and that plaintiff was the valid copyright holder. ... Freestyle rap is an improvisational form of rapping, performed with few or no previously composed lyrics, which is said to reflect a direct mapping of the mental state and performing situation of the artist. ... MTV2 is a cable network that is widely available in the United States on digital cable and satellite television, and is progressively being added to basic cable lineups across the nation. ... Beastie Boys is a hip hop musical group from New York City, consisting of Michael Mike D Diamond, Adam MCA Yauch, Adam Ad-Rock Horovitz and the official DJ for the group Michael Mix Master Mike Schwartz. ... The Sounds of Science is the first Beastie Boys Anthology (comprised of two CDs). ... Germaine Williams (born December 9, 1974), better known as Canibus and also as Can-I-Bus and Rip the Jacker, is a Jamaican-born American MC and rapper. ... Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee (Canibus/Biz Markie) - 4:21 Get Dis Money (Slum Village) - 3:36 Get Off My Elevator (Kool Keith) - 3:46 Big Boss Man (Junior Reid) - 3:46 9-5 (Lisa Stone) - 3:40 Down for Whatever (Ice Cube) - 4:40 Damn It Feels Good to...

At the turn of the century, Biz redirected his focus to turntablism over rapping, but he continued making various appearances in mainstream media. He interpreted the song Bennie and the Jets on an episode of The Chris Rock Show. Biz also appeared on records by Morcheeba, Will Smith (e.g. Willennium), and Len, a Canadian rock/rap ensemble most notable for their hit Steal My Sunshine. Turntablism is the art ofSubscript text manipulating sounds and creating music using phonograph turntables and an audio mixer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Chris Rock Show was a late night comedy talk show featured on HBO. It was a show that was created by Chris Rock which featured by various guests. ... Morcheeba is a British band that mixes influences from trip hop, rhythm and blues and pop. ... “W. S.” redirects here. ... Willennium is the second solo studio album released by Will Smith. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

In 2002, he appeared as a rapping alien in Men in Black II with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, essentially playing an alien parody of himself (beatboxing was his native language in the film). In 2003 he appeared in the international television series titled Kung Faux performing a series of voice over characters featured in a variety of episodes. In 2004, his song The Vapors appeared on the soundtrack of Rockstar's popular videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which featured a Classic hip hop radio station, Playback FM. In 2005, Biz detoured from his recording duties to appear on the first season of the television show Celebrity Fit Club which challenged celebrities to lose weight by a combination of diet and exercise. Biz Markie lost more weight than anybody else in the competition. That year, he was also in an episode of The Andy Milonakis Show. He appeared as the Rap Fairy, and said, "I'm the Biz Markie, and it's about that time I grant you the powers of rap and rhyme." He granted Milonakis "rap powers", and demanded $35 from Milonakis, who paid him with potato chips and beef jerky. Men in Black II is a 2002 science fiction comedy action film starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. ... “W. S.” redirects here. ... For the musician, see Tommy Lee. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kung Faux is a comedy television series that remixes classic kung fu movies with popular music, comic book style editing and video game style special effects, and new voice-over dubbing from primarily hip hop personalities ranging from Gang Starrs Guru, Queen Latifah, Jean Grae, Mr. ... “R*” redirects here. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ... Old school hip hop is a term used to describe the very earliest hip hop music to come out of the block parties of New York City in the 1970s and 1980s. ... The soundtrack of the computer and video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which is set in 1992 at the West Coast state of San Andreas, required that the games radio stations reflect the music tastes of the time and area, in addition to covering current events in the... Celebrity Fit Club is a reality television series which follows eight overweight celebrities as they try to lose weight for charity. ... The Andy Milonakis Show is a sketch comedy starring Andy Milonakis, which airs on MTV2, the first season having aired on MTV. It premiered on June 26, 2005. ... Saratoga chips Potato chips (British English or Hiberno-English: crisps) are slim slices of potatoes deep fried or baked until crisp. ... The name Jerky comes from the Quechua term charki, meaning dried meat. ...

He has also made a career as a DJ, giving performances where he uses his abdomen to move a record on a turntable and thus scratch. He is also a legendary record collector and supposedly the sole owner of a rare CTI 12" containing a version of Take Me To The Mardi Gras which has no bells in the intro. For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... For the human abdomen, see human abdomen. ... Scratching is a DJ or turntablist technique used to produce sounds for some types of music. ...

