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It’s hard to believe but it’s true, Biz Markie’s iconic song “I Need A Haircut” is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Released in 1996, it was the lead single from his second album “I Need A Haircut” and is widely regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop songs of all time.
The song was produced by Marley Marl, who also produced “The Symphony” and “The Bridge is Over”. It features a sample of “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper and features Biz Markie rapping about how he needs a haircut. His lyrics are simple and straightforward and have become a classic in the hip-hop world.
The Making of ‘I Need A Haircut’
The song was recorded in Marley Marl’s home studio in Queens, New York. Biz Markie was inspired to write the song after he noticed that many of his peers were getting haircuts and he wanted one too. Marley Marl sampled “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper for the track and it was an instant hit when it was released.
The song is full of classic Biz Markie lines, such as “I need a haircut, ‘cause the kids don’t stop/I need a haircut ‘cause the ladies won’t drop” and “A-yo, I’m gonna hit the barbershop/No more hairdos, mohawks and fades/I just want a decent shape”. The chorus of the song is also memorable, with Biz Markie singing “I need a haircut” in a high-pitched voice.
Why the Song Still Resonates Today
“I Need A Haircut” has aged gracefully and still resonates with hip-hop fans of all ages. The song is still played at parties, in clubs, and on the radio. It’s a classic that never gets old and always brings back memories for those who heard it when it first came out.
The song is also a reminder of the golden age of hip-hop, when artists such as Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, and KRS-One ruled the airwaves. It’s a reminder of a time when rap music was all about having fun and the good times that were had.
The Legacy of Biz Markie
Biz Markie’s legacy is one of a pioneer in the hip-hop world. He was ahead of his time and was one of the first rappers to embrace the use of humor and wit in his lyrics. He was also one of the first rappers to embrace the use of samples and has been credited for popularizing the use of samples in hip-hop.
Biz Markie’s influence can still be felt today. His iconic song “I Need A Haircut” is still widely appreciated and is a reminder of the golden age of hip-hop. He is an icon and his legacy will live on for years to come.
Biz Markie’s “I Need A Haircut” is an iconic song and is a reminder of the golden age of hip-hop. It is still widely appreciated today and is a reminder of the good times that were had. The song is a classic and a testament to Biz Markie’s influence and legacy in the hip-hop world.
Biz Markie’s “I Need A Haircut” is a timeless classic and will continue to be appreciated for years to come. It is a reminder of simpler times and of the good times that were had. It is an important part of hip-hop history and is a reminder of the golden age of hip-hop.