"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 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 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-key musical scene, expectations were high for Biz's next album, ''I Need a Haircut''. Sa...
|Origin||Harlem, New York City|
|Born||April 8, 1964|
|Genre||Hip hop music|
|Associated acts||Juice Crew|