One item of interest with regard to Biz has been the truthfulness of some of his claims about various musical and pop-culture miscellany which he has alleged he owns. He has bragged in interviews about toys, lunchboxes, videotapes and records that no one has ever heard of although he swears to his ownership of said items. Perhaps most significantly, the extent of his extensive vinyl collection has been called into question. He has claimed that it is stored 'in a building next to his house', although many have questioned this. Biz has also claimed he owns certain 12" singles of famous breakbeat records that were not formally released although this claim might be more plausible, given Biz's early participation in the genre and his position as a pioneering hip/hop artist. Also supporting Biz' claims on this count is the fact that New York recordstore Downstairs Records pressed their own white label bootlegs of said records and which were widely respected within the hip-hop community. One claim which Biz made which was later shown to be false was that he inherited Lenny Roberts' entire collection (Ultimate Breaks And Beats compilation series). The range of falsehoods and possible truths about Biz' musical holdings only serve to enhance his legacy, and at least focus attention on a man with an undoubtedly significant role in the development of hip-hop. Since speculation about his holdings has died down, Biz quietly re-entered the very competitive recording industry with his 2003 release Weekend Warrior through Tommy Boy Records. Tommy Boy Records is a record label started in 1981 by Tom Silverman after borrowing $5000 from his parents. ...

Biz Marke is also a cast member on Nick Cannon's Wild n Out. He came a a guest on season 1 and is now a cast memeber as from Season 3.

"Oh, snap!"

Oh, snap! is an expression popularized by Markie in the 1989 song "Just a Friend". It has since entered the mainstream as an expression of disbelief. The phrase is a polite substitution for "Oh, shit!" You can hear it frequently used by Raven-Symone on the Disney Channel show "That's So Raven". It has also entered use as acknowledgement of a diss by third parties, to heighten the feeling of disrespect and insult. "Oh, Snap!" has been known to be used as See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul McCartney releases Снова в СССР exclusively in Russia. ... Dissing is a slang term derived from the word disrespecting. ...


Markie's work[specify] was sampled by the Rolling Stones for the song "Anybody Seen My Baby?," off their 1997 album, "Bridges to Babylon." This article is about the rock band. ... Anybody Seen My Baby? is a song by the British rock n roll band, The Rolling Stones. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Bridges to Babylon is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1997. ...

R&B Crooner Mario paid tribute to Biz Markie, when he released his hit debut single "Just A Friend 2002". Biz also appeared in the video. Mario ) is a video game character created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and the official mascot of Nintendo. ...

His song, "Just a Friend", is featured in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in the episode titled "Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare". The song is played and sung while the two are drinking in the early afternoon on the footsteps of their apartment as they were on welfare and had nothing to do, but drink and sing some Biz Markie.


  • Goin' Off (1988)
  • The Biz Never Sleeps (1989) Gold
  • I Need a Haircut (1991)
  • All Samples Cleared! (1993)
  • Biz's Baddest Beats (1994)
  • On the Turntable (1998)
  • On the Turntable V.2 (2000)
  • Greatest Hits (2002)
  • Weekend Warrior (2003)
  • Make The Music With Your Mouth Biz

Goin Off is the debut album by Biz Markie, an American hip-hop musician. ... A weekend warrior is a person who works 40 hours during a Friday-Sunday period or a person who lives two different lives, one on the weekend and one during the work week. ...

See also

The Juice Crew was a pioneering hip-hop collective in the mid to late 1980s founded by producer Marley Marl and housed by the label Cold Chillin Records. ...


External links

  • Biz Markie Official Website
  • VH-1 Biography

  Results from FactBites:
Biz Markie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (791 words)
Biz Markie (born Marcel Hall April 8, 1964 in Harlem, New York) is an African American East Coast hip hop artist best known for humorous singles like "Just a Friend".
Markie's career began in the early 1980s as a performer, then a human beatbox for MC Shan and Roxanne Shante, among others.
Biz met producer Marley Marl in 1985, and began working as a human beatbox for Marl-connected acts MC Shan and, later, Roxanne Shanté.
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