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 and 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 (Single Top 100)[3] 70
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 4
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 3


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