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the biz never sleeps

the biz never sleeps

Updated: 2014-10-04T19:31:48.193-07:00


biz, the soulman and school of hard knocks


This story just came in from the one and only Soulman:

"First time I talked to Biz was on the phone some years back, in a three-way convo with DJ Cash Money. Biz has been telling Cash that he's looking for this record that School Of Hard Knocks (i think that's correct) sampled on their album awhile ago. Cash doesn't know it, but he says he knows somebody who probbly does, so he calls me up with Biz on the line. So Biz plays the School Of Hard Knocks record for me, I don't know what the sample is either. So Biz kinda disses me, like "Oh, I thought you knew everything. I thought you was the beat man!" I didn't say anything at the time, but I was pissed the fuck off! After we got off the phone I made it my life's mission to find out what this stinkin' record was. I called EVERYBODY I knew that might recognize this schitt- all the record collectors, deejays, producers, damn near EVERYBODY (some of y'all reading this might even remember me asking about it) and not one person knows what it is or is willing to divulge it if they did know. Finally after some weeks I found out it's by Sun (I just knew it was gonna be some relatively common-ass schitt). So for my next mixtape, Soulman World Of Beats Vol. 3 "Off The Meatracks", I threw in a little dedication where I say "This is going out to Biz" and I play a piece of the Sun record, then cut to a clip of Biz laughing. I meant it all in fun, but it could easily have been taken as a dis, too.So I guess word of this must've gotten back to Biz, because my girl Stef at Bobbito's now defunct Footwork store here in Philly tells me that one day Biz comes barging into the store all wild, roaring something about "WHERE'S THE SOULMAN TAPES??". He proceeds to buy all of my mixes that are in stock and bounces out of the shop! I never heard anything more about that situation, but from everything I've heard about Biz I'm sure that if he was mad about that schitt he quickly forgot all about it. For the record, Biz is the man, no doubt... been a big fan of dude since the 80s right up to now and would never intentionally dis the homie... too much respect. It's just that if ya fuck wit me I gots to fuck wit you, too! It's all love, though"

biz and the cti suitcase full of mardi gras 12" without the bells


from a post on remember right when this whole Mardi Gras 12" thing started some interviewer tracked down the old head of marketing and production at CTI.50 cent (bin) wrote:Anyways he said that they defenitely DID press up about 10-15 copies of the Mardi Gras 12" He said they were sent out to top dj's only and were put in some kind of briefcase for promotional perks.He said it's extremely rare and his is the only one he's seen in years. But it does exist. It was never commercially available.He did however say that he had no clue if there was a possibility of there being no bells. It said he doubted there was but they could have defenitely been lowered in a pressing mistake.So to my knowledge, (well his knowledge, haha) there defenitely is a 12" of mardi gras. But there's no verification of one with no bells.Dusty Kid wrote:I was with Biz the other Night and he claims to have it. He doesn't seem like he's lying about it either. He Described exactly how it goes and he said that it starts with the open drums for 2 - 4 Bars then the Bells come in.He said he is gonna play it for me so I will see.Paul Nice wrote:I was down at Biz's house a few years ago and he showed me the 12''.From what I remember there were 2 cuts per side.He didn't play it for me though. To this day he swears up & down that the version you posted (with the lower bells) is NOT the version on his 12".He steadfastly maintains that there are absolutely NO bells on it.But knowing Biz, until the day I actually hear the record, I remain skeptical.Dusty Kid wrote: Yeah he Told me it was a 12" too. I heard stories about it being a 45 but he confirmed it was a 12". We're supposed to be going to his crib in the next few weeks so if he has it, I will make sure he plays it for me. Thats my only objective in life now.herbalizer wrote (non mardi-gras-bells-related):Wasn't it Biz who proclaimed he actually owned five 12" copies of "Blow Your Head" by Fred Welsey or something, some years back? Was there ever a 12" format EVER, for this cut?Said he found them in the Carribean on a trip there?.Jamaican pressings or something...? Or are these well-manufactured rumours to further stir the pot of trainspotters and backpackers worldwide?Jay Quan asking DJ Quick (NYC):Jay Quan:it was originally made with out the bells and then it came out with the bells. Bizmarkie told me he had it.DJ Quick: Let me tell you about Bizmarkie, remember that guy I was telling you about Lenny, well Biz bought his collection right before he died, so Biz has that “Mardi Gras” with out the Bells. He has it in his collection and other stuff nobody has, because this guy Lenny had it all. So if Biz says he has it, he has it.a few days ago paulnice wrote:Biz finally played me the alleged copy of the bell-less mardi gras over the phone.I had him play it over for me a few times while I set up my Radio Shack telephone recorder.So, I have audio proof! Although VERY low and muddled.It still might not satisfy skeptics.[...]

biz and his sneakers


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Funny Biz Markie stories and appreciation thread!


