Young MC at the 1990 Grammy Awards.
|Birth name||Marvin Young|
|Also known as||Mr. M.C., The Young M.C. Man|
|Born||May 10, 1967|
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|
|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.
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" 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.
Stone Cold Rhymin is the debut album by rapper Young MC. It was originally 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 most well 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 it was also nominated for 'Best Rap Video' at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards.
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).At USC he met Michael Ross and Matt Dike from the record company Delicious Vinyl. 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". 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.
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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.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. 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.
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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.In 2002, he released his sixth album, Engage the Enzyme .
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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, 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.
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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.
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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.
|1989||Stone Cold Rhymin'||9||8|
|1993||What's the Flavor?||—||—|
|1997||Return of the 1 Hit Wonder||—||—|
|2000||Ain't Goin' Out Like That||—||85|
|2002||Engage the Enzyme||—||—|
|"—" denotes an album that did not chart|
| US || US Rap || US Dance || AUS || NZ ||NED|| BEL|
| UK |
|1988||"I Let 'Em Know"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Stone Cold Rhymin'|
|1989||"Bust a Move"||7||2||5||1||25||14||50||73|
|1990||"I Come Off"||75||—||36||43||19||—||—||78|
|"Pick Up The Pace (1990)"||—||—||—||—||38||—||—||—|
|"Louie Louie"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Coupe de Ville OST|
|1991||"That's The Way Love Goes"||54||—||—||—||23||—||—||65||Brainstorm|
|"Keep It In Your Pants"||—||—||—||—||18||—||—||—|
|1992||"Baby I Want It"|
(Euphoria featuring Young MC)
|1993||"What's The Flavor?"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||What's The Flavor?|
|1996||"Get Your Boogie On" / "Rollin'"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||single only|
|1997||"Madame Buttafly"||—||25||—||—||—||—||—||—||Return 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|
|"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released|
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