The Biz Never Sleeps
is the second studio album
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by Biz Markie
Marcel Theo Hall better known by his stage name, Biz Markie, is an American rapper, beatboxer, DJ, comedian, singer, reality television personality, and commercial spokesperson. He is best known for his single "Just a Friend", an American Top 10 hit in 1989...
. It was released on October 10, 1989, on Cold Chillin'
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/Warner Bros. Records
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and was produced by Biz, his cousin Cool V and seminal producer Paul C
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, instead of Cold Chillin' in-house producer Marley Marl
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. The album proved to be a success, peaking at #66 on the Billboard 200
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and #9 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
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, as well as producing his most famous song and biggest hit, "Just a Friend," which made it to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100
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and #5 on the Hot Rap Singles. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on April 24, 1990. The album is now out of print and generally sells for excessive prices on online auction sites.
- "Dedication"- 4:02
- "Check It Out"- 4:01
- "The Dragon"- 4:08
- "Spring Again"- 4:03
- "Just a Friend"- 4:00
- "She's Not Just Another Woman"- 3:46
- "Muddy Foots"- 4:16
- "Me vs. Myself"- 4:47
- "My Man Rich"- 3:44
- "I Hear Music"- 3:01
- "Biz" (feat. Billy Idol
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) - 4:11
- "Things Get a Little Easier"- 4:12
- Serious Business - 2:46