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

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