DA BIZ MARK IZ A "GOIN OFF!"
So Biz Markie was a pioneer in hilarious rap tactics and truly being himself. He didn't try to be hard or gangster and was legendary for his beatbox skills He was an example of having fun and being free. Now a documentary is being shown by Showtime honoring the legend. The documentary is called ALL UP IN THE BIZ, directed by Sacha Jenkins, (Wu-Tang: Of Mice and Men) and will be shown on Showtime Friday, August 11.
The documentary premiered at Tribeca Festival last month.She said “Biz Markie is the pure essence of hip hop. He believed in, he lived it, he harnessed its powers,” said Jenkins. “Most people don’t know that he used those powers to power up some of the culture’s greatest poets and then some. I was fortunate to meet with Biz when he was alive so to have the opportunity to bring him back to life now that he isn’t here…it’s a special film. Experiencing Biz Marks impact on music at a young age showed how bright and creative he was.
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The documentary features interviews with people like Fat Joe, Nick Cannon, Tracy Morgan. and more. He inspired many artists and actually put on none other than Big Daddy Kane from Brooklyn. It was sadly revealed Biz Markie made no money off of "Just A Friend" which was his biggest hit. Him and De La Soul were the two acts in Hip Hop that brought national attention to sampling and it's lawsuits from the original artists. In 1991, O'Sullivan sued Markie over the "Alone Again" sample. Biz worked closely with Marley Marl and in his later years became loved as a DJ who actually travelled around the world and unfortunately passed away at age 57 on July 21st, 2021. While a cause of his death was never revealed, people knew in his later years he struggled with Type 2 diabetes.