Biz Markie – Just a Friend

Yo so my second post which is kind of running with a theme from the first is obviously Biz Markie. Legendary rapper, beatboxer, DJ and at times TV personality. Biz Markie’s career began in 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). This lent credibility to his recording career and put Cold Chillin’ on the map. In the same year, Biz Markie’s debut single, “Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz”, was released on Prism Records. He released his debut album, Goin’ Off, which attracted a fair amount of attention, largely due to the lead single, “Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz”. The album also featured the underground hit singles “Nobody Beats The Biz”, “The Vapors” and “Pickin’ Boogers”.

I Need a Haircut sales were already low when Markie was served a lawsuit by Gilbert O’Sullivan, who claimed that the album’s Alone Again featured an unauthorized sample from his hit “Alone Again (Naturally)”. O’Sullivan’s claim was upheld in a landmark ruling, Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records, Inc., that altered the landscape of hip-hop, finding that all samples must be cleared with the original artist before being used.

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In accordance with the ruling, Warner Bros., the parent company of Cold Chillin’, had to pull I Need a Haircut from circulation, and all companies had to clear samples with the samples’ creators before releasing the records. This development reflected the increasing popularity of hip-hop and the financial stakes over which releases were set.

The Track ‘Just A Friend would be Biz Markies most commercially lucrative release hitting number 9 in the US billboard charts. the Biz samples singer/songwriter Freddie Scott’s track ‘Just a Friend’ using the basic chord and melody as the base of the Song. Freddie Scott was a solo artist from Providence, Rhode Island who began his career as a songwriter for Colpix Records, along with Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Scott recorded the chart-topping hit “Hey, Girl”, which reached #10 on the pop listings, and went on to chart a string of other Billboard Hot 100 singles between 1963 and 1971. Just a Friend was also sampled for Ghostface Killah’s “Save Me Dear” in 2004 and has been used numerous times by turntablists, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist to name but a few. Scott passed away June 4th 2007 and his contribution to music shall always be remembered.

Freddie Scott – You Got What I Need

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