Biz Markie

A well-loved pop culture figure for over three decades, rapper Biz Markie established his fame through his exceptional beatboxing skills and off-kilter rapping on singles like "The Vapors," "Nobody Beats the Biz" and ... Read more »
Born: 04/08/1964 in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (24)

Sharknado 2: The Second One 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

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2010 Soul Train Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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Undateable 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Celebrity Fit Club 1993 - 1994, 2004 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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Crank Yankers 1993 - 1994, 2003 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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In Living Color 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'n' Out 1993 - 1994, 2004 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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The Chris Rock Show 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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Townsend Television 1993 - 1994, 2006 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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The Andy Milonakis Show 2004 - 2007 (TV Show)

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I Love the '80s: 3D 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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I Love the Holidays 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Yo Gabba Gabba! 2006 (TV Show)

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Crank Yankers Christmas Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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I Love the '90s: Part Deux 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Five Sides of a Coin 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 2003 Essence Music Festival 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Free Tibet 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rhyme & Reason 1997 (Movie)

Participating Artist (Actor)

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

1st Drug Worker (Actor)
Music (6)

The Book of Life 2014 (Movie)

("Just A Friend") (Song)

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy 2011 (Movie)

("Just A Friend") (Song Performer)

The Wackness 2008 (Movie)

("Just A Friend") (Song Performer)

The Wackness 2008 (Movie)

("Just A Friend") (Song)

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

("Just A Friend") (Song Performer)

Space Jam 1996 (Movie)

("That's the Way (I Like it)") (Song Performer)

Biography

A well-loved pop culture figure for over three decades, rapper Biz Markie established his fame through his exceptional beatboxing skills and off-kilter rapping on singles like "The Vapors," "Nobody Beats the Biz" and "Just a Friend," which rocketed him to the top of the hip-hop charts in the early 1990s. However, a lawsuit involving unauthorized use of a sample on the 1991 single "Alone Again" not only capsized his career, but also changed the structure of recording hip-hop music by requiring labels to clear all samples prior to an album's release. However, Markie's oversized personality kept him afloat in the wake of the suit, mostly as a guest performer on television shows, as well as albums by the Beastie Boys and Will Smith. By the new millennium, he had transformed from class clown to admired elder statesman of hip-hop, as well as a guaranteed laugh generator on television shows ranging from "Celebrity Fit Club" (VH1, 2005-2010) and "Yo Gabba Gabba!" (Nick Jr./Noggin, 2007- ). Throughout the often-unusual trajectory of his career, Markie never lost his commitment to old-school hip-hop through the venerable art of beatboxing, a skill that required just one instrument - his mouth - and a limitless imagination.

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