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Bob James On Biz Markie & “Take Me To The Mardi Gras”

August 2, 2010

A quick warning: Don’t even bother going further unless you have a serious chunk of time to dedicate to viewing. This is going to take a while.

Bob James explains how his thoughts about sampling have changed over the years while offering insight into the making of “Take Me To The Mardi Gras” and refuting Biz Markie’s famous claim of owning a copy of the song that does not contain bells. James also discusses defective master tapes, transferring the original master recordings, and it’s impossible that Biz Markie could have a copy of the original master recordings.

On “Take Me To The Mardi Gras” without bells:

There was no reason in the world that we would have ever made a version of that song without the cowbell in it. We just wouldn’t have done that.

To Biz Markie:

Telling people that you got a hold of my multi-tracks. I don’t think so. Wanna meet face to face and really check it out?

[Thanks Hankyu!]

More after the break!

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Haroon August 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I just finished the first part. What I realized is that MAYBE Biz is talking about that version of Mardi Gras that’s on the Dusty Fingers collection that has no bells?


tryfe August 2, 2010 at 5:56 pm

bob is a genius. always was a fan.


dj izzy August 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I like how crate diggin is so serious biz and quest real collectors and bob James is dope. He’s hip hop and he doesn’t know it.


andre from baltimore August 3, 2010 at 2:11 am

my point exactly, same goes for Alan Hawkshaw.


Jayson Feller August 3, 2010 at 12:54 am

If Bob says Biz don’t got it, Biz don’t got it….it’s all something to (successfully) gain attention with……GREAT interview by the way!


silas aka simon August 3, 2010 at 3:17 am

maybe someone fools me


eboknows August 3, 2010 at 3:57 am

this interview was dope … dude asked some good questions … bob james is da shit


inedd August 3, 2010 at 9:24 am

anyone who knows biz knows that he is a known liar. biz said he produced every track that he did and not marley. among other lies


VERBZ August 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm

LLS settle down bro…this is an OLD debate, not even that serious…
I actually heard that this mardi gras version was on the tapan zee lable…??….
And anybody who knows about biz knows that he didnt write NONE of his rhymes, Kane did…and ANYBODY who knows biz knows hes not a “known liar” LMAO!!
Fact of the matter is when all the dusty finger and octopuss break joints started popping up ALOT of people were pissed and various well known, well respected record collectors names got thrown around as the culprit….biz being 1 of them…


darrell d August 8, 2010 at 4:06 am

biz is mos def a known liar.


Matt .E August 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm

epic…..this wasn’t a interview, it was a mini-documentary!


Digs. August 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm

What does the interviewer mean by putting mari gras in and different audio out? does he mean eq’ing the track or filtering or what?

and hahhaha love the last video where Bob james shows his mobster side.


2Gz August 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Biz is the king of the goose chase, lol. I remember about 20 years ago reading an interview he did in Spin or Rolling Stone. I got all amped because he was dropping names of all these supposedly “crazy” artists that I wasn’t up on…I couldn’t believe he was giving up actual names of joints. (This was before everybody listed their samples in the song credits and the Web was commonly accessible, btw). I ran downtown Philly the next morning with a list of every artist he dropped in that interview and bought a stack of the shittiest records I think I’ve ever dropped money on!


DUSTYFINGHA August 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm

LOL!! RIGHT! Its all a big goose chase to keep other diggers off your trail!! typical old school shit!! just like DJs would cover their lables so you couldnt jack what they were spinning!!
Just like diggers would HIDE RECORDS so other cats couldnt find them….or get to the record spots BEFORE other diggers and get 1st dibs…
oh it gets serious with diggers…
well it USED TO…LOL…


Haroon August 4, 2010 at 4:26 am

I was hoping the interviewer would plant the idea in his head to release some of his multitracks on a data DVD as wav files or something. Even MP3s. I don’t know what his current sales are like, but I think beat makers and music nerds would happily pay for such a thing.

Also, not that the Biz thing needs further debunking — but in 1974 the 12″ single was still one year away, and I would be surprised if there is even a 12″ single by any artist in CTI’s entire catalog, promotional or not.


Maggotbrain August 4, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Of course there were 12″ singles on CTI.
Check this out:


IV August 9, 2010 at 11:58 pm

I hope that Bob James never releases his multitracks on mp3.


DUSTYFINGHA August 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I hope NONE of bob james rare shit gets in the hands of the mp3 generation!! go dig that shit up yourself!!
learn to appreciate your craft….u got everything laid out for you as it is…go do some actual WORK!
DIG!! And stop looking for someone to do it for you!!
Find Your 0wn sounds!!
Find an artist nobody sampled yet!!
its gives the next digger inspiration believe it or not…
Thats how you contribute to the shit we do….thats called PERSERVATION…
This new generation is good for seeking out the blueprint and copying off it until overkill versus creating your own formula from the ground up and working it….
At least when we sampled back in the day we did the knowledge on the cats we were using…it connected you…
nowadays you get a file, no pics, nothing to actually ‘feel’ or touch….
no REAL work or appreciation, just a download…
thats depressing to me…

BTW I got that rare bob james easy bake oven 4 sale…holla…


steezolini August 10, 2010 at 5:26 am

perservation!?!…let’s conversate.
“speaking real words”


IV August 9, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Yo this interview is a gem. Thanks a lot for posting this Semantik.


realtalk 101 August 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Man, Biz is so full of shit sometimes.
He has a lot of exclusive shit no doubt.. but he uses that to add a few lies into the mix so people will believe it because he’s ”known” to have other stuff and it makes it look possible.. but straight up, Biz can eat a dick with those lies.

Bob James called him out and rightfully so because Biz’s lyin ass needs to be exposed. Yeah Biz is a legend and all that blah blah blah but it don’t give him the right to lie his ass off about shit he don’t own.


darrell d August 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm

legend or not,all of us have exclusive vinyl that no one else does. i’ll take the pepsi challange with anyone’s collection.


howyalikemenow August 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I hope Bob james never releases his multitracks to anyone. Some things are just better left unreleased because this “sample” generation takes things for granted too much anyway. Enjoy BJ’s music for what it is.. not for it’s sample potential.
Oh yeah and I agree with realtalk 101 : Biz Markie can eat a big fat dick with mustard sauce. Stop lyin’ about the mardi gras 12 inch without the bells ya fat washed up lazy eyed retarded bastard!!!!


Idem August 28, 2010 at 12:09 am

great that Bob James now knows about the history of Hip hop . really great interview . a learning experience for Bob also . love your music Bob . Hip hop turned me onto Bob James in the late 80′s when Run Dmc sampled him for Peter Piper . Bob james 1,2,3 & 4 . must haves .


making3 January 31, 2011 at 11:41 pm

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B-MAN January 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I have a copy WITHOUT the bells! Trust me!


TC the Great June 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Apparently there was a version without the cow bells made for tv performances.
Limited test pressings only.


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