Hip-hop icon Biz Markie is hitting the road for old time’s sake.
The portly prototype for badly singing rappers (we see you Future) is tapping his Juice Crew brother Big Daddy Kane and the legendary MC Lyte for a 2014 string of performance dates dubbed the 30/25 Tour.
The tour is celebrating each of the artists’ 30 years in the rap game, as well as the notable 25th anniversaries of Kane’s classic 1988 debut Long Live the Kane, Lyte as a Rock by MC Lyte, and Markie’s The Biz Never Sleeps, which houses his karaoke classic “Just A Friend.”
“We’re going everywhere, the last hoorah,” Markie said last Thursday (Oct. 24), as he hosted the unveiling of the Serato Digital Music Experience at the Brooklyn Guitar Center. “I’m bringing Swan out the closet—all my people. We always honor our people when they die; we’ve got to honor them while we’re still alive.”
One thing that’s for sure, “Just A Friend” will ring out at every venue.
“Usually when I make a record I know what the potential is going to be, but I didn’t know that ‘Just A Friend’ was going to be that big,” Markie said. “‘Just A Friend’ opened a world up where I never knew the difference between being a pop star and a regular rap star. It was crazy.”
Stay tuned for the schedule to the 30/25 Tour. In the meantime, reminisce to Biz’ classic throwback video. —Megan Saad