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"The Biz Never Sleeps" was the second solo album from 'The Diabolical' Biz Markie, as in 1989 the rapper (who is also known for his beatboxing abilities) came with a record to keep the flow going for Cold Chillin' Records as many of their acts (such as Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shanté and MC Shan) were all doing big things at the time, and with this he would be seen to continue this as the New Yorkers brought one of his most well-known comedy raps with the assistance of both the late Paul C and his DJ and producer Cool V.
1. "Dedication" (Intro)
2. "Check It Out"
After a few shout-outs, you find that he gets right down to things and powers through with something hardcore here as he appears to perform his raps to some rather dark beats, ones which alter the way he approaches the mic(rophone) and gets busy with it (compared to on his debut). I wouldn't say that this is a negative, but it takes a while to adapt to these alterations in the artist's style.
3. "The Dragon"
On this one you find tha the does things on top of some pounding beats and so it seems to carry through the same sort of things which came across in the track prior to it in that he seems to have progressed to some degree and these developments have allowed him to explore a wider range of things in his music. He ensures that it seems to be thoroughly-explored by sticking these together, and I felt hat it was a good way to get things going.
4. "Spring Again"
With this one he jumps on some fresh breaks to suit what was going on at the time in East Coast Hip Hop, and with this he is seen to do big things as he rips through the material in a fresh manner and he seems to be one of the first to actually take things back to the real Old School (1979-1982) to bring back the days when everything sounded invocative.
5. "Just A Friend"
This was perhaps the biggest single from the album and one which has him making full use of his comedic skills as he incorporates this into the mix as he half-raps ad half-sings )in a terrible manner) at a time when h s distraught over the fact that his girl has been seen to be creating, in spite of his girl saying that the person she is with is, just as is said in the title. I(especially if you have heard Mario's R&B remake).
6. "She's Not Just Another Woman"
This one seems like the perfect track to work from, with what came just prior to it, as here you have the themes in the music carrying their way through to get what you find here as he is still attempting to get some love from the girls. It fits right in with expectations of the artist and how he tends to operate when it comes to the rhymes. For this reason I thought that it stood as a strong one in the album.
7. "Mudd Foot"
This is a banger on the album and one which I felt was a stand-out track on the release as you find that with it Biz takes things to another level to show that although he is able to do well with the jovial rhymes, he is just as strong when it comes to flowing with real lyrical skill with much more complex material to reflect the fact that the game was undergoing some significant changes to eradicate this sort of thing from the game (unless you could find a balance as he could).
8. "Me Verses Me"
On this one you find the other main talent of Biz comes into effect as he sets up a nice concept track where he battles against himself and shows how well he is able to deliver with the rhymes and his beatboxing to come out with a funky fresh jam for everyone to get down with and calm things to as he lets down his guard for a short while and allows himself to just really have some fun as a short break.
9. "My Man Rich"
This is a fly cut on the album and one which seems to stand out as you see that he takes things in a different direction and chooses to calm things right down here for a change and flow about one of his closest friends. It is one which seems to get to you, without knowing exactly who he is as Biz takes us through some anecdotes of the two of them and what they got up to before their circumstances changed.
10. "I Hear Music"
In this one he powers through with something heavy as you find that this one he performs where he is able to track his relationship with music and how exactly he has grown with Hip Hop over what was (at the time) a ten-year stretch. It is one which shows a time when Gangsta Rap hadn't really taken over the game yet and s what is said is very relevant and seems to represent the atmosphere of the game at this time.
11. "Biz In Harmony"
On this one biz tries out a little more singing for a bit of a change and although he's not likely to impress anyone through this, I felt that it was another nice opportunity to allow him to just show what he is really about and why people shouldn't just take him for what is found on the full raps and instead should take everything which you take from the album into account where working out what he does for music.
12. "Things Get A Little Easier"
The album is seen to end in the best way possible as he gets down to one where he flows out some of his most effective rhymes and does big things with it to leave a strong lasting impression upon the listener and have them stay in knowledge of the fact that such quality was found within this release and he was able to effectively carry0though the sort of success which was brought about for his debut.
I felt that in spite of the fact it didn't have the same sort of kick that his debut did, this album was just as strong as his first one and it has him coming with some fresh material to show he, just as others out in New York can make the transition from block party performers to successful recording artists too.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Check It Out
4 Spring Again
5 Just a Friend
6 She's Not Just Another Woman (Monique)
7 Mudd Foot
8 Thing Named Kim
9 Me Versus Me
10 My Man Rich
11 I Hear Music
12 Biz in Harmony
13 Things Get a Little Easie