Some time in either the late ’90s or early ’00s, I was at a De La Soul show in the Bay Area. To be honest, for whatever reason, the energy was kind of flagging throughout the whole thing (I had seen some great De La shows in the past, this just didn’t happen to be among the more stellar ones).
Biz had been one of the opening DJs and during the De La’s set, they brought him out and he sang the chorus to “Just a Friend.”
Brought the house down. It was the most energized the crowd had been the entire night. And the thing is – I don’t remotely consider Biz to be a one-hit wonder but it is frickin’ amazing how powerfully that song has remained in popular culture.
I’ve always been curious what Freddie Scott must have thought of that phenom.
(One more from the Diabolical).