David Corio

Biz Markie

London, UK
(April 6, 1988)

Starting out as a beat box for Roxanne Shante it didn’t take long for Biz to forge his own identity. Signed to Cold Chillin’ Records "Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz" put him on the map and his humour in his music and exciting live performances has helped him retain his popularity and respect in the business.

I took him to an alley near his UK record company and he immediately started hamming it up for the camera – strangling himself with his rope chains, contorting his face for every shot. At one point he suddenly leapt onto a Mercedes that had been parked nearby and jumped off the hood! He was a photographer’s dream - he didn’t need any art-direction - he just went for it !

Biz has had an incredibly varied career - as a recording artist he was one of the first artists to be served a law-suit for unauthorized sampling. He is also a
celebrated club DJ, a star of tv commercials and winner of Celebrity Fit Club in 2006! He acted with Will Smith in "Men In Black 2" playing a beat boxing alien.

Biz Markie