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Young MC

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

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