Just a Friend 2002

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"Just a Friend 2002"
Single by Mario
from the album Mario
Released May 21, 2002 (2002-05-21)
Format CD single
DVD single
Digital download
Recorded 2001
Genre R&B, teen pop
Length 3:34
Label J Records
Writer(s) Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell, Harold Lilly, John Smith & Biz Markie
Producer(s) Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell
Mario singles chronology
- "Just a Friend 2002"
"Braid My Hair"

"Just a Friend 2002" is a R&B single by Mario. It is the first single from his first studio album Mario which was a cover of Biz Markie's hit, "Just a Friend". The single was released in May 2002. The single was produced by Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell and written by Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell, Harold Lilly, John Smith & Biz Markie. It outperformed the original single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #4.

Song information[edit]

The song interpolates Biz Markie's "Just A Friend", although the stories in the two songs are different. Whereas in Markie's version, the song is about a cheating girlfriend, Mario's version is rather about unrequited love. Usher was given the song and it was to be on his unreleased album All About U but when the album was shelved he passed on the song and it was given to Mario.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Diane Martel, which was shot on location in Mario’s hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.[1] The video has Mario seeing this girl while with his friends and wants to know her. While following her down the street, they lead to a movie theatre where she is found and Mario excites her with dance. Biz Markie can be seen in parts of the theatre and heard in the beginning of the video.[2] Cassie is also featured briefly in this video.

Track listing[edit]

Just a Friend 2002[edit]

  1. "Just a Friend 2002" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Just a Friend 2002" (Old School Mix, feat. Biz Markie) (Official Remix)
  3. "Just a Friend 2002" (New School Mix, feat. Shells)

"Just a Friend" / "Braid My Hair" DVD single[edit]

  1. "Just a Friend"
  2. "Braid My Hair"


  1. "Just a Friend"
  2. "Braid My Hair"
  3. The Making of "Braid My Hair"


Chart (2002) Peak
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[3] 70
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 15
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 18
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 3


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