Throw It Back: Biz Markie’s Classic Hit “Just a Friend”

“Oh baby you, got what I need… but you say he’s just a friend and you say he’s just a friend.”

We all know what time it is when someone sings the famous Biz Markie, “Just a Friend” chorus. On this legendary East coast rapper’s birthday, we’re going to take the day to remember this classic hit.

“Just a Friend” was sampled from the original Freddie Scott song, “You Got What I Need.” Biz took this 1968 soul jam and made gold out of it. It was written and produced by him, and released in September of 1989. A year later it went on to reach #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and in the same year it received a certified platinum award. In the song, Biz tells us the story about a girl he was talking to “from the U.S. nation.” After meeting this girl who he refers to as “blah-blah”, she tells him when he asks, that she doesn’t have a boyfriend. She just simply has a friend. Reluctantly, he continues to develop a relationship with her until he catches her on a surprise visit, making out with the infamous friend of hers. He leaves us with a very clear message and that is:

“Don’t ever talk to a girl who says she just has a friend.”


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