You can find Biz spinning and performing amongst almost every major celebrity in America and abroad.He has under his belt such mega-events as The Grammy’s After Parties, The Pre-Oscar Party, Will Smith Movie Premiere Events, Chris Rock’s “No Apologies” tour, events hosted by The Magic Johnson Foundation, State Farm (50 Million Pound Challenge), ESPN as well as for such annual occasions as the Super Bowl, NBA Allstar Weekend, CIAA Weekend, Essence Festival and many more. He currently DJs and performs in club and concert venues all over the world, consistently booking over 175 shows a year.The single "Just a Friend", in which he alternates between rap and singing, became Markie's most successful single, reaching #9 on the Billboard charts.
Biz Markie is an American rapper, beatboxer, DJ, actor and comedian who appeared as a special guest in Season 1, then later became one of the new cast members in Season 4 of the improv comedy show Wild 'N Out on MTV.
Before he got famous Biz Markie was interviewed in the 1986 cult documentary Big Fun In The Big Town.
Now 30 years older and immensely wiser, Biz continues to be universally praised by the ever-fickle and unforgiving hip-hop industry.
No easy feat to accomplish, Biz is the definition of longevity and has managed to remain one of the most notable artists and DJs in the industry.
Markie released his debut album, Goin' Off in 1988, which attracted a fair amount of attention, largely due to the lead single, "Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz".
The album also featured the underground hit singles "Nobody Beats The Biz", "The Vapors" and "Pickin' Boogers".His music scene debut began in 1985 as a beat box for Roxanne Shante of the Juice Crew.From then Biz began constructing his own destiny in the mystifying world of rap and hip-hop.Sales of the album were already low when Markie was served a lawsuit by Gilbert O'Sullivan, who claimed that the album's "Alone Again" featured an unauthorized sample from his hit "Alone Again (Naturally)". Records Inc., that altered the landscape of hip-hop, finding that all samples must be cleared with the original artist before being used.O'Sullivan's claim was upheld in a landmark ruling, Grand Upright Music, Ltd. In accordance with 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 with the samples' creators before releasing the records.Born to embrace hip-hop, Biz is originally from Harlem but later moved to Long Island where he gained notoriety by his early teen years for beat boxing and rhyming.