Biz Markie
The Biz Never Sleeps


2.5
average

Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
February 21st, 2011 | 8 replies | 4,034 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Trying to do it all on his own, Biz hits sophomore slump.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

There are several types of rappers, some don’t have great lyrics or flow but have a lot to say. Others don’t have much to say but are great lyricists and have a great flow. There are others who don’t have much to say and aren’t great lyricists but have a lot of emotion and passion. There is a very small group though that are the complete package: lyrics, flow, subject matter, emotion… and then, there’s Biz Markie. Biz is difficult to categorize, he got over mostly based on his personality and charisma but mostly with the help from his Juice Crew members on his debut.

Biz Markie’s debut Goin’ Off succeeded in most part due to the contributions of Marley Marl(production) and Big Daddy Kane (lyrics). With that kind of help, it was difficult to NOT release a great album but on his sophomore effort The Biz Never Sleeps, Biz Markie produces the album himself with some help from Cutmaster Cool V. Biz also pens all the lyrics himself, a noticeable downgrade from Kane’s raps.

The reason most people know Biz Markie is the song ‘Just A Friend’, a cautionary tale about girls who only have “friends”, even though Biz is pretty disengaged from this girl and you can tell what he really cares about: “I asked her her name, she said blah-blah-blah, she had 9/10 pants and a very big bra.” Over a memorable piano loop and Biz’s “so bad it’s [s]good[/s] entertaining”-style of singing on the chorus, this track was a top 10 hit and unfairly got Biz labeled a one-hit wonder. It would be unfair to expect maturity from someone who had a song called ‘Pickin’ Boogers’ but ‘The Dragon’ is awful even by Biz’s standards, three verses that deal with body odor. Biz showcases his (slowed down) singing chops on ‘Spring Again’ which manages to succeed despite (because of?) it’s very cheesy chorus:

“It's spring again
Everybody know it's spring again
To the girls and boys and people above
This is the time to fall in love”


Although Biz has a legendary record collection, his production skills are very raw here as shown on ‘She's Not Just Another Woman (Monique)’ a full scale hijacking of The 8th Day’s track. Sampling is one thing but straight out taking someone else’s song is totally different and this practice would eventually land Biz in hot water, effectively ended the “free-sampling” era.

The Biz Never Sleeps may contain Biz’s biggest hit but without his Juice Crew cohorts, this is a huge drop-off from his debut. Goin’ Off may not have had a song as memorable as ‘Just A Friend’ but top to bottom, it towers over The Biz Never Sleeps. This album proves that charisma can only take you so far, even though there are a few good moments on here, it shows that without Marley Marl’s beats and Kane’s raps, Biz wasn’t much more than a gimmick.

Recommended tracks:
Just A Friend
Check It Out
Spring Again



Recent reviews by this author
Nas Street's DiscipleLloyd Banks The Hunger For More
The Haunted The HauntedOrganized Konfusion Organized Konfusion
Roadrunner United Roadrunner United The Concert (DVD)AZ Doe or Die
user ratings (5)
Chart.
3.8
excellent
related reviews

Goin' Off

Comments:Add a Comment 
AtavanHalen
February 21st 2011



17927 Comments


YOUUUUU

YOU GOT WHAT I NEEEEEED

somberlain
February 21st 2011



2121 Comments


You, you got what I need but you say he's just a friend
And you say he's just a friend,
OH BABY YOUUU, YOU GOT WHAT I NEEEEEEEEED but you say he's just a friend


somberlain
February 21st 2011



2121 Comments


dammit Atavan!
beat me to it!

Bulldog
February 21st 2011



3796 Comments


intro is eerily similar to the one you used to review his first album.

reporting you for plagiarism.

somberlain
February 21st 2011



2121 Comments


Oh shit! I didn't do it intentionally Bulldog
yes, I plagiarized

Bulldog
February 21st 2011



3796 Comments


foreverbanned.jpg

iFghtffyrdmns
February 21st 2011



7047 Comments


I don't give a god damn fuck about Biz Markie but I will read and pos this based solely on the fact that IT'S NOT ANOTHER DAMN RADIOHEAD REVIEW.

and, of course (I'll settle for third place here), OHHH BABY YOUUU-UUUUUU

Urinetrouble
February 22nd 2011



5760 Comments


good review. rating is right too. man i love just a friend



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy