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Biz Markie (born Marcel Hall April 8, 1964 in Brooklyn) is an American East Coast hip hop artist 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 Cold Chillin' in 1988 (see 1988 in music) 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.

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 semi star, 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.
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May 12 Fri 7:30 PM I Love The 90s: Naughty By Nature, Kid N Play, Blackstreet, Sisqo, Montell Jordan, Mark McGrath & Biz Markie DCU Center
Worcester, MA
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May 13 Sat 7:30 PM I Love The 90s: Naughty By Nature, Kid N Play, Blackstreet, Sisqo, Montell Jordan, Mark McGrath & Biz Markie Cross Insurance Center
Bangor, ME
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May 19 Fri 7:30 PM Decades Collide - 80's vs. 90's: Biz Markie House Of Blues - Chicago
Chicago, IL
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May 20 Sat 8:00 PM Biz Markie Saint Andrews Hall - Detroit
Detroit, MI
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May 27 Sat 8:00 PM I Love The 90s: Salt N Pepa, Rob Base, All 4-One, Color Me Badd, Biz Markie & Young MC Moncton Coliseum
Moncton, NWB
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Jun 2 Fri 9:00 PM Biz Markie Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Greensboro, NC
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Jun 9 Fri 9:00 PM Decades Collide - 80's vs. 90's: Biz Markie House Of Blues - Anaheim
Anaheim, CA
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Jun 10 Sat 9:00 PM Decades Collide - 80's vs. 90's: Biz Markie House Of Blues - San Diego
San Diego, CA
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Jun 17 Sat 8:00 PM Decades Collide - 80's vs. 90's: Biz Markie House Of Blues - Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach, SC
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Jun 17 Sat 9:00 PM Biz Markie Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Greensboro, NC
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Jul 7 Fri 7:30 PM I Love The 90s: TLC, Naughty By Nature, Biz Markie & Montell Jordan Xfinity Arena At Everett
Everett, WA
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Jul 8 Sat 7:30 PM I Love The 90s: TLC, Naughty By Nature, Biz Markie & Montell Jordan Abbotsford Centre
Abbotsford, BC
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Jul 15 Sat 7:00 PM I Love The 90s: TLC, Biz Markie, Montell Jordan & Rob Base Concord Pavilion
Concord, CA
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Jul 16 Sun 7:30 PM I Love The 90s: TLC, Mark McGrath, Biz Markie & Kid N Play Vina Robles Amphitheater
Paso Robles, CA
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Jul 21 Fri 8:00 PM I Love The 90s: TLC, Coolio, Biz Markie & Color Me Badd Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Las Vegas, NV
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Jul 22 Sat 7:30 PM I Love The 90s: TLC, Biz Markie, Blackstreet & All-4-One Talking Stick Resort Arena
Phoenix, AZ
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Jul 23 Sun 7:00 PM I Love The 90s: TLC, Biz Markie, Coolio & C and C Music Factory Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheatre
Tucson, AZ
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Aug 2 Wed 7:00 PM I Love The 90s: TLC, Naughty By Nature, Biz Markie, Tone Loc, Rob Base & C&C Music Factory Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Mount Pleasant, MI
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Aug 4 Fri 7:30 PM I Love The 90s: TLC, Biz Markie, All-4-One & Mark McGrath Resch Center
Green Bay, WI
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Aug 6 Sun 7:30 PM I Love The 90s: TLC, Biz Markie, All-4-One & Color Me Badd DTE Energy Music Theatre
Clarkston, MI
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Aug 10 Thu 7:30 PM I Love The 90s: TLC, Naughty By Nature, Biz Markie, Rob Base, C+C Music Factory, Freedom Williams & Snap! Pinewood Bowl Theater
Lincoln, NE
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Sep 2 Sat 8:00 PM I Love The 90s: TLC, Montell Jordan, Color Me Badd, Coolio & Biz Markie Mohegan Sun Arena - CT
Uncasville, CT
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Sep 8 Fri 7:30 PM I Love The 90s: TLC, Naughty By Nature, Biz Markie, Tone Loc & Snap! Salem Civic Center
Salem, VA
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Sep 16 Sat 7:00 PM I Love The 90s: TLC, Biz Markie, Mark McGrath, O-Town, All 4 One & Snap! Ravinia Pavilion
Highland Park, IL
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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.
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