Goin' Off

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Goin' Off
Studio album by Biz Markie
Released March 1, 1988 (1988-03-01)
Recorded 1986–1988
Genre Golden age hip hop
Label Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros. Records
Producer Marley Marl
Biz Markie chronology
Goin' Off
The Biz Never Sleeps
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B)[2]
RapReviews (8/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Goin' Off is the debut studio album by American hip hop musician Biz Markie. The album was released by Cold Chillin' Records, and produced by Marley Marl. The album was praised for its wit and humor. Big Daddy Kane wrote the lyrics of the album's first five songs. The album also showcased Biz's talent as a human beatbox on the song "Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz", and his skill in the game of dozens on the track "Nobody Beats the Biz". One of his most widely known songs, "Vapors", was on the album.

Some reissues from 1995 onwards replace the Marley Marl remix of "Make the Music with Your Mouth" with the original 12" version, the album version of "Vapors" with the remix, and the original "This Is Something for the Radio" with the remix.

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.[5]

In 2006, the album was re-released by Traffic Entertainment Group with a bonus disc. It restores the original album versions of "Vapors" and "This Is Something for the Radio" as well as the Marley Marl remix of "Make the Music" that appeared on the original LP.

The album is broken down track-by-track by Biz Markie in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Pickin' Boogers" – 4:42
  2. "Albee Square Mall" – 4:43
  3. "Biz is Goin' Off" – 4:50
  4. "Return of the Biz Dance" – 3:59
  5. "Vapors" – 4:33
  6. "Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz" – 4:56
  7. "Biz Dance (Part One)" – 3:38
  8. "Nobody Beats the Biz" – 5:42
  9. "This Is Something for the Radio" – 5:14
  10. "Cool V's Tribute to Scratching" – 3:07


1. "Pickin' Boogers" contains samples from:

2. "Albee Square Mall" contains samples from:

3. "Biz is Goin' Off" contains samples from:

  • "One-Man Band" performed by Monk Higgins and The Specialites
  • "Double Barrel" performed by Dave Collins and Ansel

4. "Return of the Biz Dance" contains samples from:

5. "Vapors" contains samples from:

6. "Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz" contains samples from:

  • "Ike's Mood I" by Isaac Hayes
  • "Na Na Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam

7. "Biz Dance (Part One)" contains samples from:

8. "Nobody Beats the Biz" contains samples from:

9. "This is Something for the Radio" contains samples from:

10. "Cool V's Tribute to Scratching" contains samples from:

  • "Synthetic Substitution" performed by Melvin Bliss
  • "What's on Your Mind (Expression)" performed by Brass Construction
  • "Ike's Mood I/You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" performed by Isaac Hayes
  • "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" performed by Bob James
  • "Do What You Gotta Do" performed by Eddie Drennon & B.B.S. Unlimited
  • "Darling Dear" performed by the Jackson Five


Producer(s) Marley Marl
Executive Producer(s) Marley Marl
Lead vocals and rhyming Biz Markie
Additional and background vocals TJ Swan
Mixing Marley Marl
Engineering Marley Marl
Mastering Marley Marl
Photography George DuBose
Design George DuBose/small>


Title B-Side Release Date
"Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz"
"The Biz Dance"
"They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha-Haa"
"A One, Two"
"The Biz Dance [Dub Version]"
"Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz [Instrumental]"
"Nobody Beats the Biz" "A One, Two"
"Nobody Beats the Biz [Dub Version]"
"Pickin' Boogers" "A One, Two"
"Pickin' Boogers [Dub Version]
"Biz Is Goin' Off"
"The Do Do (Bonus Beats)"
"A One, Two"
"Biz Is Goin' Off [Dub Version]"
"This Is Something for the Radio" "This Is Something for the Radio [Dub Version]"
"This Is Something for the Radio [Dub-Acapella]"

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[7] 19
The Billboard 200[7] 90
Year Song Chart Peak position[8]
1987 "Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz" Top Black Singles 84
1988 "Vapors" Top Black Singles 80


  1. ^ Goin' Off at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau
  3. ^ RapReviews
  4. ^ Rolling Stone
  5. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source. New York (#100). January, 1998. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved November 24, 2007.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Coleman, Brian. Check The Technique: Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies. New York: Villard/Random House, 2007.
  7. ^ a b "Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Biz Markie - Albums". 
  8. ^ "Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Biz Markie - Singles".