Biz Markie

Real Name:
Marcel Theo Hall
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Biz Markie (born Marcel Hall 8th April 1964 in Brooklyn, New York ; died 16 July 2021) was an American rapper 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.

In 2002, 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 also made a career as a DJ, giving performances where he used his somewhat voluminous gut to move a record on a turntable and thus scratch.
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Albums

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

PS 2008 Make The Music With Your Mouth, Biz — Biz Markie Biz Markie Make The Music With Your Mouth, Biz (EP, Single) Prism PS 2008 US 1986 Sell This Version
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PS 2014 Pickin' Boogers — Biz Markie Biz Markie Pickin' Boogers Prism PS 2014 US 1987 Sell This Version
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PS 2009 Nobody Beats The Biz — Biz Markie 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
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0-20864 Biz Is  Goin' Off — Biz Markie Biz Markie Biz Is Goin' Off (Maxi) Cold Chillin' 0-20864 US 1988 Sell This Version
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PRO-S-3088 Vapors — Biz Markie Biz Markie Vapors (Single) Cold Chillin' PRO-S-3088 US 1988 Sell This Version
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4-27784 This Is Something For The Radio — Biz Markie Biz Markie This Is Something For The Radio (Single) Cold Chillin', Cold Chillin' 4-27784 US 1988 Sell This Version
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103846-1AX Vapors / Comin Thru / Off On Your Own (Girl) — Biz Markie 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
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7 - 19427 Just A Friend / Spring Again (Remix) — Biz Markie Biz Markie Just A Friend / Spring Again (Remix) (Single) Cold Chillin' 7 - 19427 US 1989 Sell This Version
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PRO-CD-3911 Spring Again — Biz Markie Biz Markie Spring Again (Maxi, Single) Cold Chillin' PRO-CD-3911 US 1989 Sell This Version
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7599-21342-0 Just A Friend — Biz Markie Biz Markie Just A Friend (Single, Maxi) Cold Chillin', Warner Bros. Records 7599-21342-0 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
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none Doin' The Mud Foot — Biz Markie Biz Markie Doin' The Mud Foot(Cass, Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records none US 1990 Sell This Version
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PRO-CD-4925 What Comes Around Goes Around — Biz Markie Biz Markie What Comes Around Goes Around (Single) Cold Chillin' PRO-CD-4925 US 1991 Sell This Version
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0-40264 T.S.R. (Toilet Stool Rap) / Busy Doing Nuthin' — Biz Markie Biz Markie T.S.R. (Toilet Stool Rap) / Busy Doing Nuthin' (Maxi, Single) Cold Chillin' 0-40264 US 1991 Sell This Version
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none Take It From The Top (Instrumental) — Biz Markie Biz Markie Take It From The Top (Instrumental)(Acetate, 12", S/Sided) Warner Bros. Records none US 1991 Sell This Version
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9362-40936-2, WO179CD Let Me Turn You On — Biz Markie Biz Markie Let Me Turn You On (Single) Cold Chillin', Warner Bros. Records 9362-40936-2, WO179CD Germany 1993 Sell This Version
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PRO-A-6415 Young Girl Bluez — Biz Markie Biz Markie Young Girl Bluez (Single) Cold Chillin' PRO-A-6415 US 1993 Sell This Version
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WR 20116-2 Nuttin But Flavor — Biz Markie 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
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CC3513 Just Rhymin' With Biz / Let Go My Eggo — Biz Markie Biz Markie Just Rhymin' With Biz / Let Go My Eggo Cold Chillin' CC3513 US 1995 Sell This Version
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CC3534 Pickin' Boogers / The Doo Doo — Biz Markie Biz Markie Pickin' Boogers / The Doo Doo(12", Ltd) Cold Chillin' CC3534 US 1995 Sell This Version
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111377-1S A Message From The Biz — Biz Markie Biz Markie A Message From The Biz(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Grand Royal 111377-1S US 1995 Sell This Version

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musicman39

musicman39

July 21, 2021
RIP to a legend...The best original BEATBOXER and DJ!!! Grew up listening to this legend since 1983!! Another legend gone but will never be forgotten.. MUSIC LIVES FOREVER,, Will be missed..
MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73

MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73

July 18, 2021
I put the booga on the basketball and passed it to him!!! Def Fresh Crew RIP B B B Biz xxx ;)
eskotrackl

eskotrackl

July 18, 2021
I still want rhymin wit Biz again ! RIP Legend !
wumemberone

wumemberone

July 17, 2021
R.I.P.
nobody beats the Biz never again....
thank you for all your music!
love you and never forget you...
launderette

launderette

July 16, 2021
nobody beats The Biz. RIP to one of the greats
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
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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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