Today in hip-hop we celebrate the birthday of Harlem native Biz Markie. In honor of his birthday we’ve compiled a few random fun facts about the human beat box legend.
- Biz Markie began his music career as a beat box for Juice Crew’s own Roxanne Shante.
- He has a beat boxing segment on Nick Jr.’s popular show Yo Gabba Gabba called “Biz’s Beat of the Day”.
- In addition to beat boxing, he’s a rapper and DJ’s for tons of music industry events.
- In early 2000 he appeared in Men In Black II as an alien.
- He has a collection of vintage toys including Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars.
- In 2013, He went on tour for Yo Gabab Gabba Live.
- He guest starred on an episode of Spongebob Squarepants, and did voice over work for Adventure Time.
- Legendary rapper Big Daddy assisted Biz Markie with some of his rhymes.
- His biggest single “Just A Friend” hit #9 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
- He’s currently on tour hosting the Decade’s Collide: 80’s vs 90’s show.
Check out Vapors, another one of Biz Markie’s popular singles.
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