Biz Markie's epic retro bash
When he first emerged on the music scene in 1985, Biz Markie was beatboxing for Roxanne Shante of the Juice Crew. His hip-hop career took off from there. In 1988, he released debut album Goin’ Off, produced by Marley Marl and with lyrics co-written by rapper Big Daddy Kane; but it was his sophomore release a year later that really put him on the map. The Biz Never Sleeps features Biz Markie’s iconic single “Just a Friend,” his most successful single to date, reaching No. 9 on the Billboard charts and being ranked on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.”
And although he may have gotten his big break in the ’80s, Biz Markie has love for the ’90s, too. And to show his appreciation for both, he’s throwing one epic retro bash. If you’re an ’80s fan, or a ’90s fan, or a fan of both decades, come join the party. Last year’s event featured tribute bands who played pop, top 40 and hip-hop cover songs from both eras plus multiple DJ sets from the man himself (yes, he’s a DJ, too). Dubbed as “the clown prince of hip-hop,” the famed beatboxer and rapper Biz Markie gives music lovers the best of both worlds so be prepared for a trip down memory lane—Biz Markie-style.
House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, 7 p.m. April 22, $15 plus tax and fee, 18+. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster