“Just a Friend” by Biz Markie
“Just a Friend” from the album The Biz Never Sleeps, released in 1989
I thought “Just a Friend” was at least five years older than it is. I’m not sure how I feel about that. But I know how I feel about this song.
I love it.
Everyone does. We all love it for obvious reasons. It has a great beat, its chorus, sampled to perfection, is, in a nutshell, catchy AF, and Biz Markie has a stage presence that few can compete with. But there’s more. This is one of those songs that’s sad and happy. Though mankind hates to admit it, we love a good paradox. A sad song that sounds happy? What bigger paradox is there?
Anyway, rumor has it, every time you play “Just a Friend,” Biz Markie flies higher.