Real Name: Marvin Young
D.O.B.: 10th May, 1967 South Wimbledon, London U.K.
Young was England but raised in Queens, New York. After graduating from Hunter College High School in New York City, he moved to the opposite coast to attend the University of Southern California. He graduated in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in economics, which he received before Stone Cold Rhymin' completed production.
Stone Cold Rhymin' was Young's début album which is regarded as a brilliant pop-rap album. It was originally released in 1989 on Delicious Vinyl and was later re-issued by Rhino Records. The third track, "Bust A Move", was Young MC's biggest hit and was the song he is mostly remembered for today. Even though his follow-up single "Principal's Office," did not become a huge hit, it was still nominated for Best Rap Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards. The album's hit singles were featured heavily on John Candy's Uncle Buck film.
In addition to producing the hit "Bust a Move," (bass-line provided by Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and lead vocals sung by Stevie Wonder's studio background vocalist Crystal Blake, not Diana Ross as many have speculated). Young MC was also an accomplished songwriter, having co-written the hits "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina" for Tone Loc. In 1990, he appeared in several Taco Bell and Pepsi commercials. Even though his follow-up to "Bust a Move," "Principal's Office," did not become a huge hit, it was still nominated for Best Rap Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards.
Brainstorm was Young's sophomore album released in 1991 for Capitol Records. After the huge success of his début album, Young MC signed a two album deal with Capitol Records. Many expected big things from this album, however the album was a huge flop, only getting as high as #66 on the Billboard 200 and #61 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts. The first single from the album, “That’s the Way Love Goes,” received some play on MTV, but very little radio airplay. The song failed to be a hit, and signalled that Young MC had drifted out of favour with the ever-changing music scene. Young MC would release one more album for Capitol Records before going independent.
What's the Flavour cemented Young MC as an official one hit wonder candidate, this did not stop the album drops. Return of the 1 Hit Wonder is the fourth album by rapper, Young MC. The album was released in 1997 for Overall Records and was Young MC's first release on an independent record label. While the album did not chart on any album charts, it did have two charting singles, "Madame Buttafly" and "On & Poppin'". The title refers to Young MC's only top 20 hit, "Bust A Move".
Ain't Goin' Out Like That is the fifth album by rapper, Young MC. The album was released in 200 for Young MC's own record label, Young Man Moving Records. This album marked Young MC's return to the album charts as the album made it to #85 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop album chart. The featured the hit single "Ain't Goin' Out Like That" and also featured a remix of his only top 10 hit "Bust A Move" 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".
Young MC was briefly featured on the 2002 VH1 program 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders. In 2002, he also appeared on the hip hop edition of The Weakest Link, of which he was the winner. He returned to the spotlight in 2006 by appearing on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club 3.
Young currently lives in Arizona and still does concerts. One of the most recent high profile concerts Young MC was a part of was WKTU New York's Beatstock in mid 2006. In 2007, Young MC completed his latest album entitled Adrenaline Flow. Songs from the album will be submitted to movies, TV shows, commercials, video games, and other alternative outlets for licensing. On January 5, 2008, Young made a quick appearance for a birthday celebration at Devil's Martini in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ. He performed two new songs, and finished with "Bust A Move."
- 1989 Stone Cold Rhymin' (Chart Position: #9) RIAA certification: Platinum
- 1991 Brainstorm (Chart Position: #66) RIAA certification: Gold
- 1993 What's the Flavor?
- 1997 Return of the 1 Hit Wonder
- 2000 Ain't Going Out Like That (Chart Position: #85)
- 2002 Engage the Enzyme
- 2007 Adrenaline Flow