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Biz Markie Announces One Off Auckland Show

Biz Markie Announces One Off Auckland Show

Tuesday 17th May, 2011 9:36AM

Hip hop legend and funnyman Biz Markie will be heading to New Zealand for a one off Auckland show early next month. He's the first of what we hope to be many sideshows from Vivid Live festival in Sydney.

Biz Markie
Wed 8th June, Zen - Auckland

Full details below, here's Biz Markie's classic video for "Just A Friend":

Biz Markie - Just A Friend by rikma

Or watch "Just A Friend" here on youtube.

Press Release:


Biz Markie is a hip-hop legend. Known worldwide from New York City to Japan for songs such as 'Just a Friend', 'The Vapors' and 'Make the Music (with your mouth)' Biz Markie is one of the most celebrated entertainers in the industry.

Born Marcel Hall in Harlem USA, Biz Markie stepped onto the scene in 1985, at age fourteen, as the beat box backup for Roxanne Shanté of the “Juice Crew.” He then adopted his alias–“Biz” a name his mother used to call him because he was such a busybody and “Markie,” short for Marcel, was his neighborhood nickname. Today, Biz Markie’s unique style is easily recognizable and well received.

In 1988, Biz Markie signed his first record deal with Prism/Cold Chillin’ Records and subsequently with Cold Chillin’/Warner Bros. During his 5-year upward success with Warner Brothers Records, Biz made hip-hop history that made a lasting impact on the music industry. He was the first rap artist to be sued for sample clearance. As a result, the album, “I Need A Hair Cut” was removed from the shelves and the “Biz Markie Sample Law” was instituted. “I’ve been through it all but I’m going to keep it movin’ until I can’t do it anymore.”

Come see this hip hop legend on the mic at Zen, a night that is sure to be unforgettable!

$42+bf tickets available from Dash tickets, Real Groovy, Beat Merchants, Conch Records. Limited $50+bf Biz Markie / Jazzy Jay combo tickets also available.


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Wed 8th Jun
Zen, Auckland

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