Biz Markie is a recognized American music producer, TV icon and comedian. He is dubbed as the ‘Clown Prince of Hip-Hop’ for his contribution to the genre. He has produced and performed “Just a friend”, which is one of the most celebrated hip-hop songs of the 90s. Now let’s have a close look at the net worth of Biz Markie in 2019.
Early Life & Biography:
Marcel Theo Hall was born on April 8th, 1964 in the state of New Jersey but he had spent the greater part of his early life in Long Island. He did his schooling from Longwood High School. He began freestyle rapping at a young age and developed his talent further and debuted in 1988 in the music industry.
Biz came into prominence during the late 80s but soon his popularity took a huge dip. He has kept a low-profile and has spent most of his career free of controversy. Biz has remained a bachelor till present and there is no indication of a change in that. He has kept his love life under the private radar so the public hardly has any knowledge of it.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Biz’s career began in the early 80s in Long Island. His first album, Goin’ Off, was released in 1988. A year later came his new single, “Just a friend”, reaching #9 on the Billboard chart, which made him a nationwide star. The song’s accompanying album, The Biz never sleeps was certified gold.
Biz’s next album, I need a haircut, dropped in sales. He was accused of unauthorized sampling of the song, “Alone again”, by Gilbert O’Sullivan. His image suffered rotten publicity and it adversely affected his record sales. He did not further produce any records but made many television appearances for the remainder of the decade.
His most popular song remains “Just a friend”. It was selected as one of the top 100 greatest hip-hop songs by vh1 in 2008. He has starred in the multi-million dollar film, Men in Black II alongside Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. He has amassed hundreds of thousands of dollars through his stint as a producer for his five studio album releases.
Net Worth & Earnings:
The net worth of Biz Markie is around $5 million. He has accumulated his fortune through his music producing in the 80s and 90s. His other gigs including TV appearances, songwriting, commentating, comic performances and disco-jockeying have also bolstered his net worth throughout his career. He has also featured in other artists’ music. His brief acting career, starring in supporting roles, has also added to his pockets.
Biz Markie is often regarded as a one-hit wonder for his single “Just a friend”. That song propelled him into recognition; however, it would be wrong to call him a one-hit vehicle, as his talents far overweight the rapping industry. He has many talents and has worked in various mediums, all the while preserving his goodwill and scandal-free personal life.