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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

    Awesome '80s

    Awesome '80s
    1 song

    Hot Summer Hits

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

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