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I Need a Haircut
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Studio album by Biz Markie

Released

August 27, 1991

Recorded

May 1990 - May 1991

Studio

BMV Studios
(Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Genre

Golden age hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

Length

52:38

Label

Cold Chillin' Records / Warner Bros. Records

Producer

Biz Markie (also exec.), Cutmaster Cool V, Benny Medina (exec.), Tyrone Williams

Biz Markie chronology

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The Biz Never Sleeps (1989)

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All Samples Cleared! (1993)

I Need a Haircut is the third studio album by American rapper Biz Markie. It was released on August 27, 1991 through Cold Chillin' Records and Warner Bros. Records. Recording sessions took place at BMV Studios in Elizabeth, New Jersey, from May 1990 to May 1991. Production was entirely handled by Biz Markie himself with co-production from Cutmaster Cool V. It features guest appearances from Capital T, Diamond Shell, Felle Fel and Backspin.

The album gained infamy for its song "Alone Again", which resulted in a lawsuit from Gilbert O'Sullivan, whose song "Alone Again (Naturally)" was sampled without authorization. The court ruled that sampling without permission can qualify as copyright infringement. The judgment changed the hip hop music industry, as any future music sampling had to be pre-approved by the original copyright owners to avoid a lawsuit. Biz later poked fun at his misfortunes by titling his next album All Samples Cleared!.

The album was a minor success, making it to #113 on the Billboard 200 and #44 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. I Need a Haircut released the singles: "What Comes Around Goes Around", "T.S.R. (Toilet Stool Rap)" and "Busy Doing Nuthin'".


Track listing[]

All songs produced by Biz Markie and co-produced by Cool V.


No. Title Performer(s) Time
1. "To My Boys" Biz Markie 5:10
2. "Road Block" Biz Markie 3:56
3. "Let Go My Eggo" Biz Markie 3:54
4. "What Comes Around Goes Around" Biz Markie 4:05
5. "Romeo and Juliet" Biz Markie 3:42
6. "T.S.R. (Toilet Stool Rap)" Biz Markie 2:34
7. "Busy Doing Nuthin'" Biz Markie 3:53
8. "I Told You" Biz Markie 3:55
9. "Buck Wild" Biz Markie 4:31
10. "Kung Fu" Biz Markie 5:00
11. "Take It from the Top" Biz Markie, Capital T, Diamond Shell, Felle Fel, Backspin 6:44
12. "Alone Again" Biz Markie 2:51
13. "On and On" Biz Markie 5:14

Samples[]

To My Boys

  • "Do What You Gotta Do" by Eddie Drennon

Road Block

  • "Think (About It)" by Lyn Collins
  • "American Woman" by The Guess Who
  • "Listen and You'll See" by The Crusaders

Let Go My Eggo

  • "Louie" by Allen Toussaint
  • "L'eggo My Eggo" by Eggo

What Comes Around Goes Around

  • "A Feeling Is" by The Emotions

Romeo and Juliet

  • "Don't You Want to Stay" by Bill Withers

T.S.R. (Toilet Stool Rap)

  • "Sad Feeling" by Bobby Bland

I Told You

  • "Get Thy Bearings" by Donovan

Buck Wild

  • "Bouncy Lady" by Pleasure
  • "You Mother You" by James Brown

Kung Fu

  • "Sweet Soul Sister" by Quincy Jones

Take It From the Top

  • "Outside Love" by Brethren

Alone Again

  • "Impeach the President" by The Honey Drippers
  • "Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O' Sullivan

On and On

  • "Morning Sickness" by Larry Coryell