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Iconic ’80s rapper Biz Markie became an MTV staple thanks to “Just A Friend,” and recently he has appeared on MTV2’s “Hip Hop Squares.” You already know the Clown Prince’s hit, and you probably know he’s a nasty beatboxer. But you probably didn’t know these seven little nuggets about Marcel Theo Hall.
1. He is the reason all samples must be cleared with the work’s original artist. After sampling a song on “Alone Again,” he was taken to court by the original songwriter and the resultant case, Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records Inc., established that samples must be approved by the copyright holder.
2. He has his own recurring beatboxing segment on the kids’ show “Yo Gabba Gabba!”
3. He also made several appearances on “Crank Yankers,” which is most definitely not a kids’ show.
4. If you go to his website, for $10 Biz will record a custom greeting for your voicemail. We suggest you do this.
6. He was sampled on the 1997 Rolling Stones song “Anybody Seen My Baby.”
7. He just performed at the 13th annual Gathering of the Juggalos.