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Genre: Old School Hip Hop
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Biz Markie Song List
Biz Markie was born Marcel Theo Hall in 1964 in New Jersey. In the early 1980’s, Markie began rapping and beat-boxing around Long Island, and released his debut single “Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz,” in the mid 1980’s. His light-hearted, humorous approach to rap garnered him some attention, and by the time his debut album, Goin’ Off, was released in 1988, he’d already established a local following.
Biz’s sophomore effort, The Biz Never Sleeps, was released in the following year, followed by I Need a Haircut in 1991. A legal tangle, in which Biz Markie was sued for using music samples without authorization from the original artist, served as both a temporary setback for the fledgling artist and also changed the setting for rap music forever. Nevertheless, Biz Markie continued to release a series of albums that faired reasonably well, including All Samples Cleared! (1993) and Weekend Warrior (2003), which featured the singles: “Vapors,” “What Comes Around Goes Around,” “Let me Turn You On,” “Young Girl Bluez,” and the smash hit “Just a Friend,” released in 1998, which became Biz Markie’s iconic career achievement in music.
In addition to his own music, Biz Markie has collaborate with dozens of musicians on their own projects, including the Beastie Boys (on The Sounds of Silence, 1999); Canibus (on the Office Space soundtrack, 1999); Will Smith (on the album Willennium, 1999); Red Hot Organization (on America is Dying Slowly, 1996); Frankie Cutlass (on “The Cyper Part 3,” 1997); and Len (on You Can’t Stop the Bum Rush, “Beautiful Day,” 1999.) Markie has also made appearances in the film Men in Black II; the television series Fastlane; the television show Celebrity Fit Club; and in the show Adventure Time.
Most recently, Biz Markie participated in the Yo Gabba Gabba live tour, and he continues with plans for future performances and projects.
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