Marcel Theo Hall (born April 8, 1964, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey) better known by his stage name, Biz Markie, is an American rapper, beatboxer, DJ, comedian, singer, reality television personality, and commercial spokesperson. He is best known for his single 'Just a Friend', an American Top 10 hit in 1989. In 2008, 'Just a Friend' made #100 on VH1's list of the 100 greatest hip hop songs of all time. Markie has been called 'the Clown Prince of Hip Hop.' Biz Markie's career began on Long Island, New York in the early 1980s, where he established his reputation for beat-boxing and rapping. MC Shan and Roxanne Shante were part of Marley Marl's Cold Chillin' Records, and Biz beatboxed on Shante's underground hit 'Def Fresh Crew' (1986).
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