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

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