Biz Markie
Goin' Off


4.0
excellent

Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2010 | 28 replies | 5,122 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On his debut, Biz Markie earns his nickname of “Clown Prince of hip-hop”

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

There are MC’s who make you think with their lyrics; criticisms of society, of the music business or observations of life in the ghetto. Some talk about jewelry, nice cars and sexual conquests. Some rappers don’t really say much of substance but they mesmerize you with their lyrical acrobatics and great flow. Then there is Biz Markie. It would be any rappers dream: get one of the best beat makers in the business to produce your entire album, then get one of the best rappers to write your lyrics, that would be a can’t miss recipe for success.

With Marley Marl’s production, Big Daddy Kane’s ghostwriting and Biz Markie’s personality and charisma, “Goin’ Off” is an entertaining listen. Lines like [i] “Then try to get illy with me the inhuman, because I’m like boomin’, Reagan is the pres but so was Harry Truman” are Biz’s idea of political rap and shenanigans like “Pickin’ Boogers” are oddly compelling, hard to believe that someone as flashy and smooth as Big Daddy Kane came up with lyrics like “Just last night, when Kane was gettin' ready, I slipped a little green one inside his spaghetti.” With the maturity of a nine year-old, Biz delivers these juvenile but hilarious lines to open the album and lets you know you’re in for something different… very different.

One of Biz’s best known tracks was also written by Kane, the classic “Vapors.” About how he and his buddies used to be ignored but now that they’re popular, people want a piece of them: “Damn it feels good to see people up on it.” Delivered with his trademark mush mouthed flow, this track earned Biz mad respect in hip-hop circles. The track “Biz is Goin’ Off” contains a verse that should be highly recognizable to hip-hop fans:

“Ha ha ha ha ha! Check out this bizarre
Rappin style used by me, the B-I-Z
Emm-A-R-K-I with the E and, you will be agreein
A brother ain't a brother unless he is say like G'n”


That verse was used by the Notorious B.I.G. for “What’s Beef” and many other lines form this album have been “borrowed” or sampled proving the staying power of “Goin’ Off.” A complaint about this album though is that a few of Biz’s songs are not included in their original versions but rather as “Special Marley Marl Remixes” such as: “Make the Music With Your Mouth Biz,”(where he displays his beatboxing skills)“Biz Dance” and “Nobody Beats the Biz” these versions , although good, are just missing something that the originals had, mainly “Make the Music With Your Mouth Biz” which sounds like a completely different track.

As far as production, Marley Marl was at the height of his powers and provides an appropriately funhouse-esque backdrop for Biz’s crazy rhymes like the James Brown-sampling “Vapors” or the “Fly Like an Eagle” sample on “Nobody Beats the Biz.” Biz’s DJ Cool V also adds to “Vapors” with his superb scratching and his showcase track “Cool V's Tribute to Scratching.”

Biz Markie may have faded into obscurity long ago but “Goin’ Off” is a testament to his abilities and although there is a drop off between the Big Daddy Kane-penned first half of the album and the Biz’s own second half rhymes, his energy and charisma remain constant as well as Marley Marl’s consistent production. His track “Just a Friend” may have later gotten him mainstream exposure but true hip-hop fans know that “Goin’ Off” was the pinnacle for the “Clown Prince of hip-hop.”

Recommended tracks:
Vapors
Pickin’ Boogers
Biz is Goin’ Off



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erasedcitizen
March 3rd 2010



716 Comments


You say he's just a friend...

Bulldog
March 3rd 2010



3796 Comments


Good review d00d.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2010



30294 Comments


Now this may sound disgusting an' like very gross
But it's sure to have your trippin'
So y'all listen close
It's not bright as the sun or sweet like sugar
But it's rather on the bug tip and it's called Pickin' Boogers
Now what I'm emceein' might not seem kosher to you
But it's still somethin' we all have to do
So go up your nose with a finger or two
And pull out one or a crusty crew
Yo, don't try to front like it's so gloomy and gray
'Cause we all pick our boogers sometime every day


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Meatplow
March 3rd 2010



5524 Comments


Great review.

Just A Friend is such a great song, i'd like to check out more of his material

somberlain
March 3rd 2010



2121 Comments


great quote Dev! funny shit

@ Meatplow
start with the tracks I recommended, "Vapors" is easily his best song

RobotFrank
March 3rd 2010



344 Comments


Nice. I heard a few of these, need to hear some more. Good work here.

Meatplow
March 4th 2010



5524 Comments


start with the tracks I recommended, "Vapors" is easily his best song


I usually work by albums, so i'll put it on my list thanks

Bulldog
March 4th 2010



3796 Comments


"Like Biz Markie, she got what I need." - Pimp C

JulesWin
March 7th 2010



993 Comments


Pickin' Boogers is so stupid but still funny

random
February 21st 2011



2243 Comments


Picking Boogers sounds like a good song.

Havey
June 8th 2013



9312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

legendary

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oltnabrick
June 9th 2013



29282 Comments


pickin boooooogerz

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Havey
June 9th 2013



9312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

u havent heard this oltaner

cinaedus
June 9th 2013



26195 Comments


but does hilldawg dig it???????? that is qtheqiesotonop

Havey
June 9th 2013



9312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

double post ugh

oltnabrick
June 9th 2013



29282 Comments


but i have i luv me sum biz markie mark

cinaedus
June 9th 2013



26195 Comments


u havent heard this oltaner


Havey
June 9th 2013



9312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hillary probably hasn't heard this either, bet he doesn't even know who Marley Marl is LOL

cinaedus
June 9th 2013



26195 Comments


krs one>>>>>>>>>>>
immortal technique>>>>>>>>>>>>

~hill

oltnabrick
June 9th 2013



29282 Comments


Hillary probably hasn't heard this either


cept ive heard this LOL



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