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Biz Markie

Biz Markie's inclination toward juvenile humor and his fondness for goofy, tuneless, half-sung choruses camouflaged his true talents as a freestyle rhymer. The Biz may not have been able to translate his wild rhyming talents to tape, but what he did record was worthwhile in its own way. With his silly humor and inventive, sample-laden productions, he proved that hip-hop could be funny and melodic, without sacrificing its street credibility. His distinctive style made his second album, The Biz Never Sleeps, a gold hit and its single, "Just a Friend," into a Top Ten pop single. While its success made Markie a semistar, it also cursed him. Not only was he consigned as a novelty act, but it brought enough attention that Gilbert O'Sullivan sued him over the unauthorized sample of "Alone Again (Naturally)" on Biz's 1991 album I Need a Haircut. The lawsuit severely cut into Markie's career, and 1993's All Samples Cleared! was the last record he released during the '90s. However, his reputation was restored somewhat in the mid-'90s as the Beastie Boys championed him and other alternative rap groups showed some debt to his wild, careening music.

A native of New York, Biz (born Marcel Hall) first came to prominence in the early '80s, when he began rapping at Manhattan nightclubs like the Funhouse and the Roxy. Biz met producer Marley Marl in 1985, and began working as a human beatbox for Marl-connected acts MC Shan and, later, Roxanne Shanté. He also recorded his first set of demos, and by 1988, had signed with Cold Chillin'. Later that year, he released his debut, Goin' Off, which became a word-of-mouth hit based on the underground hit singles "Vapors," "Pickin' Boogers," and "Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz." A year later, he broke into the mainstream when "Just a Friend," a single featuring rapped verses and out-of-tune sang choruses, reached the pop Top Ten, and its accompanying album, The Biz Never Sleeps, went gold.

The Biz Never Sleeps put him near the top of the hip-hop world, but he fell from grace as quickly as he achieved it. Biz's third album, I Need a Haircut, was already shaping up to be a considerable sales disappointment when he was served a lawsuit from Gilbert O'Sullivan, who claimed that the album's "Alone Again" featured an unauthorized sample of his hit "Alone Again (Naturally)." O'Sullivan won the case in a ruling that drastically changed the rules of hip-hop. According to 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 fully before releasing a hip-hop record. Biz countered with his 1993 album, All Samples Cleared!, but his career had already been hurt by the lawsuit, and the record bombed.

For the remainder of the decade, he kept a low profile, occasionally guesting on records by the Beastie Boys and filming a freestyle television commercial for MTV2 in 1996. The alliance with the Beasties raised his profile considerably, but Biz began DJing instead of continuing to record. Finally, in 2003, he released Weekend Warrior for Tommy Boy, though it was his appearance (and victory) in 2005 on VH1' s Celebrity Fit Club that brought him more attention than the actual record. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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all biz s**t rock u no!
I love just a friend. but that chorus makes my f**king ears bleed
Hell yeah some good old school rap finilly.
He put in hat off hands down
My mom used to go to high school with him up in Patchougue, New York. I heard he was the bomb.
F U Busters
I like this song
Pure hip hop
that was funny but true
But you say he just a friend, but you say he just a friend. Oooohhh baby yoouuu
nicko252008
Haha all the haters in here probably weren't even BORN yet.
Ooo baby u
You. You got what I need
Follow mee(:
And you say shes just a friend he sounds white
pooh_bear333
YOUUUUUUUUUU U U YOUUUUUUUUUU GOT WHAT I NEED BUT YOU SAY HE IS JUST A FRIEND!
This dude f**king sucks
Biz Markie is just so awesome because of his "most of the time" immature lyrics, but he is just regularly awesome...
Damn I somewhat remember the first time I heard this guy I was about in the 3rd or 4th grade and I had just gotten up for school and the lady who used to take care of my brothers and sisters and I was blasting you say he's just a friend and since then I have been listening to rap music though my father got me and my brothers and sisters listening to old school rock and roll music like metalica and ACDC and Queen but that didn't stop us from all getting our own taste in music especially my sister
I heard this recently in an elevator to the clinic
Hip Hop was a lot better when it was underground
Agree they think 2 chains and tyga are the s**t but they ain't got rythem like older artist rip hip hop
nicko252008
Kids nowadays don't know about hip hop, they talk about it but we lived it. Today the music is being destroyed and people love it, it's an illusion that it's blowing up but in reality it's being controlled by big business and the art has been killed completely.
Ray William Johnson version was also good but this is better
This is real not that illuminati S H I T
N**ga my life fo real
I love biz markie
he's stupid in a good way
Read my bio..
Classic
dayum i fucken love this song!! anyone wanna follow me?? I wil Follow back
Who remembers picking boogers?
New rappers can rap at all
My
S**t ^.^
awesome
The best rap song ever!!! youngsters you better recognize !!!
guys. who cares if he cant sing. he had balls to do this. he is amazing. he was an idol of the 80s so stop talking about his singing. hes a great artist.
G
Just A Friend... a girl put her cookies on hold wouldn't let Biz have any? I wonder why?
FOLLOW ME^_^
I know how he feels this happend to me:(
Follow me 4 a follow back
1. Kiss your left hand
2. Say your crushes names
3. Close your hand
4. Say a weekday
5. Say your name
6. Open your hand
7. Post on 15 other songs and you will be asked out by your crush on that day
That just took me back
Awesome brings back memories
Favorot song
u say hes just a friend...
Oh- cant forget the shout out to paper food stamps y'all!! HahahhA
This guy went to the same High School as me. It's awesome!
This was the "CUT" ! The hip-hop world great during 80's. Fun and the gear, chains, glasses & unity. Biz made party dizzy. Smile.
Stick to rapping not singn lol
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