Saturday, September 03, 2005


THE CROWN PRINCE OF LEGAL FEES

Biz Markie is firmly established in hip hop history, his early LP’s and 12”s such as "Goin’ Off" and "The Diabolical Biz Markie" are certified classics, so why the 10 year wait for a new album?

Quite simply the Biz is a legal nigtmare. It is amazing in an era where sampling is so prevalent that the biz is still an infringement target. Biz was at the center of hiphop’s sampling problems back in the mid-eighties when "I Need a Haircut" was withdrawn from the shelves. This set a precedent, from that point on all samples had to be cleared with their artists or publishers, he encountered the most intense legal action on any hip hop artist (De La being a close second) I came across some of Biz's early legal papers and "on a Smoking gun type mission" have included them for download here.

Fast forward to Biz's latest release "Weekend Warrior" the promo CD I was sent featured several tracks which ran into sample clearance problems, as a result the album was completely overhauled into a sub-par effort,
According to Biz: We had 20 records that we couldn't clear because some of the people we sampled wanted ridiculous amounts of money and we ain't used that much of the record. Just a boom - and they want $50,000 just for that? Y'all crazy! I remember in the beginning before I got sued we sampled anything and we didn't pay nobody!

"Let Me See You Bounce" featuring Elephant Man, is the only track from the original 13 featured on the promo to make the actual album, thats ridiculous!
The most bizarre uncleared sample is Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossanova" which Ludicris used right after Biz to create his biggest hit. Also slightly odd is a guest appearance by none other then P Diddy, the "rip off sample" king of the world.

Anyway, that is where I come in, included here are some of the forgotten tracks that I think exemplify the Celebrity Fit Club winner's true party rhyme form. Enjoy!

BIZ LEGAL PDF

MOS FINESS

TO BE REAL

SO FUNKAY

IM A DO IT

HATERS

TEAR SHIT UP


THE ORIGINAL


DANCE PARTY SCREAM SHOUT



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