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

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