Music Video of the Day: Just A Friend by Biz Markie (1989, directed by Lionel C. Martin)

Just A Friend is a song anda video that, for years, has inspired people to ask, “Is Biz Markie okay?  Why is dressed up like Mozart?”

The song’s piano medley, as well as the phrasing of “You got what I need,” is lifted from Freddie’s Scott’s (You) Got What I Need.  Biz Markie tells the story of meeting a girl at a show, being told that the man in her life is “just a friend,” and then later discovering her kissing that same friend.  It’s a universal tale that everyone can relate to.  However, what most people remember about this song isn’t the story of a bad relationship but instead the sound of Biz Markie’s increasingly crazed cry of, “Oh Baby — You!  You got what I need!  But you say he’s just a friend!”

And, of course, Biz Markie wearing a powdered wig.

With the help of this popular music video, Just A Friend proved to be Biz Markie’s biggest hit to date, reaching #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990.

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