Biz Markie’s lyrics on ‘Just a Friend’, his critically-acclaimed platinum-selling lead single off his gold-selling album, ‘The Biz Never Sleeps’, is as valuable now as it was back in Hip Hop’s ‘Golden Era’. Released in 1989 via Cold Chillin’/Warner Bros. Records, ‘Just a Friend’ is a groupie love song gone wrong; and, if Sun Tzu had a book called ‘The Art of Love & Relationship’, ‘Just a Friend’ evergreen message would appear in chapter one.
‘Just a Friend‘ starts with Biz asking an interesting question that some adolescent boys and men can relate to: Have you ever met a girl that you tried to date, but a year to make love she wanted you to wait? We don’t know about y’all, but we have been in that situation before, with females that were juggling 2 or more men at the same time. But, our hearts wouldn’t have never been broken, if only we had listened to what Biz was trying to tell us.
Shortly after the question is asked, Biz tells us about blah-blah-blah, a woman he met while on tour at a concert. They ended up taking a photo together, and then they had a conversation. Biz is feeling her and she’s feeling him. Love is in the air, ‘ahem’, we meant to say lust. Biz asks, “Do ya have a man?”, and this is where things get interesting. Lying and deceiving blah-blah-blah answered, “No I don’t, I only have a friend.” A blatant RED FLAG! * Always remember what Biz said, “Don’t ever talk to a girl who says she just has a friend.”
Long story short, Biz believes everything blah-blah-blah is saying, so much that he stated, “Everything sounded so dandy and sweet, I had no idea I was in for a treat.” Biz got more familiar with blah-blah-blah, and started planning for their future. But when his tour was over, she went back to school. Biz called her every day to see how she was doing. Then one day, when he called, a guy picked up and hung up the phone. Biz called back and asked blah-blah-blah, “Yo, who was that?”, and she replied, “Oh, he’s just a friend.” But Biz wasn’t haven’t none of that. With his future in turmoil, he decided to pay blah-blah-blah a surprised visit. Later, he arrived at her dormitory, and he was shocked to see what he saw when he opened her door.
“Oh, snap! Guess what I saw? A fella tongue-kissin’ my girl in the mouth, I was so in shock my heart went down south. So please listen to the message that I say, don’t ever talk to a girl who says she just has a friend.” – Biz Markie
FUN FACT: Biz Markie is a freestyle rhymer and his fondness for goofy humor got him labeled ‘The Clown Prince of Hip Hop’.
Title: Biz Markie – ‘Biz’s Baddest Beats: The Best of Biz Markie’
Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Rap, East Coast Rap
Released: Aug 07, 1994
Label: ℗ 1994 Cold Chillin’ Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.(5.0 / 5)