There is only one person who brings an off-key sense of humor to hip-hop, and is referred to as ‘The Clown Prince of Hip Hop.’ He is also popularly known as Biz Markie, the man whose popular 1989 single, ‘Just a Friend,’ made top 40 hits in several countries. Biz Markie was an American rapper, disc jockey, record producer and actor. He currently has a street in Long Island named after him, Biz Markie way.’ Did Biz Markie have a child? How much is Biz Markie net worth?
Marcel Theo Hall popularly known as Biz Markie, had his nickname coined from a combination of the first hip hop tape he listened to, ‘Biz,’ and a nickname from his neighborhood, ‘Markie.’ He worked with about three record labels; Tommy Boy, Cold Chilling and Warner Bros. His genre is hip hop; golden age hip hop, comedy hip hop. In this article, you will find out everything you need to know about Biz Markie, his wife, Biz Markie net worth and his painful death.
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Biz Markie’s Early Life, Age, Height and Weight
The 57 years old rapper was born April 8, 1964, in Harlem, New York, United States. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a weight of 105kg. He graduated in 1982, from Longwood High School in middle highland, and started making a name for himself by going for shows and performing at different colleges, such as; Washington DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania. He also went for shows in New York City nightclubs.
Personal Life and Relationship
As much as fame and scandals work together, Biz Markie made sure it was a different story for him. He ensured he did not get involved with any scandal or illegal issue. He also lived a private life, but openly came out about his relationship when he got married to Tara Davis Hall.
Tara Davis Hall is a beautiful model and entrepreneur, who got married to Biz Markie in 2018, after they had been in a serious relationship for a very long time. In an Instagram post, she tells the world how she was deeply hurt by his death, and how Biz Markie would have been an awesome father to her daughter, Averi, who she had from her past relationship.
Biz Markie’s Music Career
Biz Markie net worth started growing when he released his debut album ‘Goin off’ in 1988. The responses to the single, ‘Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz’ were amazing, and it was enough encouragement leading him to release another album on October 10, 1989 with the help of his cousins, Paul V and Cool V. The second album, ‘ The Biz Never Sleeps,’ had the popular single, ‘Just a Friend,’ which was his most successful single, and made #9 on the billboard charts. Biz Markie was on a roll and released a third album in 1991.
Unfortunately the sales for this one was low, and was affected further when Markie served a lawsuit from Gilbert O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan claimed the single, ‘Alone Again,’ from the album, featured an unauthorized sample from his own hit, ‘Alone Again (Naturally). The court ruling made Warner Bros. pull down the album and clear all samples with the creator. In 1993, Biz Markie responded with his fourth album, ‘All Samples Cleared.’
Biz Markie’s Acting Career
He made his first few television appearances in, In Living Color, The Dirty Dozens, Ed Bacon: Guidance Counselor and Macho man. From 1992-1999, he made guest appearances with a rap-rock group, ‘Beastie boys,’ in Check Your Head, III Communication, Hello Nasty, and The Sounds of Science. In 1996, he appeared on the Red Hot Organization; a compilation CD that was meant to raise AID awareness among African-American men. Biz Markie net worth kept growing, as he appeared in Men in Black II with Will Smith in 2002, and did a remix of Just a Friend in the movie, ‘Fast Lane,’ where he played as himself.
In 2005, he appeared in Celebrity Fit Club, a television show meant to challenge celebrities into losing weight by dieting and exercising. It turned out Markie lost more weight than every other person on the show. During Chris Rock’s tour in 2008, ‘No Apologies,’ he had the opening act, spinning records from old school to hip hop. In 2013, he was a guest in SpongeBob SquarePants, and was the voice of Snorlock, in Adventure Time. In 2017, Biz Markie appeared in black-ish, and hosted a radio show in 2020 on LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells Radio every weekday.
How Much is the Clown Prince of Hip Hop Net Worth?
Biz Markie net worth is currently $1 million, obtained from album sales, comedy shows, and several film appearances.
- His song, Just a Friend, was #81 on the 100 greatest one hit wonders of 2000.
- Just a Friend also made it to the list of Video Hits One (VH1’s) in 2008.
- In 2010, Biz Markie was on the list of VH1’s 100 greatest artists of all time.
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Biz Markie’s Death
In 2020, his fans started feeling sad when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and had to go to a rehabilitation facility. He suffered from a stroke after coming out of a diabetic coma. On July 16, 2021, he died at Baltimore Hospital.