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Biz Markie

Biz Markie



Biz Markie, the ‘Clown Prince of Hip-Hop,’ Dead at 57


Nobody beats the Biz. That is the cold hard reality of life. Whether he is on stage or in the studio, Biz Markie has a way of using humor and his signature vocals to captivate audiences and have them eating out of his hand. In 1996, when he took the stage at the San Francisco Tibetan Freedom Concert, it seemed so natural to have him standing next to the Beastie Boys.

On more than one occasion he has been selected to participate in the live versions of both "Do It" and "Biz vs. the Nuge", but it was on the 1998 Hello Nasty tour where Biz was really given the opportunity to shine. For example, during the Madison Square Garden concert, Biz did his infamous rendition of Elton John's "Benny and the Jets." Biz's cover of "Benny and the Jets" was first released on a vinyl flexi in issue #2 of Grand Royal Magazine; later it showed up again as a track on the Beastie Boys: Sounds of Science Anthology.

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