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.
August 6, 1993 |
Robert Townsend is working an agenda in his new film, "The Meteor Man," which he directed, wrote and stars in. It's about what happens when the decent, shy schoolteacher Jefferson Reed gets hit by a meteor and acquires the superpowers that enable him to combat the gang that is terrorizing his neighborhood. It's a fantasy intended to give inner-city black kids a superhero with real meaning in their lives.
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.
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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.