Biz Markie

Biz Markie

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Birthday: Apr 08, 1964

Birthplace: Harlem, New York, USA

A well-loved pop culture figure for over three decades, rapper Biz Markie established his fame through his exceptional beatboxing skills and off-kilter rapping on singles like "The Vapors," "Nobody Beats the Biz" and "Just a Friend," which rocketed him to the top of the hip-hop charts in the early 1990s. However, a lawsuit involving unauthorized use of a sample on the 1991 single "Alone Again" not only capsized his career, but also changed the structure of recording hip-hop music by requiring labels to clear all samples prior to an album's release. However, Markie's oversized personality kept him afloat in the wake of the suit, mostly as a guest performer on television shows, as well as albums by the Beastie Boys and Will Smith. By the new millennium, he had transformed from class clown to admired elder statesman of hip-hop, as well as a guaranteed laugh generator on television shows ranging from "Celebrity Fit Club" (VH1, 2005-2010) and "Yo Gabba Gabba!" (Nick Jr./Noggin, 2007). Throughout the often-unusual trajectory of his career, Markie never lost his commitment to old-school hip-hop through the venerable art of beatboxing, a skill that required just one instrument - his mouth - and a limitless imagination.

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Lyricist Lounge: Hip Hop Video Classics Unknown (Character) - 2002

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'n Out Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild Guest 2018-2019
84% 49% Empire Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 75% SpongeBob SquarePants Unknown (Guest Voice) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yo Gabba Gabba! Unknown (Guest Star) 2015 2009-2013 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Music Performer 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crank Yankers Announcer (Guest Voice) 2007 2004-2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eve Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
40% No Score Yet The Tracy Morgan Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chris Rock Show Guest 1998

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