Born Marcel Hall in Harlem USA, Biz Markie stepped onto the scene in 1985, at age fourteen, as the beat box backup for Roxanne ShantĂ© of the â€śJuice Crew.â€ť He then adopted his aliasâ€“â€śBizâ€ť a name his mother used to call him because he was such a busybody and â€śMarkie,â€ť short for Marcel, was his neighborhood nickname. Today, Biz Markieâ€™s unique style is easily recognizable and well received. In 1988, Biz Markie signed his first record deal with Prism/Cold Chillinâ€™ Records and subsequently with Cold Chillinâ€™/Warner Bros. During his 5-year upward success with Warner Brothers Records, Biz made hip-hop history that made a lasting impact on the music industry. He was the first rap artist to be sued for sample clearance. As a result, the album, â€śI Need A Hair Cutâ€ť was removed from the shelves and the â€śBiz Markie Sample Lawâ€ť was instituted. â€śIâ€™ve been through it all but Iâ€™m going to keep it movinâ€™ until I canâ€™t do it anymore.â€ť Biz Markie demonstrated his resilience when he started BizMont Entertainment a production company with manager and longtime friend Monte Wanzer.
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