Just a Friend

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"Just a Friend"
Single by Biz Markie
from the album The Biz Never Sleeps
Released September 21, 1989 (1989-09-21)
Format 7", cassette single, CD single
Recorded 1988
Genre Comedy hip hop, pop rap
Length 4:00
Label Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Biz Markie, Bert Berns (aka Bert Russell),
Producer(s) Biz Markie
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Biz Markie singles chronology
"The Vapors"
"Just a Friend"
"Spring Affair (Spring Again)"
Biz Markie's "Just A Friend" from The Biz Never Sleeps

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"Just a Friend" is a song by American rapper Biz Markie. It was released in September 1989 as the lead single from his album, The Biz Never Sleeps. It is Markie's most successful single, reaching the #9 position on the Billboard charts.

The song interpolates the 1968 song "You Got What I Need" recorded by Freddie Scott, whose basic chord and melody provided the base for the song's chorus and made it famous. Due to the widespread popularity of the song and its influence on Pop culture, Biz was classified by VH1 as a one-hit wonder, and "Just A Friend" was ranked 81st on VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders in 2000, and later as number 100 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop in 2008.[1] Karma, a staff record producer for Cold Chillin' Records, told Vibe magazine in 2005 that he produced the single, but never received credit.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Lionel C. Martin, chronicles the rapper/singer's woman problems.[3][4] At the climax of the video, Biz Markie's character stumbles upon a girl he was trying to date - not his girlfriend - kissing another man she had previously referred to as "just a friend".[5] It also includes a memorable scene of Biz Markie singing the chorus dressed as Mozart in 18th-century clothing with a powdered wig in a candlelit room while playing the piano. This scene was likely inspired by the video for the 1986 hit "Rock Me Amadeus" which was in turn inspired by the 1984 film Amadeus.


Charts (1989-90) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 66
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 9
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[7] 37
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles[7] 5


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