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Marcel Theo Hall a.k.a. Biz Markie

Born: April 8, 1964 in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, U.S.

Years active: 1982 - present

“Can you feel it - nothin' can save ya - for this is the season of catchin' the vapors”

The legendary Biz Markie brings more than 30 years of solid Hip Hop acumen and an overwhelming fan-base that stretches from New York City to Japan to Europe. At the age of 14, Marcel Hall dazzled his neighborhood under the alias of Biz Markie. His music scene debut began in 1985 as a beat box for Roxanne Shante of the Juice Crew. From then Biz began constructing his own destiny in the mystifying world of rap and Hip Hop . Now 30 years older and immensely wiser, Biz continues to be universally praised by the ever-fickle and unforgiving Hip Hop  industry. No easy feat to accomplish, Biz is the definition of longevity and has managed to remain one of the most notable artists and DJs in the industry.

Biz Markie

Born to embrace Hip Hop , Biz is originally from Harlem but later moved to Long Island where he gained notoriety by his early teen years for beat boxing and rhyming. The Biz began his journey to musical anarchy, beat boxing his way into Hip Hop  heads’ hearts and delivering humorous, witty rhymes that made him loveable and admired by music fans all over.

You can find Biz spinning and performing to the likes of almost every major celebrity in America and abroad. He has under his belt such mega-events as The Grammy’s After Parties, The Pre-Oscar Party, Will Smith Movie Premiere Events (in the states & overseas), The Essence Festival and events hosted by The Magic Johnson Foundation, State Farm (50 Million Pound Challenge), ESPN as well as for such annual occasions as the Super Bowl, NBA Allstar Weekend, CIAA Weekend and many more.

And just like the business, Biz Markie shows no signs of stopping. He currently Djs and performs in club and concert venues all over the world, consistently booking over 200 shows a year. Biz’s television credits include VH1′s “Celebrity Fit Club”, “Nick Cannons “Wild N Out” on MTV, and recently Nick Jr’s “Yo Gabba Gabba” doing the beat box of the day. Fresh off the “Yo Gabba Gabba” national tour, Biz has appeared on The Jimmy Kimmel Show and The Jimmy Fallon Show. Other projects include commercials for TuneUp Media & designing a sneaker with Pro Keds. The Biz Markie brand has achieved commercial success for corporate sponsors such as Verizon, Pepsi Cola Corporation, Heineken, Budweiser and more. Even after 26 prosperous years in the entertainment industry, Biz Markie continues to maintain his longevity while still pioneering innovative works. He lacks no creative constraints. Biz moves with ease through multiple genres outside of the Hip Hop world, having just finished projects with the alternative rock band The Flaming Lips. Simply put, Biz Markie is one of the most sought after Entertainers/DJs in the business.

Biz Markie

Biz Markie performs onstage at Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: Get The Sillies Out! 50+ city tour kick-off performance on Thanksgiving weekend at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Friday Nov. 23, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for GabbaCaDabra, LLC./AP Images)

Official site: Biz Markie


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