Friend of Mine

Friend of Mine

The Notorious B.I.G.

Off Biggie’s classic 1994 debut Ready To Die

Biggie demonstrates why he is so often disrespectful towards women: he got his feelings hurt! Aww. After some bad experiences with women cheating on him, he vows to only use them for sex

The beat, produced by Easy Mo Bee, samples “Seventh Heaven” by Gwen Guthrie, “Spirit of the Boogie” by Kool & The Gang, “Vicious” by Black Mamba, and “The Jam” by Graham Central Station

Big used to be out on the avenue. He used to be standing out there with Lil’ Cease. And we could either find him on the avenue, or he was around the corner on his stoop. If he was in the neighborhood, he was in either of them two places. I remember hooking up this beat and [finding Big at] this fried chicken spot, which to my knowledge is still right there on Fulton between Washington and St. James. I rolled up in the car, I got the beat ready, I’m happy. I was like, “Yo Big.” He came over to the passenger window, I told him to get in, and was like, “Yo check this out, man.” He was like, “Yo, I’m lovin that, Mo.”
I think what was helpful was the hook that I had on there. That just told him what to talk about on the record. He ended up doing a relationship-type record, talking about a chick.
The thing about that record is [the hook I sampled]: “You’re no friend of mine/You know that ain’t right.” That’s Black Mambo. I might’ve been working with hard-ass Big, but I was gonna pull in a whole other crowd because of that Black Mambo. Black Mambo was from the Paradise Garage. DJ Larry Levan would throw that on—either mix it with beats, with other songs, or he would just throw it on a capella by itself in the club—and you would hear people stomping and going crazy. So I knew that anybody who heard that song was gonna think about the Paradise Garage—a disco, dance-music type of club from back in the day. So there are dance music elements attached to the song, but it fit.

 -Easy Mo Bee