From another soulstrut post.DeeRock wrote: Ok, I'm NYC at club Mars in the mid 80's and biz jumps up on stage and grabs the mic and tells Red Alert to stop deejaying. So he gets the clubs full attention and he says he got a brand new song and it's a really dope and he wants to perform it for everyone. So the whole club is sitting there wacthing him and it's all quiet and he is just standing there like he is thinking, then he said he forgot the lyrics! Fuckin' comedy.......... He drops the mic and walks off.hogginthefogg wrote: Not my own story, but I wish it were: I read an interview with Biz from some Canadian zine a few years back. He was buggin' on the different snack foods up there, in particular the Malt Vinegar Pringles. Of said snack, he said:"Yo, I killed them joints! I gotta get they autograph."I laughed for about two hours. Big Chan wrote: Phone rings one day about 6 years ago. First time I ever talked to Biz on the phone:Me: HelloBiz: What you got?Me: Excuse meBiz: What you got! Kung-fu movies man. Ca$h told me to call you about the movies.Me: Who is thisBiz: Biz man! What movies you got.I then start to list off every rare kung-fu movie in my collection that I can think of. After every title I mention, Biz replies "Got it!" He then says get to the rare stuff man! We start talking about all kinds of kung-fu movies for about and hour and a half. Biz then says, "Gotta go, I'll call you back."Later that night I'm DUMB tired from work the day before and I'm sleeping early.Wifey comes in a wakes me up, she's holding the cordless phone. She has a confused look on her face and says "someone named Biz is on the phone for you, he said that you told him to have me wake you up if he called back and you were sleeping. He sounds crazy, is everything ok?" I never told him to have her wake me up. Dude is always on some comedy like this!ThesOne wrote: Biz and I are shootin' the shit on the phone one day and his other line rings. he says hold on and clicks over. Then he comes back on and says "yo thes, you gotta be real real quiet when I click over again aight? don't say anything aight? just sit there and listen aight?" Then he clicks over again and now I'm on three way calling with him and some girl and he starts macking her up, but making little record jokes while he's doing it. I'm trying not to laugh but can't believe what I'm hearing. he's on the phone with her for like 45 minutes and convinces her to come through and "rub his back". Dude is the mack like that. She hangs up and he starts whilin' like See Thes?!! That's how you do it??!! Right there!What a guy.Another time we were performing at this festival in London. The line up on our stage was something to the effect of Supernat,De La, Jeru, PUTS, Ice T, Biz and a bunch of others. At the end of the show biz gets on the tables and opens his case to expose nothing but incredible ass original disco twelves, starting the set with doubles of an Apache 12 with a cover. In between going back and forth he's flossing the covers to the crowd. Ice T is standing next to me and goes "That Thits incredible." Then Biz stands (literally) on stage while the crowd sings all of the lyrics to Just a Friend. he didn't say a single line. DOPE.One other time Biz called me while Djing a midget convention in Canada. huh? Big Chan wrote:That dude gets ALL the gigs. He called me from Black ski week in Colorado one time.ThesOne wrote: One more Biz story:One day I am expressing my love for the movie Beat Street to Biz and he's like:Yo, you know I tried out for that right? I auditioned for the "beatboxer" but they picked Dougie because he was skinnier.Philly Phil wrote: I get a strange indecipherable message on my voicemail one day about 1 year ago. Kinda sounded like he might've said it was Biz, but I didn't know. I call the number he left on the message and sure enough, it is the great Biz Markie. Second time I ever talked to Biz on the phone:Me: HelloBiz: Who dis?Me: Yo, somebody left a message for Soulman th[...]

the biz neve sleeps ...


... is a blog with stories about the one and only b.i.z. . If you got a story yourself then don't hesitate to contact me. Ok, here we go, it all started ...

anno 2005, the soulstrut forums, the Big Dude™ Hip-Hop Collectors thread:

Big Chan wrote:
Word. Paul Nice and I should start a thread of Biz stories one day, there are SO many funny stories! Just talking to that dude on the phone is always complete comedy. He is a very cool guy. Anytime he comes through town, Supreme and I meet up with him and he proceeds to show us ALL kinds of crazy records and play us all kinds of raer joints off of CDRs. Unreleased Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh 80s songs like woah! Marcell Hall is that dude.

DeeRock wrote:
I heard a story about biz stopping off at 7-11 and running into to get some candy. He buys the box of Boston Baked beans. Not one small box, the entire box containg all of the small boxes. Then jumps in the car and eats them all, he rips off the lid and swallows the whole box and lets them fall all down his face and stomach! Lol. Then he goes to the grocery store with Pajamas on and throws 30 boxes of cereal in a cart and heads to the checkout counter. Paul nizzle, can I get a witness? I deejayed with Biz many times. One time we just got done and I was talkin' to him and some girl walks up and right in the middle of our conversation he just grabbed her hand and left! Shit was hilarious. Then another time we were leaving the club and some kid ran up to him and Biz slammed the car door in the kids face. This dude is fuckin hilarious, the first time I met him he had got my number from someone and called me out of the blue, I answered my phone and he said "You don't have any records"! I was laughing so fuckin' hard, he continued to sing to me for two hours. No lie.

ThesOne wrote:
The first time I talked to Biz on the phone it just happened to be april fools day and dude just calls out of the blue. Conversation went something to the effect of:

T: Hello?
B: Yo is this Thes One? (in typical Biz voice)
T: Huh? Who the f** is this?
B: It's Biz man?!!
T: This shit aint funny, who is this?
B: It's the emmeza emmeza!
T: For real, naw man haha april fools.
B: No Thes it's the (beatboxing now) buf uh one two, I'd like to introduce myself..
T: oh my god....
B: Yah man! I love ya rekkid!!!

Dude is like that.

DeeRock wrote:
Exactly! This dude calls me out of the blue and all he says when I answered "You don't have no records" in typical biz voice. Same shit I'm like who the fuck is this? "It's Biz". I already know what you went through duke.