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

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