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Biz Markie in Vancouver at Republic (Live) [Review]

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Vancouver, B.C. -Vancouver was treated to a visit from Biz Markie twice over: it seems that every generation has a place in their heart for the beatboxing, lispy-mouthed MC and the popular kids show Yo Gabba Gabba features “Biz’s Beat of the Day” to an impressionable young audience.

Biz Marke live at Republicin Vancouver - September 2010


Not that the crowd at the Republic was much less impressionable. After a rousing performance by reggae cover band Retrofit, DJ Cool V took the audience on a journey through hip-hop’s golden era. From Naughty by Nature to Pharaoh Monche – who, notable have both been through this town in the past months – he spun some dance-inspiring, singalong tunes.

The Biz himself did a short set, it couldn’t have been much more than 20 minutes, but it was the whole Biz Markie experience, complete with intricate beatboxes and the main highlights from his catalogue. Of course “Pickin Boogers” was performed, complete with actions, as well as “Nobody Beats the Biz.” And the ever-popular “Just a Friend,” by now an anthem for anyone born in or around the eighties, wrapped up the night.

Short and sweet, Biz Markie proved that he can please any crowd, and entertain across the board.

Words and photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada

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Amalia Judith was born in Winnipeg, MB and quickly whisked away to a childhood of travel throughout California, England, Germany and predominantly Pakistan. In 2006 she completed an honor's degree in English Literature, which left her quite jobless and alone in East Van. Amalia cut her teeth at abortmag.com, Canada's darkest counter-culture magazine, moving on to contribute words and flicks to HipHopCanada: she's currently a member of HipHopCanada's West Coast team and has had the privilege to interview hip-hop icons like Lil' Kim, Pusha T, Big Boi, Three Six Mafia, Yelawolf, Pharrell Williams and most of Wu-Tang. Amalia also works as a Key Worker educator and advocate for families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, as well as heading up Team Heartbreak, a media production company that pairs community involvement and artistic movements.

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