Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Biz Markie - Just A Friend (with video intro script & rap lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases a video of & lyrics for Biz Markie's hit pop rap "Just A Friend". A transcription of the beginning scene in this song's official video is also including in this post. In addition, this post includes an explanation of some of the African American slang used in this rap, as well as some biographical information about Biz Markie.

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"Marcel Theo Hall (born April 8, 1964)[1] better known by his stage name, Biz Markie, is an American rapper, beatboxer, DJ, comedian, singer, reality television personality, and commercial spokesperson. He is best known for his single "Just a Friend", an American Top 10 hit in 1989. In 2008, "Just a Friend" made #100 on VH1's list of the 100 greatest hip hop songs of all time."


Biz Markie - Just A Friend (Official Video)

RhinoEntertainment,Uploaded on Aug 3, 2010

Watch the official video for Biz Markie's "Just A Friend", his most successful Pop single, reaching the #9 position on the Billboard charts. The song inserts the 1968 hit "You Got What I Need" by Freddie Scott. Biz Markie is on tour with the Yo Gabba Gabba live show

A group of Black young men are seated on a park bench telling “your mama” jokes. (This is a friendly exchange and not a real rippin [insult] contest).

Biz Markie –“Yo, your moms is so poor that she went to McDonalds and put a shake on layaway.”


2nd man- “Well, your mother is so old that she knew Central Park when it was a plant.”


3rd man – Your mom’s hair so nappy that she needs to take pain killers to comb it.”


Two attractive young womens strut toward the park bench.

One of the men says: “Oh, yo, yo. Look at that, man.” The men make other admiring comments about the women who stop at the park bench. One of the comments is “Ooh, You got what I need”.

The women leave, and one of the men says “Oh, it’s all of that baby? More comments are made, but Biz Markie says “Yo, yo, forget about them girls. A couple of the men say “Why? What’s up?

Biz Markie says, “I got a little story to tell you”
And then begins his rap.


Have you ever met a girl that you tried to date

But a year to make love she wanted you to wait

Let me tell ya a story of my situation

I was talkin' to this girl from the U.S. nation

The way that I met her was on tour at a concert

She had long hair and a short miniskirt

I just got onstage drippin', pourin' with sweat

I was walkin' through the crowd and guess who I met

I whispered in her ear, "Come to the picture booth

So I can ask you some questions to see if you are a hundred proof"

I asked her her name, she said blah-blah-blah

She had 9/10 pants and a very big bra

I took a couple of flicks and she was enthused

I said, "How do you like the show?"

She said, "I was very amused"

I started throwin' bass, she started throwin' back mid-range

But when I sprung the question, she acted kind of strange

Then when I asked, "Do ya have a man," she tried to pretend

She said, "No I don't, I only have a friend"

Come on, I'm not even goin' for it

This is what I'm goin' sing

You, you got what I need but you say he's just a friend
And you say he's just a friend, oh baby
You, you got what I need but you say he's just a friend
But you say he's just a friend, oh baby
You, you got what I need but you say he's just a friend
But you say he's just a friend

So I took blah-blah's word for it at this time

I thought just havin' a friend couldn't be no crime

'Cause I have friends and that's a fact

Like Agnes, Agatha, Germaine, and Jacq

Forget about that, let's go into the story

About a girl named blah-blah-blah that adored me

So we started talkin', getttin' familiar

Spendin' a lot of time so we can build up

A relationship or some understanding

How it's gonna be in the future we was plannin'

Everything sounded so dandy and sweet

I had no idea I was in for a treat

After this was established, everything was cool

The tour was over and she went back to school

I called every day to see how she was doin'

Everytime that I called her it seemed somethin' was brewin'

I called her and a guy picked up, and then I called again

I said, "Yo, who was that?" "Oh, he's just a friend"

Don't gimme that, don't ever gimme that

Jus' bust this
You, you got what I need but you say he's just a friend
And you say he's just a friend, oh baby
You, you got what I need but you say he's just a friend
But you say he's just a friend, oh baby
You, you got what I need but you say he's just a friend
But you say he's just a friend

So I came to her college on a surprise visit

To see my girl that was so exquisite

It was a school day, I knew she was there

The first semester of the school year

I went to a gate to ask where was her dorm

This guy made me fill out a visitor's form

He told me where it was and I as on my way

To see my baby doll, I was happy to say

I arrrived in front of the dormitory

Yo, could you tell me where is door three?

They showed me where it was for the moment

I didn't know I was in for such an event

So I came to her room and opened the 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

Just A Friend lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., CAK MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC
[Note: I corrected three very minor typos in this transcription: the word "correct", the word "guess", and the word "understanding".)

"[ask you some questions] "to see if you are a hundred proof"=
to see if you're for real

"I asked her her name, she said blah-blah-blah"= "Blah-blah-blah" is a substitute for the girl's name which Biz Markie isn't sharing.

"She had 9/10 pants" = She wore pants that were a size 9/10.

"I took a couple of flicks" = I took a couple of pictures (with a camera).

"I started throwin' bass, she started throwin' back mid-range" = Biz Markie and the girl started singing together.

"it seemed somethin' was brewin' = "it seemed like something was going on in the background".

"Yo, who was that?" = "Yo" here [as well as in the introductory video scene] means "Hey".

Jus' bust this = [in the context of this rap], means "let's continue with this rap".

"Oh, snap!" = in Standard American English, this is the equivalent of "Oh shucks!", but the word "snap" substitutes for another word that means "crap" (manure).
Additions & corrections to these slang explanations and are welcome.

This rap is about a guy "being played" by a girl. "Being played" means "to be taken advantaged of". In this context, a girl only pretending to be seriously interested in a man and acting as though she is only seeing him, but actually cheating on him with another man.

But notice how CLEAN this rap is compared to the type of Hip-Hip records that are promoted nowadays.

Yes, one of the Your mama rips in the beginning of the video talked bad about nappy hair, but there wasn't anything vulgar about those rips. And the closest that that rap got to anything sexual was "tongue kissing". Also check out the fact that the girl who was playin Biz Markie was in college, and not baby's mama.

Times change, and not always for the best.

Thanks to Biz Markie for composing and performing this song. Thanks also to transcriber of the song lyrics, and the uploader of this featured video.

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