DJ Cool V Says He & Biz Markie Never Made Money From ‘Just A Friend’

DJ Cool V, Biz Markie’s DJ, says they never made any money from “Just a Friend.”

The single was the late rapper’s biggest hit song.

“I got [Biz] in the booth and he was singing, and even though it might not be perfectly correct to anybody else, the feeling of it was good,” he told HHDX. 

“He had his fist balled up and he was really trying. He was really, really crooning and I said, ‘That’s it.’ And he had one take. Then he had another take that was not as good as the first one. Right?”


He says people were surprised at the direction of the record — but it surprised everybody.

“The sweetness comes in that we were able to perform it for almost 31 years. And now comes the other side of it — we never made money off the record. I still haven’t got paid for that record…We made the money off the shows and we had a great performing career,” he continued.

“But now it gets back to the bittersweet because every time I hear it, it’s going to remind me of Biz, but it’s also going to remind me of how I can’t make more money off of it. Everybody’s feeding their family off our work and we’ve never made money off that record.”

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