Young MC

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Young MC
Young MC at the 1990 Grammys.jpg
Young MC at the 1990 Grammy Awards.
Background information
Birth nameMarvin Young
Also known asMr. M.C., The Young M.C. Man
Born (1967-05-10) May 10, 1967 (age 52)
South Wimbledon, London, England
Origin Queens, New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop, pop rap
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, actor
Years active1987–present
Labels Delicious Vinyl, Capitol, Overall, Young Man Moving
Associated acts Def Jef, Tone-Loc, M.C. Hammer, Euphoria, Flea

Marvin Young (born May 10, 1967), better known by his stage name Young M.C., is a British-born American singer, rapper and actor. He is best known for his 1989 hit "Bust a Move". His debut album Stone Cold Rhymin' found international acclaim; however, subsequent albums have not reached the same level of success. Young has also appeared in film in acting roles and cameo appearances and has appeared in several television programs.

Actor Person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio

An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής (hupokritḗs), literally "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs even when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art.

Bust a Move (song) Single by Young MC

"Bust a Move" is a song by British-American rapper Young MC. It won the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. It appeared on his album Stone Cold Rhymin' and was his biggest hit, reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the charts in Australia. The song stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 39 weeks and 20 weeks in the top 40 alone.

<i>Stone Cold Rhymin</i> 1989 studio album by Young MC

Stone Cold Rhymin is the debut album by rapper Young MC. It was released in 1989 on Delicious Vinyl and was later re-issued by Rhino Records. The album reached No. 9 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart. The third track, "Bust a Move", was Young MC's biggest hit and is his best-known song, reaching No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the charts in Australia. His follow-up single, "Principal's Office", reached No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also nominated for "Best Rap Video" at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards.


Life and career

Young was born in London, to Jamaican immigrants. He left England at the age of three and moved to Queens, New York, when he was eight years old. Young attended Hunter College High School in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He went on to earn a degree in economics from the University of Southern California (USC). [1] At USC he met Michael Ross and Matt Dike from the record company Delicious Vinyl. [1] Young rapped over the phone for Ross and Dike, who ended up delivering a record contract to his USC dorm room. In 1989, Young collaborated with Tone Lōc on the songs "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina". [1] Young gained fame with the release of his single "Bust a Move", which reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance. The single helped Young's debut album, Stone Cold Rhymin' , to reach No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and attain platinum status in the US. The follow-up single, "Principal's Office", was nominated for Best Rap Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards.

Jamaica Country in the Caribbean

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. Spanning 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area, it is the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles and the Caribbean. Jamaica lies about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119 mi) west of Hispaniola ; the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands lies some 215 kilometres (134 mi) to the north-west.

Hunter College High School

Hunter College High School is a secondary school located in the Carnegie Hill neighborhood on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It is administered by Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Hunter is publicly funded, and there is no tuition fee. Enrollment is approximately 1200 students. According to the school, "students accepted to Hunter represent the top one-quarter of 1% of students in New York City, based on test scores."

University of Southern California Private research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

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Following Young's success, he left Delicious Vinyl, citing restrictions on his work and unwanted changes to his album. The label sued him for breach of contract and the two parties eventually settled out of court. [1] Young signed with Capitol Records and released his second album, Brainstorm , in 1991. It reached No. 66 on the Billboard 200. Despite the absence of any strong single, the album achieved gold status in the US. [2] However his third album, What's the Flavor? , released in 1993, was a commercial failure, with both the album and its singles failing to chart. It was his second and final album on Capitol Records. In 1997 Young released his fourth album, Return of the 1 Hit Wonder , on the independent label Overall Records. The album produced two singles, "Madame Buttafly" and "On & Poppin" which charted at No. 25 and No. 23 respectively on the Hot Rap Songs chart. [3]

Capitol Records American record label

Capitol Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group through its Capitol Music Group imprint. It was founded as the first West Coast-based record label "of note" in the United States in 1942 by Johnny Mercer, Buddy DeSylva, and Glenn E. Wallichs. Capitol was acquired by British music conglomerate EMI as its North American subsidiary in 1955. EMI was acquired by Universal Music Group in 2012 and was merged with the company a year later, making Capitol and the Capitol Music Group both a part of UMG. The label's circular headquarter building in Hollywood is a recognized landmark of California.

<i>Brainstorm</i> (album) 1991 studio album by Young MC

Brainstorm is the second album by rapper, Young MC. The album was released in 1991 for Capitol Records. After the huge success of his debut album, Stone Cold Rhymin', Young MC signed a two-album deal with Capitol Records. Brainstorm did not perform as well as his previous album, only reaching No. 66 on the Billboard 200 and No. 61 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts. Though the album failed to make an impact on the charts, it nevertheless was certified gold by the RIAA on October 9, 1991 for sales of over 500,000 copies.

In 2000, Young released his fifth album, Ain't Goin' Out Like That , on his own record label Young Man Moving Records. The album was Young's first to chart since Brainstorm, peaking at No. 85 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. [4]

<i>Aint Goin Out Like That</i> 2000 studio album by Young MC

Ain't Goin' Out Like That is the fifth album by rapper, Young MC. The album was released in 2000 for Young MC's own record label, Young Man Moving Records. This album marked Young MC's return to the charts with the album reaching No. 85 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It featured the single "Ain't Goin' Out Like That" and also featured a remix of his only top 10 hit "Bust A Move".

