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

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