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Biz Markie

Marcel Theo Hall (born April 8, 1964, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey) better known by his stage name, Biz Markie, is an American rapper, beatboxer, DJ, comedian, singer, reality television personality, and commercial spokesperson. He is best known for his single "Just a Friend", an American Top 10 hit in 1989. In 2008, "Just a Friend" made #100 on VH1's list of the 100 greatest hip hop songs of all time. Markie has been called "the Clown Prince of Hip Hop." Biz Markie's career began on Long Island, New York in the early 1980s, where he established his reputation for beat-boxing and rapping. MC Shan and Roxanne Shante were part of Marley Marl's Cold Chillin' Records, and Biz beatboxed on Shante's underground hit "Def Fresh Crew" (1986). This lent credibility to his recording career and put Cold Chillin' on the map. In the same year, Biz Markie's debut single, "Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz", was released on Prism Records. He 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

Pierre Garcon -- BELTS OUT 'JUST A FRIEND' ... With Biz Markie

Pierre Garcon
BELTS OUT 'JUST A FRIEND' ... With Biz Markie

Pierre Garcon took it all the way back to 1989 this week ... busting out a live version of "Just a Friend" with rap legend Biz Markie ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. The Washington… READ MORE >

Biz Markie's New Job -- Feeding Beats to Kids

Biz Markie's New Job
Feeding Beats to Kids

Biz Markie is not only a hip-hop legend ... he's now a children's television superstar on "Yo Gabba Gabba!" -- and we got Biz to break down his kiddie beat box skills.Check out TMZ on TV -- click… READ MORE >

- 1721 days ago
Rapper Biz Markie: 'Memba Him?!

Rapper Biz Markie
'Memba Him?!

In 1989, rapper Biz Markie scored a huge hit with the song "Just a Friend." Guess what he looks like now! READ MORE >

- 2478 days ago
You Got What I Need

You Got What I Need

The 46-year-old resurfaced at some event In NYC on Monday with Omarosa, looking all smiles. Biz's real name is Marcel Theo Hall.In 2009, Markie appeared in a Radio Shack commercial. READ MORE >

- 2478 days ago

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