February 6, 2004  
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Biz Markie
Weekend Warrior
Tommy Boy

Although the Notorious B.I.Z., as he often refers to himself, has not released an album in nearly 10 years, Weekend Warrior does not disappoint.

Biz Markie is not your normal rapper — he possesses beats and flows all his own. His hiatus and new sound is primarily due to his taking up DJing. He’s been quoted as saying, “I got bored of rap because rap wasn’t what it was before.” And that was that — Biz dropped the mic, grabbed some tables and started spinning. He went underground, got back to his roots and is currently one of the most in-demand DJs in the world, spinning at the Super Bowl and the NBA All-Star Game.

Along with wicked beats, Biz Markie says whatever he wants and raps about whatever he feels. The third song on the CD is called “Chinese Food,” a song all about his favourite Chinese foods, which he says he made because of his love for shrimp fried rice.

Alongside Biz on this album, there are collaborations with P. Diddy, Erick Sermon and most importantly Jazzy Jeff.

In all, Biz spits some mean lyrics, spins some sick beats and lays 18 solid tracks; it’s an awesome record.

—Benjamin Mann



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