Nobody beats the Biz



     A Mural done of A tribe called quest - One of the greatest ever bands to come out the music known as Hip Hop. A Mural done within New York City from fans of the group. Done September 2016

    2016, has been one hell of year so far. For instance the Celebrity deaths within the music and film world;Brexit drama for the Uk; Syrian criss for the world, Ukraniane Criss for the whole world; and now news of Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the Usa. All those and many more incidents will make 2016 a year that no one will ever forget.

    And now for the brighter note.Well, there is an music album release out on the 11th November, 2016 that we should all take note.

    Its the latest album release in regards to the HipHop group known as A tribe called Quest

     The album is to be named - "We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service" from the group called A Tribe called Quest .

    From various music news sources out there via the Internet It seems as if this is now to being the groups final album.

    On this same "last" album - we are going to be greeted with the musical talents from Young or old such - Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, Anderson Paak, Elton John, Jack White and of course Phife Dawg.

    Phife Dawg. was a member of A Tribe called Quest before his untimely death which occurred on the 23rd March, 2016.

    We were told that he died of complications in regards to his long held illness he had with Type 2 Diabetes. He died at the age of 45 years old.

    The group that is A Tribe called Quest are universally acclaimed across the world their take on Hip/Hop - which branches out to "Alternative HipHop and Jazz/HipHop".

    I have mentioned on this very website to such an extent that I rate them and Gangstarr as the greatest groups to come out of the music of HipHop. This bring about grasp of astounishment from music lovers in general and differnately from the world of HipHop.

    Gangstarr are probably the only other group within HopHop music that could have challenged A Tribe called Quest in their prime

    What about Run Dmc, What about Outkast, what about NWA, what about the Wu Tang Gang, What about Da la Soul, What about Public Enemy and what about the Geto Boys.

    I am going to stand with what I said then and what about I am about to say now. A Tribe called  Quest and Gangstarr in my opinion are the Greatest groups to come from the music of Hip Hop.They with a few other introduced the world with another way of Looking at Hip Hop and they introduce to the world of HipHop the music - the music of Jazz.

    This is my clazy algengy -   A Tribe called Quest are the Beatles of Hip Hop music; and Gangstarr are the Rolling Stones of Hip Hop music (I hope that this makes sense???)

    GangStarr Live on Stage wowing the crowds within the city of Hamburg, Germany

    The music world of Soul, Rock and Funk was already being plundered by the artists of HipHop in regards to samples. However, these two groups with together Da la Soul - looked passed the attitudes of  gesturing, postering and decided that wanted talk about other issues rather then girls, bling issue and excessive swearing within their music.

    At the time they were guiding us along a different route - the use of obscure Jazz music samples; or obsucure music samples in general. By working within that road they helped to change the music world of HipHop music.

    In that there was another way to make and present Hip Hop Music to the masses.

    Now were are being told to expect a 6th ALBUM from the group called A Tribe called Quest - which will be released officially on the 11th NOVEMBER, 2016.Once again the Hip Hop fraternity stops in awe!

     The Original 4 members of possibly the greatest ever band to come from the music of Hip Hop

    It got the same feeling that when the Beatles were going to bring out a new album in their heyday. Maybe not in the same magnitude as the Beatles - but the within the Hip Hop world we just can't wait.

    It appears that the album was being planned by the grroup before the death of Phife Dawg.

    The decision to make another album (their 6th ALBUM) came about after the group were asked to perform on

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the debut album - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (November 2015):


    It was the group’s first television appearance in 15 years, and everyone agreed straight after the performance.

    Q-Tip said. "It felt right,The energy was right. It felt like we was those kids that had that big show in Paris when they were 19. It felt fresh.

    It felt exciting. It felt new. Plus, it was just good to be with my brothers after all of that time".


    This "good feeling" that all of the band members were feeling after that performance. Seemed to be the push that they needed to get this started.


    So Far - A Tribe called Quest have release these studio albums:

    1990: People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

    1991: The Low End Theory

    1993: Midnight Marauders

    1996: Beats, Rhymes and Life

    1998: The Love Movement


    And I as I have mentioned before that the group are to release:


    2016: We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service


    The news is wlecomed by lovers of the music that is HopHop from around the world.

    As many of the fans are in dismay in the quality that is being released to the world in the form of mainstream HipHop music

    Many see this as a positive step by the group, as they have always been able to put out material that stands the test of time in each and every release that they have managed so far.


    A Tribe called Questcome from a period within Hip Hop music where being different, being experimental (upto a point!) and not being scared to try something different  was considered the norm. This period is known as the "Golden Period".

    Also the joining the ranks of the Legenday group was the one and only Dj producer - J Dilla via their last two album releases from the band - which shows how much clout A TRIBE CALLED QUEST had.


    Little did the band know that the releases of each album they put out  - became an event within HipHop Music.

    Their very last album that was called "The Love Movement"(5th album release from the band!) - when it was first released. Didn't get the Love of all the other albums that they released.But for me it was gold. And listening it today - makes me shake my head and wonder what are these people listening to???


    This album alone beats many that are released today within the world of Hip Hop. Let alone the majestic releases of 

    The Low End Theory, Midnight Maurders and Beats, Rhymes and Life which have all earned high praise via the Hip Hop Magazine called the Source


    We all need to remember that the city of New York wasn't always ruling Hip Hop music within the 1990's.

    As we all know that - from 1991 the rise of the "G-Funk" and the West Coast sound in general. New York Hip-Hop was really in the shadow of NWA, Ice-T and Ice Cube.

    It would take something powerful to happen within New York to get the same recognition. That's what The Tribe provided  - with releases such as the Low End Theory, Midnight Maurders and Beats, Rhymes and Life! And some how bought the trophy back to New York if that can be said.


    When Tribe were in full flow - they managed to give us a completely original production style and lyrics that were/was easy to the ears 

    and guided with a light-heartness attitude to the world. Even today those albums mentioned above are still a breath of fresh air within the HipHop scene that's plagued with commerciality at every turn you take.

    Lets Hope that the 6th Album from the group will approach the greatness that is - The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders - just for starters. Or even Beats, Rhymes and Life!!! Personally I don't think it will. As those albums mentioned are as close to prefection that you are going to get for an Hip Hop Album.


    But lets wait and see. Grab yourself a copy and let me know what you think. I will.

    Here is the playlist of the New album:


    We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service" by A Tribe called Quest - Nov 11th, 2016.

    01 The Space Program
    02 We The People....
    03 Whateva Will Be
    04 Solid Wall of Sound
    05 Dis Generation
    06 Kids...
    07 Melatonin
    08 Enough!!
    09 Mobius
    10 Black Spasmodic
    11 The Killing Season
    12 Lost Somebody
    13 Movin Backwards
    14 Conrad Tokyo
    15 Ego
    16 The Donald 

    A Tribe called Quest will also be seen for 1st time on Television since the NEW ALBUM release - via appearing on TV Comedy show known as Saturday Night Live, hosted by Dave Chappelle – on the 12th November, 2016.

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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  • The 1st Clown Prince of Hip Hop?

    The 1st Clown Prince of Hip Hop?

     The one and only Biz Markie


    Yeap I’ve jump into my record box again. Well it is 2015 to be fair and I haven't done for such a long time. Only this time I have pulled out an album that just made me smile just at looking at the album cover. The album in question is called “Goin off” by Biz Markie


    It was released during the year of 1988. 28 years old ago would you believe! Wow, I remember buying this like yesterday. Another factor about this album was that it was released during Hip hop's golden age.


    The tag name of the Golden agerefers to a period of time within mainstream HipHop Music, during the late 1980s to the mid 1990swhich is said to be characterized by its diversity, quality, innovation and influence within the music gender its self.


    Biz Markie is the stage name of this larger then life Hip Hop personality. However, his real name is Marcel Theo Hall, who was born on the April 8, 1964, within Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA


    The album that is “Goin off doesn’t get the respect in my opinion that it truly deserves. At the time Hip Hop music was really taking on really serious issues of the day such as Race relations, Police brutality, the Unfairness within American society.Then all of a sudden this album gets released right in the middle of it and it just makes you smile.




    The album gave us various funny situations, great story telling tales which was all bound together with the use of great music samples and beats. It is because of this and Biz Markie’sremarkable “witty” encounters and the vision to put that into his "Raps" that he eventually became known as the “1st Clown of Hip Hop”.


