The 25 Best Long Island Rap Albums

8. Biz Markie, Goin' Off (1988)

Label: Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros. Records

Back in 86 Biz Markie had to go to Queens to get on in the record industry but, as acknowledged on “Make The Music With Your Mouth, Biz,” Long Island is where he honed his craft as a beatboxer and MC. “Now it's time to put Long Island on the map,” the Brentwood, L.I. product pledged on “Biz Dance, Pt. 1,” and on his album Goin’ Off he did just that, dropping classic after classic like “Pickin’ Boogers,” “Nobody Beats the Biz” and “Vapors," bringing fellow Strong Islander TJ Swann—the original hip-hop hookmeister—along for the ride. Though he never released a truly worthy follow-up to his seminal debut (89's The Biz Never Sleeps came closest) he's remained one of hip-hop's staple fixtures ever since.

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