• Nobody Beat The Biz

    5 days ago - By Stereogum

    It wasn't just that the Diabolical Biz Markie was funny. When the Biz made his unlikely pop-chart breakthrough in 1989 - the first moment when a rapper really could score a pop-chart breakthrough - every rapper who crossed over was funny, or at least “funny.” It was a job requirement. Public Enemy and N.W.A and Rakim were deadly serious, and pop radio stayed away from them like their dookie ropes were made of plutonium. The rappers deemed friendly enough for radio play were the ones who ingratiated themselves, the ones who tried to be funny. Tone Lōc and Young MC told loopy stories about...
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  • ‘Just a Friend 2002′ Singer Mario on Biz Markie's Influence: ‘He Will Forever Live Through My Journey in Music'

    ‘Just a Friend 2002′ Singer Mario on Biz Markie's Influence: ‘He Will Forever Live Through My Journey in Music'

    5 days ago - By Billboard

    Biz Markie, the charismatic, Harlem-born rapper best known for his Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit, “Just A Friend,” passed away at age 57 last week. In his honor, singer, friend and collaborator Mario reflects on his relationship with Markie, which began with the R&B singer's hit 2002 interpolation of Markie's “Just A Friend” - breathing new life into the already-iconic track, and becoming a catalyst for Mario's own musical career.
    To say life is short is an understatement.
    It feels like just yesterday that Biz Markie , a.k.a. Uncle Biz, pulled up to my video shoot for “Just A Friend 2002,”...
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