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

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