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Hip hop's Ode to Springtime

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Spring has always been known as the season of new beginnings. Fresh buds bloom to dress bare trees and animals emerge from hibernation celebrating the Earth coming to life again. In addition, farmers and gardeners eagerly plant their seeds, as temperatures slowly rise.

From an astronomical standpoint, spring is defined by the angle of Earth's tilt toward the sun, and equinoxes. But what is spring from a hip hop standpoint?

Biz can answer that! New Jersey native Marcel Theo “Biz Markie” Hall never failed to disappoint the true hip hop heads, whether it was through his quirky lyrics or infectious beats.

Taken from his Cold Chilin release, The Biz Never Sleeps, the delightful “Spring Again” with its comedic lyrics, and Biz’s relaxed flow, was outlined by a compelling sample of 1979‘s “Back Together Again”. The classic hit, brilliantly performed by soul icons Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, was the perfect addiction to hip hop’s ode to springtime. “Spring Again” was almost as infectious as Biz’s earlier hits, although it didn’t receive ample radio airplay. Despite this, it’s heavily rotated music video made up for it.

The “Diabolical One’s” career began in Long Island, New York in the early 1980s. It was then when he developed his reputation for beat-boxing and rapping. Biz’s sister, and fellow hip hop pioneer Roxanne Shante, showcased her brother’s beat boxing skills on her 1986 hit "Def Fresh Crew". Shante was part of the iconic Marley Marl's Cold Chillin' Records, and Biz’s performance on her song, established his credibility for his recording career, and also put Cold Chillin Records on the map. Although his career began in 1986, it was 1989’s top 10 hit "Just a Friend" which stapled him in hip hop history. “Just a friend” is still cemented into our heads today, but it’s never too late to add another song to the sing-along list.

Happy 1st Day of spring!

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