Music for the People (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch album)

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Music for the People
Studio album by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
Released July 23, 1991
Recorded 1990-1991
Genre Hip hop
Length 48:22
Label Interscope/Atlantic
Producer Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch chronology
Music for the People
(1991)
You Gotta Believe
(1992)

Music for the People is the debut album by American hip hop group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. The album was a success, reaching #1 on the Top Heatseekers Albums chart, and #21 on the Billboard 200, thanks to the hit single, "Good Vibrations". Alongside "Good Vibrations", the album spawned an additional top-ten single, "Wildside" (#10 on the Billboard Hot 100), as well as the minor hits, "Peace" and "I Need Money". The album was certified platinum by the RIAA on January 14, 1992. "Good Vibrations" was Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's first single, and after its release it went to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song, and most of the album, was produced by Mark Wahlberg's brother, Donnie Wahlberg who is part of the group New Kids on the Block.

Background[edit]

Before the group was even formed, Mark Wahlberg, who was the lead singer, was in jail for beating a Vietnamese man.[1] Even before Mark got arrested, he dropped out of school at the age of 14 and began hustling, stealing, and selling drugs.[2] Once Mark got out of prison, his older brother Donnie helped him out by getting him involved in the music business. Mark wasn’t the best singer, but with his charisma and looks Donnie helped him and his group debut their first album. In 1990, Donnie Walhberg convinced younger brother Mark to return to the music scene as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, even landing them a spot as opening act for Donnie’s band, The New Kids on the Block.[3] Mark Walhberg (Marky Mark) was joined by an all black ensemble including Scott Ross (aka Scottie Gee), Hector Barros (Hector the Booty Inspector), Anthony Thomas (Ashley Ace), and Terry Yancey (DJ-T) to create more of a “street” feel for Mark.[4] The following year Donnie went a step further, producing the group’s first and most successful album, Music for the People.

Reception[edit]

Music for the People released on July 23, 1991 to mixed reviews. Despite being lauded more for Mark’s physique, and charisma than musicality, the album still managed to receive a Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. MTV’s Jason Ankeny says“Rap purists were appalled by Wahlberg's mediocre lyrical skills, lame samples, and tired beats.”[5] In an interview with Oral Tradition, DJ Romeo says that he believes Marky Mark’s disjointed rhythm and rap cadence comes primarily from reading the rap from paper while recording, and that while some rapper’s use a “poets tools,” (simile, hyperbole, and alliteration) Marky Mark “just raps.”[6] The album was the only real successful thing that the group accomplished with its two big hits “Good Vibrations” and Wildside.” The group started to tank a couple years after their platinum album and split up in the year 1993 when Mark Wahlberg decided to take his career in another direction by starting to act.

Charts and Certifications[edit]

Peaks:

  • no. 21 - Billboard 200 (Album)
  • no. 1 Top Heatseekers (Album)
  • no. 1 - Billboard Hot 100 (Single; Good Vibrations)[7]
  • no. 10 - Billboard Hot 100 (Single; Wildside)
  • Certified Platinum - RIAA (Album)[8]
  • Certified Gold - RIAA (Single; Good Vibrations)[9]
  • Certified Gold - RIAA (Single; Wildside)[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Music for the People" (Donnie Wahlberg, Mark Wahlberg) – 4:19
  2. "Good Vibrations" (feat. Loleatta Holloway) (M. Wahlberg, D. Wahlberg, Spice) – 4:25
  3. "Wildside" (M. Wahlberg, Lou Reed, Spice) – 5:07
  4. "Bout Time I Funk You" (M. Wahlberg, D. Wahlberg, L. Johnson, Michael Jonzun) – 4:29
  5. "Peace" (M. Wahlberg, D. Wahlberg) – 5:28
  6. "So What Chu Sayin" (Danny Wood, D. Wahlberg, M. Wahlberg) – 4:41
  7. "Marky Mark is Here" (D. Wahlberg, M. Wahlberg) – 4:00
  8. "On the House Tip" (D. Wahlberg, Spice) – 3:42
  9. "Make Me Say Ooh!" (D. Wahlberg, Spice) – 3:43
  10. "I Need Money" (D. Wahlberg, M. Wahlberg) – 4:29
  11. "The Last Song on Side B" (M. Wahlberg, D. Wood, Jimmy Castor, J. Pruitt, J. Thomas) – 3:59

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mark Wahlberg Biography". Biography.com. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Hiskey, Daven. "Mark Wahlberg was a Drug Dealer and was Charged with Attempted Murder Before Forming Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch". Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Marky Mark". MTV. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Steed, Dave. "Popdose Flashback ’91: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, "Music For the People"". Popdose. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Marky Mark". MTV. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Wehmeyer-Shaw, Debra (October 1993). "Rap Music: An Interview with DJ Romeo". Oral Tradition Journal 8 (2): 225–246. 
  7. ^ "Billboard top 100". Billboard. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 10 July 2012.