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

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