Fresh off the hit Yo Gabba Gabba National Tour, Biz Markie, “the clown prince of hip hop”, is a rapper, beatboxer, DJ, comedian, and singer. The legendary Biz Markie brings more than 26 years of entertaining to Pier Six Pavilion for Chessie Jam. Recently, he has been featured in a regular segment, Biz’s Beat of the Day, on the Yo Gabba Gabba television series, in which he teaches children to beatbox. Biz Markie believes in the importance of young children being exposed to the fundamental elements of hip-hop. “It’s important because it’s a natural thing where you can grow and use your imagination. Everything is digital these days, but with hip-hop you can use your imagination,” Biz Markie explained. A performer since the age of 14, Biz is the definition of longevity and has managed to remain one of the most notable hiphop artists and DJ’s in the world. In 2008, his song Just a Friend, from 1989, made the VH1 list of the 100 greatest hip hop songs of all time.