Biz Markie

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Biz Markie at Club Amager Bio, Copenhagen , Denmark 2007
Biz Markie at Club Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark 2007
Biz Markie, 2016
Biz Markie, 2018

Biz Markie (born April 8, 1964 as Marcel Theo Hall in New York City , † July 16, 2021 in Baltimore , Maryland ) also known as The Diabolical , was an American rapper , DJ and beatboxer .

Live and act

Biz Markie was born in Harlem , New York in 1964 . He was one of the well-known beatboxers and MCs of the 1980s and a member of the Juice Crew . He started his career as a hip-hop musician in 1985 as a beatboxer. In 1989 he had his commercial breakthrough as a rapper with the humorous piece Just a Friend , which reached platinum status in the United States . The accompanying album The Biz Never Sleeps achieved gold status in the United States.

The publications in the following years sold significantly worse, only in collaborations with the Beastie Boys was Biz Markie noticed by a wider public. In the late 1990s he devoted himself more to DJing than rapping. Biz Markie played a minor supporting role as a postal worker in the movie Men in Black II directed by Barry Sonnenfeld , in which he demonstrated his beatboxing skills. On the album Sillium by the German hip-hop crew Fünf Sterne Deluxe he had a guest appearance on the track Will Smith, Meer Gayne?

Biz Markie died in Baltimore in July 2021 as a result of complications from diabetes .


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1988 Goin 'off - US90 (18 weeks)
First published: March 1, 1988
1989 The Biz Never Sleeps - US66

(30 weeks)US
First published: October 10, 1989
1991 I need a haircut - US113 (2 weeks)
First published: August 27, 1991

More albums

  • 1986: Make The Music With Your Mouth, Biz
  • 1993: All Samples Cleared!
  • 1994: Biz's Baddest Beats
  • 1998: On the turntable
  • 2000: On the Turntable 2
  • 2002: Greatest Hits
  • 2003: Weekend Warrior
  • 2003: Friends (EP)
  • 2009: Ultimate Diabolical


year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1989 Just a Friend
The Biz Never Sleeps
UK55 (3 weeks)

(22 weeks)US
First published: September 1989
2003 Let Me See U Bounce
Weekend Warrior
UK77 (2 weeks)
First release: October 2003
feat. Elephant Man

Web links

Commons : Biz Markie  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Five Star Deluxe - Sillium. In: Discogs. Retrieved July 13, 2016 .
  2. 'Just a Friend' Rapper Biz Markie Dead at 57th TMZ, July 16, 2021, accessed July 17, 2021 .
  3. a b Chart sources: UK US
  4. a b Awards for Music Sales: US