The 50 Best Storytelling Rap Songs

38. Biz Markie "Just A Friend" (1989)

Album: The Biz Never Sleeps
Producer: Biz Markie
Label: Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros.

Cold Chillin' affiliate Biz Markie's second album, 1989's The Biz Never Sleeps contained his biggest hit "Just a Friend," which tells an all-too-familiar story: Biz meets a girl at a show and invites her backstage to chill afterward, where his question about whether she has a boyfriend or not is answered rather obliquely, with her explaining that she has a "friend." Biz and the girl get closer, but the ever-present friend remains an obstacle to his happiness. The whole thing would be a real downer if Biz weren't so damned funny.

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