A somewhat nostalgic look at rediscovered classics. The only rule is that each recording be at least ten years old. This is our comfort music. Brought to you by Pel, raven + crow studio, and friends.
Biz Markie
“Just a Friend”
The Biz Never Sleeps
Cold Chillin'

“This has got to be a joke!” is what I thought when I first heard Biz Markie’s lisped awkward rhymes and the off-key wailing of the chorus on KIIS FM’s top 8 at 8 countdown.

While completely butchering Freddie Scott’s original “(You) Got What I Need,” the Biz managed to stuff the same melody into the brains of every kid in my junior high school. It wasn’t long until we were screaming the parody “Oh baby you! You got a disease! But you say it’s just a rash!” on the school bus rides.

Besides the catchy melody, the obvious literal lyrics were a huge convenience for someone like me who couldn’t be bothered with the task of deciphering lyrics.

And the video?  It couldn’t be any more literal.  Watching the Biz in his ridiculous Mozart wig slamming on the piano keys while making zero effort to hide his inability to play made me love this song even more.

Perfect example of song that is so bad, that it’s good.

Biz Markie - Just a friend

Guest Contributor: Jeong Joo is a high school chemistry teacher working in Seongnam, South Korea. He's been encouraging students to listen to anything other than Top 40 and K-pop since 1999.