Just a Friend
|"Just a Friend"|
|Single by Biz Markie|
|from the album The Biz Never Sleeps|
|Released||September 21, 1989|
|Genre||Golden age hip hop, comedy hip hop, pop rap|
|Biz Markie singles chronology|
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"Just a Friend" is a song written, produced and performed by American hip hop artist 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 #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990.
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 (and his failure to have another charting Hot 100 song), 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. Karma, a staff record producer for Cold Chillin' Records, told Vibe magazine in 2005 that he produced the single, but never received credit.
The music video, directed by Lionel C. Martin, chronicles the rapper/singer's woman problems. 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". It also includes a 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.
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||66|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||9|
|U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks (Billboard)||37|
|U.S. Hot Rap Singles (Billboard)||5|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||94|
In popular culture
- Appears in the television show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, in the 2nd season episode entitled, "Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare". 
- Appears as one of the featured music videos in the television show Beavis and Butt-Head, in the 2nd season episode entitled, "Home Improvement".
- "Amazon.com: Biz Markie: Just a Friend [Vinyl]: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
- "Just a Friend – Biz Markie | Listen, Appearances, Song Review | AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
- "Biz Markie – Just A Friend (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
- "RIAA – Gold & Platinum Searchable Database – March 24, 2015". RIAA. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
- "Biz Markie | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
- Kondo, Toshitaka (May 2005). "Karma". Vibe. p. 56.
- Canadian dance peak
- Pedro. "Longbored Surfer – 2000". LongboredSurfer.com. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
- "IMDb - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia". IMDb.com. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- "IMDb - Beavis and Butt-Head". IMDb.com. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- "Just a Friend" at AllMusic
- "Just a Friend" at Discogs (list of releases)
- on YouTube
- Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics