Biz Markie

Biz Markie is an American rapper, beatboxer, comedian, actor, TV personality, and DJ. He is best known for his timeless hip hop single “Just a Friend”, which became a Top 40 hit in several countries. He is also called “Clown Prince of Hip Hop”. 

Biz Markie has been hospitalized “for weeks” dealing with a serious illness. Biz’s reports disclosed that he wasn’t ill with coronavirus, rather he is suffering from type II diabetes., which Biz has suffered from for years. He’s currently in a Maryland-area hospital and the status of the condition is unclear.

What is Biz Markie famous for?

  • His timeless hip hop single “Just a Friend”.

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Where is Biz Markie from?

Biz Markie was born on April 8, 1964, in New York City, New York, USA. His birth name is Marcel Theo Hall. He holds an American nationality and belongs to an African-American ethnic background. His zodiac sign is Aries. He attended Longwood High School and graduated in 1982. 

There is no information about his parents and siblings.

Biz Markie’s Career Highlights

  • Biz Markie’s career started during the 1980s. Markie released his debut album “Goin’ Off” in 1988 including singles: “Biz is Goin’ Off”, “Vapors”, “Return of the Biz Dance”, “Nobody Beats the Biz” etc. and the album was selected as one of The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums.
  • His second studio album, “The Biz Never Sleeps” was released on October 10, 1989, on Cold Chillin’/Warner Bros Records. The album became successful and reached #66 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. His most famous and biggest hit song, “Just a Friend,” reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Hot Rap Singles.
  • On 27 August 1991, his third studio album “I Need a Haircut” was released on Cold Chillin’/Warner Bros. Records but Gilbert O’Sullivan filled a lawsuit against Biz Markie alleging a sample from his song, “Alone Again (Naturally)”, was used without permission on the album, and the courts ruled in favor of O’Sullivan.
  • Later on, Markie occasionally appeared on some TV shows including, “In Living Color”, “The Dirty Dozens” and “The Dirty Dozens”. 
  • In 1996, he featured in freestyle rap commercial on MTV2.
  • Markie also made numerous guest appearances with the Beastie Boys on “Check Your Head” (1992), “Ill Communication” (1994), “Hello Nasty” (1998), and “The Sounds of Science” (1999). 
  • He rapped on Will Smith’s 1999 album “Willennium” on the track “So Fresh” alongside Slick Rick.
  • In 1996, he appeared on the Red Hot Organization’s compilation CD, “America is Dying Slowly”, along with Wu-Tang Clan, Coolio, Fat Joe, and among others.
  • He has been featured on several songs with different artists, including the Rolling Stones, Len, and the Beastie Boys.
  • In 2002, Markie appeared in “Men in Black II” along with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
  • In 2003, he appeared in the international television series, “Kung Faux” and performed a voice-over character.
  • In 2005, he appeared on the television show “Celebrity Fit Club” which challenged celebrities to lose weight through a combination of diet and exercise. He also appeared in an episode of “The Andy Milonakis Show”.
  • He opened for Chris Rock’s “No Apologies” tour in 2008 and in 2010, he appeared on VH1’s series titled “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.
  • In 2013, Markie took part in the “Yo Gabba Gabba” tour and he appeared on the MTV2 game show “Hip Hop Squares” in 2017. 
  • In 2016, he appeared on the Fox TV series Empire as himself, where he performed the song, “Just A Friend”. 
  • In 2020, he started hosting a radio show on SiriusXM’s LL Cool J’s Rock The Bells Radio (channel 43).

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Biz Markie’s Wife

Biz Markie is a married person. He is married to Tara Markie. The couple doesn’t have children together. Markie keeps his personal life away from the limelight. His sexual orientation is straight.

Biz Markie’s Height

Biz Markie is 56 years old as of 2020. He stands a height is 1.9 m (6 feet and 3 inches) tall, and his weight is 100 kg. (220 lbs.).His hair color is Dark Brown and his eye color is also Dark Brown. 

Biz Markie’s Net worth

Biz Markie is a successful rapper and TV personality. Having been in the field of entertainment, he has made good his fortune through his music career. As of July 2020, Biz Markie has an estimated net worth of over $5 million. There is no information about his salary. His primary income source is his Rapping career.

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