Just a Friend 2002

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"Just a Friend 2002"
Single by Mario
from the album Mario
Released February 21, 2002 (2002-02-21)
Format CD single
DVD single
Digital download
Recorded 2001
Genre R&B, hip hop soul, teen pop
Length 3:34
Label J Records
Songwriter(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"
"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 loose cover of Biz Markie's hit, "Just a Friend". Mario's version is quite different, as the story is changed from a man who discovers his girlfriend has been cheating on him, to a story about unrequited love. The single was released in February 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 Markie's 1989 version on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #4, while Markie's peaked at #9. It was covered by Kidz Bop Kids from their album, Kidz Bop 3.


The song's chorus 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. The song also contains an instrumental sample from Run–D.M.C.'s "Sucker M.C.'s." Usher was given the song and it was to be on his unreleased album All About U but when the album was shelved so 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 theater where she is found and Mario excites her with dance. Biz Markie can be seen in parts of the theater 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
Brazil (ABPD)[3] 80
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 70
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 4
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 3
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 34


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