    The album in question was produced Hip Hop beats wizard and sample king that is Marley Marl (who’s Real Name -Marlon Williams (born September 30, 1962, New York, USA).He himself is often noted as one of Hip Hop greatest producers within the world of Hip Hop.


    That title alone should make you curious enough to give this long player a listen. However added to the album credence, the 5 of the first songs on the albums lyrics were written by Big Daddy Kane.


    Big Daddy Kane who's real name being Antonio Hall; was born on the (10th September, 1968, New York City, USA) is also credited as being one World’s top 25 wordsmith’s and lyricists within the music its self.  As I have mentioned already that he wrote most of the lyrics on this ground breaking album.


    So already we have two of Hip Hop’s royalty helping out in order to produce the debut album release for the artist that is Biz Markie!

    Since its release it is often found within underground Hip Hop fans top 10 best ever albums ever made from that gender; and that fact surprises a number of normal, run of the mill music critics.


    It falls down the pecking order as it is not serious enough. In fact it is too comical with its outlook on life. However, if you are Hip Hop music fan from the late 1980’s to early 1990’s you would have heard of this album.The first single to be released from this album was “Make Music with your mouth Biz”- which showcased Biz Markie huge talent that he had for the technique that is known within Hip Hop circles as “Human Beat boxing”.


    The second single to be released from the album and was and still is my own personal favourite of mine that is Nobody Beats the Biz”.

    Biz MARKIE - Nobody beats the Biz



    When I heard this for the first time on a Mix tape that some one had done for me in 1987, I just could not believe it. It sounded so fresh and funky all at the time. I made a mental note of the single because the artist name was not given on the Cassette tape. In fact at the end of the song I made sure to write down the title of the track on a scrape of paper, so that I would not forget it. Wow is all I could remember when I had finished listening to it. It was an ingenious use at the time of a music sample that used a James Browntrack within the same single.


    However, myself and many of friends who bought the same album straight out after just hearing those two songs mentioned above. Many were even more amazed by the track called the " VAPOURS"

    Biz Markie - The Vapours


    The story telling lyricism of “The Vapours” is so, so true to life; and even plays a part in modern living today. He also brings forth a tale about one of his cousins was looked down as a no hoper by everyone in the neighbourhood.. But now that he made it within the music business everybody wants to know him.


    Biz also tells the story of himself asking to be given a chance with the “Mic” at a local party. But he was basically laughed down. Now that he is making it within the Music industry everybody wants to know him. “Biz” then uses the catch phrase that these types of peoples as Having caught the vapours in reference to them now wanting to know him now.

    The album featured another killer track. Want to catch someone out if they are boasting saying that are from New York City? Ask them about the Mall called “Albee Square Mall”and where it was situatied within New York City, USAat the time.

    Biz Markies’ lyrics over his love for the Mall; and the area in general at the time.Just makes you smile to ones self.

    He paints a mental picture of the Mall and Brooklyn area before it became an area gentrified for the rich via his rich rapping tone of his.

    The beats and music supplied by Marley Marl along with the lyrics created by Big Daddy Kane are truly first class. Please take a bow here you guys

    This album which was released on the label called Cold Chillin; is in my opinion a stone cold classic.


    Throughout the 1990s, Biz’s reputation transcended that of a mere rapper he had become a pop-culture figure. He was making appearances on other rappers records. For instance the Beastie Boys were fans of his, and now were asking him to appear on projects such as Check Your Head (1992)Ill Communication (1994), and Hello Nasty (1998). Biz at this point was a novelty act but also a living legend, a beloved figure. He was even sampled on Anybody Seen My Baby,” a 1997 single by, of all people, the Rolling Stones.




    However, its a shame that Biz Markiehasn’t got the credit today that I feel he truly deserves, He will always be remembered for the track called "Just a friend". However, he has done more then that over his life time. If you ever get to read this Biz Markiewell done my friend. You made alot of people happy and put a smile on their faces via your music and this album. 


    If you were around at the time to hear this album. Or you have since bought the album. What are your thoughts about the album? Have you ever met Biz Markie in person before? Have you ever worked with Biz Markie?Please tell us.

     Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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