Biz Markie is named spokesman for sugar-free Zevia soda after massive weight loss of 140 pounds facilitated in-part by a diet that included the drink. The legendary rapper figure’s lifestyle change follows a health scare after being diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes. Biz says that the soda allows him to “give up the big waist” without giving up the taste he seeks in a soft drink. Zevia – a soft drink sweetened with natural plant-based sweetener Stevia – is a pretty drastic change for the rapper who used to be the face of Sprite. Biz Markie made the announcement that he would be the face of the brand at the New York Stock Exchange.