January 4, 1992
Coming amid the nationwide celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, U.S. District Judge Kevin Duffy's decision in the Biz Markie copyright infringement case ("Judge Raps Practice of 'Sampling,' " Dec. 18) serves as a sobering--and much-needed--reminder that the First Amendment is not absolute in its meaning or protections. Nor would the music industry wish it to be. Interpreted literally, the First Amendment's guarantee that "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press" would overturn not only the obscenity laws the music industry routinely denounces, but also the copyright laws it strenuously defends.
January 30, 2013 |
When first generation rapper Doug E. Fresh, former Roots beatmaker Rahzel or "Yo Gabba Gabba" rapper Biz Markie learned to mimic a hip-hop rhythm using only their voices, chances were they had little idea what they were actually doing with their mouths. "Beatboxing,” as it came to be known, includes laryngeal lowering and lingual retraction, labial approximation, velic raising (to seal the nasopharynx off from the oral vocal tract, of course) and rapid raising of the tongue dorsal.
May 2, 2012 |
In 1985, Los Angeles rapper Toddy Tee released what could be considered West Coast hip-hop's opening salvo against police brutality in black neighborhoods. The electro-grooved "Batterram," named for the battering ram that then-LAPD Chief Daryl F. Gates used to smash into homes of suspected drug dealers, was a hit on local radio station KDAY-AM. The track went on to become a protest anthem in minority neighborhoods around the city where the device was often deployed against homes that were later proved drug-free: "You're mistakin' my pad for a rockhouse / Well, I know to you we all look the same / But I'm not the one slingin' caine / I work nine to five and ain't a damn thing changed …" rapped Toddy Tee. The L.A. riots of 1992 arrived with its soundtrack in place.
August 4, 2000 |
On their third album, the British trip-hoppers affect a more upbeat tone as they continue to blenderize pop styles. Indulging their retro passions, they veer confidently from languid bluesiness to jaunty funk to vibrant disco, even offering an old-school-sounding hip-hop ditty featuring a freestyling Biz Markie. Skye Edwards' vocals may be less gloriously depressive, but she's still engagingly contemplative on such tracks as "Love Is Rare."
April 10, 1990
DIC Enterprises, a Burbank producer of animated children's television programs, said two production companies have entered into a nonexclusive arrangement to jointly produce live-action and combination live action-animated programs for DIC. LMNO Productions, headed by Eric Schotz, a former "Eye on L.A." producer, and K.O. Productions, headed by Kevin O'Donnell, a former DIC executive, are currently developing for DIC a Saturday morning pilot called "Let's Get Bizzy," featuring rapper Biz Markie.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2000
De La Soul headlines the Live at the BBQ hip-hop festival on July 3 at Oak Canyon Ranch in Santiago Canyon. Also on the main stage bill are Common, Reflection Eternal, Mos Def, Biz Markie, Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek, Pharoahe Monch, Souls of Mischief, Dilated Peoples, Jeru the Damaja, Medusa, Aceyalone, X-Ecutioners, Craze, Cash Money and Beat Junkies. A second stage will have performances by Dusk, Mark Luv Drez, Higher Gabe Real and Filthy Immigrants.