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". He has been labeled The Clown Prince of Hip-Hop. His name was inspired by German statesman, Otto von Bismarck.
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 ShantÃ©. 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 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-...
|Origin||Harlem, New York City|
|Born||April 8, 1964|
|Genre||Hip hop music|
|Associated acts||Juice Crew|