Mic drop, Biz Markie passed today.
Like clockwork, that grimy Sony Walkman player1 in my mind pressed play on “Nobody Beats the Biz“ from Goin’ Off (1988). In the late‐80s, that song was a hammer of a party anthem at house parties all over tha ‘ville.2 There’s something special about Biz; his persona was pretty consistent from start to finish—all about having fun with your friends, acting the fool, and listening to music. Nothing wrong with that. Thank you for the good times! Rest easy, Mr. Hall.
- Found: “Nobody Beats the Biz” lyrics
- Biz Markie: Wikipedia
- Biz Markie: Official site
- Coscarelli, Joe. “Biz Markie, Hip-Hop’s ‘Just a Friend’ Clown Prince, Dies at 57.” The New York Times, 17 July 2021, www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/arts/music/biz-markie-dead.html.
- Photo by Al Pereira | Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture ©Al Pereira