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is a chart published by Billboard magazine that ranks R&B and hip hop albums based on sales in the United States and is compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The name of the chart was changed from Top R&B Albums in 1999. The chart debuted in the magazine as Hot R&B LPs in 1965, and were also called Top Black Albums; from 1969-1978 they were identified as Soul charts. The US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tracks the albums of quiet storm, urban contemporary, soul music, R&B, new jack swing, hip hop, and sometimes house music artists.

In 2001, Young contributed a song "Deck the Halls" he co-wrote with Kevin Irving to Disney's TV movie 'Twas the Night. In 2002, he released his sixth album, Engage the Enzyme . Also in 2002, Young appeared as a contestant on Weakest Link – Rap Stars Edition. He was joined by Run of Run-D.M.C., DJ Quik, Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, B-Real of Cypress Hill, Xzibit, and Nate Dogg. Young went on to win the celebrity contest, outlasting Xzibit in the finals. All of the proceeds from his winning performance were donated to the Humane Society.

<i>Engage the Enzyme</i> 2002 studio album by Young MC

Engage the Enzyme is the sixth album by rapper, Young MC. The album was released in 2002 for Stimulus Records. The album did not make it to the album charts; however it did feature the hit single "Heatseeker."

DJ Quik American rapper

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Jermaine Dupri American record producer, rapper, record executive and DJ from Georgia

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In December 2004 Young traveled to Vancouver to commence shooting for the film The Zero Sum. As an actor Young played Mr. Henderson, a publishing company executive. Film director Raphael Assaf and screenwriter Armen Evrensel asked Young to help create the film, for which he is a co-executive producer. Young also teamed up with Baltimore rapper KNOXX to create "Brotherly Love", the film's theme song.

In September 2005, Young was cast in the VH1 reality show Celebrity Fit Club 3. Joining Young was Kelly Le Brock, Bruce Vilanch, Tempestt Bledsoe, Countess Vaughn, Chastity Bono, Jeff Conaway, Gunnar Nelson, and Rapper Bizarre of D12. Young won the competition, losing more weight than anybody else.

VH1 American cable television network

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Bruce Vilanch American comedy writer, head writer for the Oscars

Bruce Gerald Vilanch is an American comedy writer, songwriter and actor. He is a six-time Emmy Award-winner. Vilanch is best known to the public for his four-year stint on Hollywood Squares, as a celebrity participant; behind the scenes he was head writer for the show. In 2000, he performed off-Broadway in his self-penned one-man show, Bruce Vilanch: Almost Famous.

Tempestt Bledsoe is an American actress. She is best known for her childhood role as Vanessa Huxtable, the fourth child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–92). In December 2010, it was announced that Bledsoe would be the host of Clean House on the Style Network, replacing long-time host Niecy Nash. From September 2012 to February 2013, she was one of the stars of the NBC TV sitcom Guys with Kids, portraying Marny.

Young also made an appearance in a special episode of The Best Damn Sports Show Period which featured "The Top 50 Sports Moments of the 80's". Young crafted lyrics and performed a sports-themed rap song alongside KRS-One and Kool Moe Dee.

After 20 years of living in Los Angeles, Young relocated to Scottsdale, AZ in 2006. He spent 2007 creating his seventh album, Adrenaline Flow, which was released in 2008. Immediately following Adrenaline Flow, Young released an online-only album, B-Sides, Demos and Remixes, compiled from unreleased, remixed and re-recorded tracks.

In 2009, Young released his eighth album, Relentless. Later that year, Young also landed a cameo role in the Jason Reitman film Up in the Air starring George Clooney. Young played himself, performing at a software convention which was crashed by Clooney’s character and those of his two female co-stars, Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga.



YearAlbumChart positions [4]
US US Hip-Hop
1989 Stone Cold Rhymin' 98
1991 Brainstorm 6661
1993 What's the Flavor?
1997 Return of the 1 Hit Wonder
2000 Ain't Goin' Out Like That 85
2002 Engage the Enzyme
2007Adrenaline Flow
"—" denotes an album that did not chart


YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
US Rap
US Dance
1988"I Let 'Em Know"Stone Cold Rhymin'
"Know How"95
1989"Bust a Move"725125145073
"Principal's Office"339475054354
1990"I Come Off"7536431978
"Pick Up The Pace (1990)"38
"Louie Louie" Coupe de Ville OST
1991"That's The Way Love Goes"542365Brainstorm
"Keep It In Your Pants"18
1992"Baby I Want It"
(Euphoria featuring Young MC)
7 Total Euphoria
1993"What's The Flavor?"What's The Flavor?
1996"Get Your Boogie On" / "Rollin'"single only
1997"Madame Buttafly"25Return Of The 1 Hit Wonder
"On & Poppin'"23
2000"Ain't Goin' Out Like That"Ain't Goin' Out Like That
2002"Heatseeker"Engage The Enzyme
2003"Stress Test"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released

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