The rapper Biz Markie used many elements of this song on his 1989 hit "Just A Friend
," where he changed:Oh, baby, you, you got what I need
You got everything I need
toOh, baby, you, you got what I need
But you say he's just a friend
This comic interpretation changed the meaning of the song completely, but incorporated the piano line and vocal melody. It was one of the first cases of a hit rap song thoroughly pillaging a relatively obscure R&B number from decades earlier. Biz Markie didn't clear the rights, and three years later became a test case for plagiarism in songs
when Gilbert O'Sullivan sued him for transforming "Alone Again (Naturally)
" into a rap song called "Alone Again." Presumably, Markie reached an agreement with Gamble and Huff (writers of "(You) Got What I Need"), but they are not credited as composers of the track.