Hip-hop is about to get its moment on Long Island. Saturday night, a new tradition starts as the Live Nation Long Island Hall of Fame kicks off its inaugural induction ceremony with the Hip-Hop Legends of the Fall show at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury featuring Doug E. Fresh, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick and Biz Markie.
The rappers will receive plaques for their career accomplishments, say a few words and then perform. Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee will serve as the emcee with DJ Bileal spinning.
"I'm glad they are recognizing all our hard work," says Markie, 50, a native of Patchogue. "I feel honored that they picked me."
Known for being the clown prince of hip-hop, Markie came up the ranks playing house parties around Long Island and competing in rap battles at the Brentwood Recreation Center.
"We used to go head-to-head with groups like Unlimited Power and South Shore Express," Markie says. "It was all in good fun."
Many know Markie for his hit single, "Just a Friend," which cracked the Billboard top 10 in 1989.
"When I first did the song, people said it wasn't going to be a hit," Markie says. "But I knew if I mixed the drums from Lee Dorsey's 'Get Out of My Life, Woman' with Freddie Scott's 'You Got What I Need,' I'd go platinum."
As for his fellow inductees, Markie has a relationship with each of them.
He first met Big Daddy Kane in Brooklyn, where they battled. "Kane helped me with some of my songs and I helped him with some of his songs," Markie says. "He will always be my brother for life."
Rakim, who grew up in Wyandanch, would rap as a team with Markie at L.I. house parties. "I was the funny rapper and he was the serious rhyme guy," Markie says. "He's always been ahead of his time."
Doug E. Fresh and Markie share the bond of beatboxing. "Doug was the first beatbox and I was the second," Markie says. "I learned a lot from him."
Slick Rick and Markie hung out together in the late '80s. Although they are two very different characters, they connect.
"Rick is a mysterious guy who has an incredibly futuristic creative mind," Markie says. "He's one of the best I've ever seen."
Today Markie has taken his skills to a children's TV show, Nick Jr.'s "Yo Gabba Gabba!," which he tours with around the country. This summer, he also appeared in Syfy's "Sharknado 2: The Second One."
With family in Shoreham, Markie can't wait to return home for the show.
"I love Long Island -- it's my base," says Markie. "I always come and visit because I'll never forget where I came from."
HIP-HOP LEGENDS OF THE FALL -- Doug E. Fresh, Rakim, Biz Markie, Slick Rick and Big Daddy Kane
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
INFO Tickets $49.50-$84, 800-745-3000