Keep Workin’ Your Moneyplan Like Biz Markie

biz-markie-26This weekend I had a connecting flight in Baltimore. On the way to my gate I saw Biz Markie getting ready to board a flight to New Orleans. I checked his Twitter feed and found he would be performing in Baton Rouge that night.

If you don’t know who Biz Markie is then just search YouTube for “Just A Friend”. Yeah, now you remember.

What amazes me is that he hasn’t changed a bit. I would know, I saw him perform live at the Rosemont Theater back in the late 1980’s. How does a rapper who hasn’t released an album since 2003 continue to rock the night clubs and parties?

  • Repetition
  • Persistence
  • Focused goals

These are the same ingredients that can help you become financially secure.


Biz didn’t retire when the records stopped selling. I think Biz may be working harder now to get gigs than when he started out 25 years ago. It was easier back then because everything was still fresh, the record was still hot. Now he works every angle around his established position (what people now refer to as “his brand”).

Biz Markie’s bio is peppered with numerous performances of “Just A Friend” on late night shows and MTV flashback appearances. He even performed the song with Jeff Goldblum in an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2010. In essence, the record just keeps playing.

Shouldn’t he retire the song? I don’t know, should you stop working at your current job? Of course not. You keep showing up, you keep delivering, and you continue to improve or reinvent yourself so you can remain relevant in your career. You keep sending money towards your debt or saving towards retirement – even when it seems like new opportunities to score overtime or cut expenses dry up. Keep hustling and keep working all the angles you can.


Another key ingredient for building financial security is persistence – also known in the industry as “stick-to-itiveness”.

Biz Markie keeps working the circuit – even after his songs stopped hitting the charts. I can only imagine there were times when he thought about quitting and doing something else. Is rapping the only thing he can do? Nope. He continues to find ways to be relevant in the entertainment industry with appearances on Men In Black II, opening for Chris Rock in the late 2000’s, and spinning records at parties.

When times get tough it’s time to get tougher. There will be flat tires and medical emergencies in the middle of your get-out-of-debt plan. You can’t quit when the record stops playing – you need to get out there and keep rockin’ it.

Read more about persistence and the secret to getting out of debt here on my blog.

Focused goals

Do you think Biz Markie ever dreamed he would still be partying in night clubs when he turned 50? Did he have a 30 year game plan? I doubt it, there is no way to predict our future that far in advance. But here we are 25 years later and he’s playing the Stadium Club in Washington DC, the Lyceum Ballroom in Baton Rouge, and the Pier One Pavilion in Baltimore – all within 10 days.

He remains focused on his goal of entertaining people of all ages. I don’t need to prove to you that focused intensity turns light into a laser. Add a bit of focus to repetition and persistence and you have the building blocks of a success story.

I haven’t thought about Biz Markie more than a few times over the past two decades. He’s not in the news, not on the charts, and isn’t co-staring in the next big reality show (yet). He doesn’t have to be. Biz Markie continues to be The Biz.

Keep Workin’ Like Biz Markie

I’m inspired by his story and his ability to still work his craft. It’s proof once again that you can keep working at something for a long time and turn it into a success story. You don’t have to win the lottery or inherit a bunch of money to be financially successful. You just need to keep working your moneyplan, be persistent and focus on your goals.

Now, if you will excuse me – I’m Goin’ Off because I Need a Haircut. Maybe I’ll do it this Weekend (Warrior) after All the Samples are Cleared. (Only a true Biz fan would know what I’m talking about).

What, or who, inspires you to be persistent and stick to your get-out-of-debt plan?

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17 Responses to “Keep Workin’ Your Moneyplan Like Biz Markie”

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  1. He is on one of the episodes of a show my kid’s watch- Yo Gabba Gabba! I didn’t think he had released an album in a really, really long time!

  2. No idea the Biz was still around. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it is not a bad mentality to follow if you are still reaching your goals.

    • I know, right? He could have totally opened a wing joint in Atlanta and started a couple other ventures but he keeps working his Biz (pun intended). It’s rather inspiring!

  3. J. Money says:

    HAH! Your cool points just went up by about 1,000 Senor Stewart. Had know idea you like him or knew who he was! 🙂

    Also, check out this article/interview he did with James Altucher – pretty interesting stuff:

  4. How interesting. Yes these 3 things you listed are really important when trying to get your finances in order. Thanks for sharing!

  5. It’s great that he’s so passionate about music that he keeps going for it even though his big days are in the past. Clearly, it’s not about the fame; it’s about the music. (But there’s that “Yo Gabba Gabba! thing . . . ) And I’m going to guess he has the financial freedom to pursue what he chooses. I’m inspired by people who have made it to freedom from debt and who have started living differently as a result.

  6. This is a great reality check. So often we see artists and athletes and want to be just like them for the money, fame, etc. We never see how much they suffer and sacrifice to make their dream a reality. I agree that he is working harder now when when is record was fresh, but just seeing how much he still gets around shows you just how hard he works to make it. Nothing great comes easy, we all have to work to get what we want.

  7. Lance @ HWI says:

    Success can be fleeting or impossible to obtain so if you find something you succeed at or have a big hit or “blog” you should grind that baby in to the ground as long as you can. Some people find success and think it will lead to bigger and better things and you never hear from them again. Dude is like a niche and has made a life of it. Good for him.

  8. Even Steven says:

    It’s funny the people you meet and talk to in life, must have been fun to listen to some of his story.

    • Unfortunately Steven, I didn’t get to talk to him. He was in the boarding area for a packed flight. Besides, I hate being “that guy”. However, I was about as close to him as I was back in the ’80s (8th row for LL Cool J and Eric B & Rakim concert).

  9. PMK says:

    I’ve been a Biz fan since the mid-80’s. He said in an interview a couple of years ago that he’s pretty secure now from the Yo Gabba Gabba money. He still deejays a lot, especially every summer when they have park jams in NYC (the Bronx, specifically). He was on an episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters” a few years ago, where he was looking for a new place to buy in Washington, DC which was pretty expensive. Being a Hip-Hop deejay myself, Biz is someone that my peers look up to just because of his knowledge of records but also as someone that was able to keep his career going after the records stopped moving.

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