Biz Markie – Goin’ Off

Biz Markie released his debut album “Goin’ Off” on March 1, 1988.  The album was produced by Marley Marl and released on Cold Chillin’ Records.

The first time we heard of Biz Markie, we had heard “Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz” EP that also include the songs “The Biz Dance“, the acapella “A One, Two” and of course “Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz” which had that dope Isaac HayesIke’s Mood 1” piano sample in it.  The track put Biz on the map and made us rewind that piano riff over and over again.

Well I’m the human orchestra called Biz Markie
Makin music orderly is my specialty
When I go {*BOOM*} ah one two, girls get excited
When they hear my lyrics they wanna recite ’em
I know y’all in the mood, just go with the flow
And I can play rappin records and all disco
Like “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” by Michael Jackson
Or the Treacherous 3 record, they call “Action”
When you hear me do it, you will be shocked and amazed
It’s the brand new thing they call the human beatbox craze

Biz Markie is a comedic genius.  On “Pickin’ Boogers” he talks about how going up deep in your nostrils and picking a meaty green morsel is as normal as taking a poop. He also talks about his homeboy Big Daddy Kane so much, you know Kane has something to do with writing some of these rhymes on this LP.

Now this may sound disgusting and like very gross
But it’s sure to have you trippin’, so yo, listen close
It’s not bright as the sun or sweet like sugar
But it’s rather on the bug tip and it’s called Pickin’ Boogers
Now what I’m MCin’ might not seem kosher to you
But it’s still somethin’ we all have to do
So go up your nose with a finger or two
And pull out one or a crusty crew
Yo, don’t try to front like it’s so gloomy and gray
‘Cause we all pick our boogers some time every day
Whether out in the open or on a sneak tip
With a finger, tissue, or even a Q-Tip
Take it from the Biz Markie because I’m jokin’
And also, remember this slogan
“Hey, ma, what’s for dinner?
Go up your nose and pick a winner”

Nobody Beats The Biz” was that track that everybody used to sing, especially when they took the hook from the electronic store, “The Wiz“.  The track even has one of the funniest lines in Hip Hop when he says, “Reagan is the Pres but I voted for Shirley Chisholm”.

On and on to the break of dawn
When you buy food cheap, you need a coupon
Or catch a sale retail, before it gets stale
So hurry up and get the WIC check out the mail
And shop non-stop, but how I hip-hop
On the mic and like make you co-op-
-erate with the rhythm, that is what I give em
Reagan is the Pres but I voted for Shirley Chisholm
It might sound confusing, the style that I’m using
But in the end I’m sure that you will find it quite amusing
And funny, oh honey, it’s just ridiculous
Don’t try to front, come on and admit you was
Thrilled, chilled, your heart was all filled
So respect the architect as I begin to build
Science and my reliance is upon my rap
Like Carl Lewis I get to it, so let’s go the lap

This Is Something for the Radio” is one of those tracks that will make you say, where have I heard that beat before?  The track samples a beat from a scene from Prince’s movie “Under The Cherry Moon“.   The album version has no rap lyrics, just Biz ad-libs.  The rap remix had the rhymes we were looking for.

This is another hit from Biz Markie
Dedicated to the radio, not he or she
Be-cause it’s time for them to get recognized
This is my version of the Nobel Peace Prize
That’s why I’m comin out my face like this
Far as negativity, you never get dissed
If it wasn’t for you, nobody would know
That’s why this is something for the radiohhhh

Lastly and most importantly, we have the “Vapors“.  This is the song that made Biz a household name up until we heard, “Just A Friend“.  The song set Yo! MTV on fire and was in heavy rotation on BET and MTV.  It sampled James Brown’s “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” and talks about the “come-ups”of Juice Crew members TJ Swan, Big Daddy Kane,Cutmaster Cool V and Biz himself.  The track basically meant “eat my dust” and become one of his dopest tracks in the Biz Markie library.

Last subject of the story is about Biz Mark
I had to work for mine to put your body in park
When I was a teenager, I wanted to be down
With a lot of MC-DJ’ing crews in town
So in school on Nobel Street, I say “Can I be down, champ”
They said no and treated me like a wet food stamp
After getting rejected I was very depressed
Sat and wrote some def doo-doo rhymes at my rest
When I used to come to parties they’d make me pay
I would have to beg to get on the mic and rap that day
I was never into girls, I was just into my music
They acted like I wanted to keep it instead of trying to use it
But now things switched, without belief
“Yo, Biz, do you remember me from Noble Street, chief?
We used to be down back in the days”
It happens all the time and never cease to amaze

The album is a certified classic album and with songs like “Goin’ Off“, “Albee Square Mall” and “The Biz Dance“, you know that the forward button on your cassette deck was not going to be used!

-Al E.

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