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Young MC

Rapper Marvin Young grew up middle-class and earned a degree in economics from USC, where he met Michael Ross and Matt Dike, co-founders of the fledgling Delicious Vinyl rap label. He made his debut as Young MC on the single "I Let 'Em Know." In 1989, Young collaborated with Tone-Loc on "Wild Thing," the first Top Ten pop hit for a black rapper, and the follow-up smash "Funky Cold Medina." Young stepped out on his own later in the year with the Top Ten smash "Bust a Move," a good-natured examination of romantic successes and failures spiced by his sense of humor and quick-tongued rapping. The song won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance, and its strong pop appeal helped the attendant album, Stone Cold Rhymin', go platinum. The follow-up, "Principal's Office," was a humorous, everyday high-school tale resembling a Chuck Berry plot, and also climbed into the Top 40. Following Young's success, he split acrimoniously from Delicious Vinyl, citing restrictions on his work and unwanted tinkering with his album; the label sued him for breach of contract and eventually settled out of court. Young signed with Capitol and released Brainstorm in 1991, expanding into message tracks promoting personal responsibility. The album didn't fare as well, and by 1993, audience tastes had shifted toward harder-edged hip-hop, rendering What's the Flavor? a flop. In late 2000, he returned with Ain't Going Out Like That on the indie label Young Man Moving. It didn't make much of an impression in the rap world, but Young continued to release independent albums, including Engage the Enzyme (2002), Adrenaline Flow (2007), and Relentless (2009), throughout the decade. In 2009, he made an appearance in the Oscar-nominated film Up in the Air. ~ Steve Huey
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Stations Featuring
Young MC

    1-Hit Wonders

    1-Hit Wonders
    1 song

    '80s Hip-Hop

    '80s Hip-Hop
    2 songs

    '80s Urban Music

    '80s Urban Music
    2 songs

    Awesome '80s

    Awesome '80s
    1 song

    Hot Summer Hits

    1 song

    Shuffle Hits

    1 song

Albums by
Young MC

Top Songs by
Young MC

  1.   Song
  2.   Bust a Move
  3.   Principal's Office
  4.   Know How
  5.   Pick Up the Pace
  6.   I Come Off
  7.   Rollin'
  8.   Pick up the Pace (1990)
  9.   Fastest Rhyme
  10.   Got More Rhymes
  11.   Roll With the Punches
  12.   I Let 'Em Know
  13.   Get Your Boogie On
  14.   All That And A Bag Of Chips
  15.   Fuel To My Fire
  16.   Latinita Caliente
  17.   Brotherly Love
  18.   Do What You Do
  19.   Nocturnal
  20.   The Chase Is On
  21.   Bring It
  22.   I Come Off / Bust a Move
  23.   Know How Theme
  24.   That's the Way Love Goes (Free For All Dub)
  25.   One Time for Your Mind by Wil Wheaton
  26.   Babe
  27.   Unsigned Diva
  28.   Flows
  29.   Stress Test
  30.   Feel the Love
  31.   Heatseeker
  32.   In Case
  33.   Stone Cold Buggin'
  34.   Ain't Goin' out Like That
  35.   What It Look Like
  36.   Just Say No
  37.   My Name Is Young
  38.   Non Stop
  39.   Freakie
  40.   On & Poppin'
  41.   After Dark
  42.   The Heart Will Know
  43.   Oh!
  44.   Adrenaline Flow
  45.   Hot One
  46.   Don't Get It Twisted
  47.   All On The Line
  48.   Ain't No Way in the World
  49.   Crucial
  50.   Easier
  51.   Dreamer
  52.   Way of the World
  53.   Slowest Rhyme
  54.   Bring It Home
  55.   Hit 'em Hard
  56.   Used To Be
  57.   Intro
  58.   Without Doubt
  59.   Lingerie
  60.   That's Right

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