Biz Markie

Real Name:
Marcel Theo Hall
Profile:
Biz Markie (born Marcel Hall April 8, 1964 in Brooklyn, 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. He signed to the Cold Chillin' record label in 1988 and released Goin' Off, an underground hit. "Just a Friend" (from The Biz Never Sleeps) was released the following year, and it became a mainstream hit in the United States.

As one of hip hop's biggest stars of the time, Biz had a lot of pressure for his third album, I Need a Haircut. The album was a commercial disaster, exacerbated by a lawsuit from Gilbert O'Sullivan for sampling "Alone Again (Naturally)" in the song "Alone Again". The lawsuit, Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Brothers Records, Inc., changed hip hop forever, as afterwards, all samples were cleared with the original artist before they could be used.

Biz continued his career in 1993, releasing All Samples Cleared!, but the record was another commercial disappointment. For the next few years, Biz worked with the Beastie Boys occasionally, began DJing and kept a low profile.

Within the last few years, Biz appeared in Men in Black II with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

In 2005, Biz was featured on the VH1 television reality show, "Celebrity Fit Club", where overweight celebrities are shown attempting to lose weight.

He has also made a career as a DJ, giving performances where he uses his somewhat voluminous gut to move a record on a turntable and thus scratch.
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Albums

92 56754 Biz Markie - Goin' Off album art Biz Markie Goin' Off (Album) Cold Chillin', Cold Chillin' 92 56754 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
W4 26003, CRC (782540C), W4 26003 CRC CR Biz Markie - The Biz Never Sleeps album art Biz Markie The Biz Never Sleeps (Album, Single) Cold Chillin', Cold Chillin', Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W4 26003, CRC (782540C), W4 26003 CRC CR Canada 1989 Sell This Version
7599-26648-2 Biz Markie - I Need A Haircut album art Biz Markie I Need A Haircut (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Cold Chillin' 7599-26648-2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
9 45261-2 Biz Markie - All Samples Cleared! album art Biz Markie All Samples Cleared! (Album) Cold Chillin', Warner Bros. Records 9 45261-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
GAP 088-EDGAR , GAP 088-EDGAR Biz Markie - Weekend Warrior album art Biz Markie Weekend Warrior (Album) BizMont Entertainment, Tommy Boy GAP 088-EDGAR , GAP 088-EDGAR Germany 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PS 2008 Biz Markie - Make The Music With Your Mouth, Biz album art Biz Markie Make The Music With Your Mouth, Biz (EP, Single) Prism PS 2008 US 1986 Sell This Version
PS 2014 Biz Markie - Pickin' Boogers album art Biz Markie Pickin' Boogers Prism PS 2014 US 1987 Sell This Version
PS 2009 Biz Markie - Nobody Beats The Biz album art Biz Markie Featuring T.J. Swan* Biz Markie Featuring T.J. Swan* - Nobody Beats The Biz (Single) Prism PS 2009 US 1987 Sell This Version
0-20864 Biz Markie - Biz Is  Goin' Off album art Biz Markie Biz Is Goin' Off (Maxi) Cold Chillin' 0-20864 US 1988 Sell This Version
PRO-S-3088 Biz Markie - Vapors album art Biz Markie Vapors (Single) Cold Chillin' PRO-S-3088 US 1988 Sell This Version
4-27784 Biz Markie - This Is Something For The Radio album art Biz Markie This Is Something For The Radio (Single) Cold Chillin', Cold Chillin' 4-27784 US 1988 Sell This Version
103846-1AX Biz Markie - Vapors / Comin Thru / Off On Your Own (Girl) album art Biz Markie, Al B. Sure!, Ice-T, Royalty Biz Markie, Al B. Sure!, Ice-T, Royalty - Vapors / Comin Thru / Off On Your Own (Girl)(Flexi, 7", EP, Promo) Eva-Tone Soundsheets 103846-1AX US 1988 Sell This Version
7 - 19427 Biz Markie - Just A Friend / Spring Again (Remix) album art Biz Markie Just A Friend / Spring Again (Remix) (Single) Cold Chillin' 7 - 19427 US 1989 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-3911 Biz Markie - Spring Again album art Biz Markie Spring Again (Maxi, Single) Cold Chillin' PRO-CD-3911 US 1989 Sell This Version
7599-21342-0 Biz Markie - Just A Friend album art Biz Markie Just A Friend (Single, Maxi) Cold Chillin', Cold Chillin', Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 7599-21342-0 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
none Biz Markie - Doin' The Mud Foot album art Biz Markie Doin' The Mud Foot(Cass, Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records none US 1990 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-4925 Biz Markie - What Comes Around Goes Around album art Biz Markie What Comes Around Goes Around (Single) Cold Chillin' PRO-CD-4925 US 1991 Sell This Version
O-40264 Biz Markie - T.S.R. (Toilet Stool Rap) / Busy Doing Nuthin' album art Biz Markie T.S.R. (Toilet Stool Rap) / Busy Doing Nuthin' (Maxi, Single) Cold Chillin' O-40264 USA, Canada & UK 1991 Sell This Version
none Biz Markie - Take It From The Top (Instrumental) album art Biz Markie Take It From The Top (Instrumental)(Acetate, 12", S/Sided) Warner Bros. Records none US 1991 Sell This Version
9362-40936-2, WO179CD Biz Markie - Let Me Turn You On album art Biz Markie Let Me Turn You On (Single) Cold Chillin', Warner Bros. Records 9362-40936-2, WO179CD Germany 1993 Sell This Version
PRO-A-6415 Biz Markie - Young Girl Bluez album art Biz Markie Young Girl Bluez (Single) Cold Chillin' PRO-A-6415 US 1993 Sell This Version
WR 20116-2 Biz Markie - Nuttin But Flavor album art Funkmaster Flex And The Ghetto Celebs* Featuring Biz Markie, Charlie Brown & Old Dirty Bastard* Funkmaster Flex And The Ghetto Celebs* Featuring Biz Markie, Charlie Brown & Old Dirty Bastard* - Nuttin But Flavor(CD, Maxi) Wreck Records WR 20116-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
CC3513 Biz Markie - Just Rhymin' With Biz / Let Go My Eggo album art Biz Markie Just Rhymin' With Biz / Let Go My Eggo Cold Chillin' CC3513 US 1995 Sell This Version
111377-1S Biz Markie - A Message From The Biz album art Biz Markie A Message From The Biz(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Grand Royal 111377-1S US 1995 Sell This Version
AeD 8220 Biz Markie - Studda Step album art Biz Markie Studda Step(12", Promo) Epic AeD 8220 US 1996 Sell This Version

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MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73

MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73

April 11, 2017
'That Girl Is A Slut' has BizMarkie beatboxing on the mic aka The Human DMX... ????
Just Ice mentions his name in the first sentence 0:28... The "One two, one two" sounds just like Biz!
Can anyone clear this up as there is no information regarding The Human DMX..

https://www.discogs.com/Just-Ice-Put-That-Record-Back-On-Latoya-That-Girl-Is-A-Slut/release/109849
dylaf

dylaf

June 14, 2015
We Love You Biz X
hickimau

hickimau

February 23, 2015
Nobody beats the Biz
iljin1

iljin1

June 13, 2012
Now this is a cool guy. While a tough image and gangster rap was big around 1990 he comes out with a sleeve where he is dressed up like a scientist. Butt still remains his cool & gets respect.
His debut album Goin' Off is full of jokes but make no mistake, it is a very well done album and after 20 years I still enjoy it. Almost every song is a classic.

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