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One Hit Wonders - BIZ MARKIE (1989)
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"Just a Friend" by Biz Markie - 


In 1989, Rap songs could still be goofy and fun, and some rappers who weren't so concerned about establishing street cred were happy to record self-deprecating songs with a wide appeal. On this track, Biz Markie raps about a girl who he meets at a show. When he asks her if she has a man, she says she doesn't, and that she only has a friend. He enters into a relationship with her, where it would become apparent to most people that her man is much more than a friend, but poor, hapless Biz doesn't figure this out until he surprises her one day and finds her kissing her "friend."
 
Biz Markie sings on this song - very poorly. About 10 years later, it became a trend for rappers to sing on their records, as Ja Rule and Nelly had hits where they were singing poorly, but without irony.
This is based on Freddie Scott's 1968 R&B song "(You) Got What I Need." On his next album, Markie did a similar interpretation of "Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan for the track "Alone Again." At the time, rappers could sample without consequence, as there was no legal precedent. This changed when O'Sullivan sued Biz Markie in 1991, resulting in a landmark decision that unauthorized samples were considered theft. Markie was forced to pull the album and re-issue it without "Alone Again." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
 
This song entered the Hot Digital Songs chart for the first time in 2009 thanks to its inclusion in a Heineken TV commercial, "Let a Stranger Drive You Home."

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=9731


Billboard Top 100 - 1990

01. Hold On » Wilson Phillips 
02. It Must Have Been Love » Roxette 
03. Nothing Compares 2 U » Sinead O'Connor 
04. Poison » Bell Biv Devoe 
05. Vogue » Madonna 
06. Vision Of Love » Mariah Carey 
07. Another Day In Paradise » Phil Collins 
08. Hold On » En Vogue 
09. Cradle Of Love » Billy Idol 
10. Blaze Of Glory » Jon Bon Jovi 
94. Just A Friend » Biz Markie
| Closed on 03/21/13 at 05:00PM
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12 Fans 
17%a. 10 (KICKIN IT)
17%b. 7-9 (COOL)
25%c. 5-6 (OH BABY, YOU were OK)
17%d. 1-4 (WHO? WHAT? HUH?!?)
25%e. THIS SONG WAS WHACKED!

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TOP COMMENT * * * * * * * * * * * *
#7 | 557 days ago

This song and Baby Got Back are neck and neck for my favorite rap/hip-hop song.

/Whitest Person in America
10 (KICKIN IT)  
  
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#1 | 560 days ago

LOL- this may have been one of his biggest hits but there were a few more that I can say only got NY air -time but his looks, weight and humor made him a semi- legend within the rap industry. 2 people came after him that were over-weight but had far more talent and rap skills that personified the term " Over weight lovers" - Heavy Dee and Biggie Smalls.


Good find Nick!
#2 | 560 days ago
Nick__ (+)

just goes to show that anyone can make it into the music business back then!   hahaha
5-6 (OH BABY, YOU were OK)  
#3 | 560 days ago

This song always reminds me of the state basketball tournament when we had a dude that looked just like Dennis Blunden from Head of the Class sleeping in our hotel bathtub when I was a sophomore in high school.
#4 | 559 days ago



"Dee & Dennis go on welfare" is the first thing I think of now. HA! The chain, rolled up pants, forties... just magnificent.
7-9 (COOL)  
#5 | 558 days ago

Fun song.
7-9 (COOL)  
#6 | 557 days ago

Still out their doing commercials that are just as annoying.
THIS SONG WAS WHACKED!  
#7 | 557 days ago

This song and Baby Got Back are neck and neck for my favorite rap/hip-hop song.

/Whitest Person in America
10 (KICKIN IT)  

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