Biz Markie is a hip-hop legend. He has been making hip-hop history for more than 15 years. Known worldwide from New York City to Japan for such catchy songs as Just a Friend The Vapors and Make the Music (with your mouth), Biz Markie is one of the most celebrated entertainers in the industry. Born Marcel Hall in Harlem USA, Biz Markie stepped onto the scene in 1985, at age fourteen, as the beat box backup for Roxanne Shant of the Juice Crew.He then adopted his alias Biz, a name his mother used to call him because he was such a busybody and Markie, short for Marcel, was his neighborhood nickname. Today, Biz Markie's unique style is easily recognizable and well received.
In 1988 , Biz Markie signed his first record deal with Prism/Cold Chillin' Records and subsequently with Cold Chillin' Warner Bros. During his 5-year upward success with Warner Brothers Records, Biz made hip-hop history that made a lasting impact on the music industry. He was the first rap artist to be sued for sample clearance. As a result, the album, 'Need A Hair Cut' was removed from the shelves and the Biz Markie Sample Law was instituted. He been through it all but is "going to keep it moving until I can do it anymore". Biz Markie demonstrated his resilience when he started BizMont Entertainment a production company with manager and longtime friend Monte Wanzer.
With one of the largest number of collective works, Biz has over 30,00045-records and over 50,000 12"inch albums. Because of his longevity in this business, Biz has an enormous collection of music. "He can spin for crowds of all colors,ages and backgrounds and will leave them in awe every time", says Wanzer.
The The Spin Master has performed for such celebrity meg-events as The Grammy After Parties, The Pre-Oscar Party, The Essence Festival, The Magic Johnson Foundation Parties, Soul Train Music Awards, Sinbad's Soul Fest, and a recent performance for Diana Ross' private birthday party. "That will be one of my most memorable performances ever, there were so many legendary entertainers in the house, and I was the controller of the celebration. It was a birthday celebration for Ms. Ross, but a celebration of incalculable things for me", says Biz. His musical M.C. roster also includes parties for Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Puffy, Andre Harrell, Jermaine Dupri, Shaquille O'neal, and Kobe Bryant to name a few.