Young MC

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Young MC
Young MC at GalaxyCon Raleigh in 2021
Young MC at GalaxyCon Raleigh in 2021
Background information
Birth nameMarvin Young
Also known asMr. M.C., The Young M.C. Man
Born (1967-05-10) May 10, 1967 (age 55)
London, England
OriginNew York City, U.S.
GenresHip hop, pop rap
Occupation(s)Rapper, singer-songwriter, producer, actor
Years active1987–present
LabelsDelicious Vinyl, Capitol, Overall, Young Man Moving

Marvin Young (born May 10, 1967), better known by his stage name Young M.C., is a British-born American rapper, singer 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.

Life and career[edit]

Young was born in London, to Jamaican immigrant parents. He left the United Kingdom at the age of three and later moved to Queens, New York, when he was eight years old.[1] Young attended Hunter College High School in the Upper East Side of Manhattan (he was honored at the school’s 2018 convocation).[2] He went on to earn a degree in Economics from the University of Southern California (USC).[3] At USC, he met Michael Ross and Matt Dike from the record company Delicious Vinyl.[3] 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".[3] 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.[1] The single helped Young's debut album, Stone Cold Rhymin', to reach No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and attain platinum status in the United States. The follow-up single, "Principal's Office", was nominated for 'Best Rap Video' at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards.

Following Young's success, he left Delicious Vinyl, citing restrictions on his work and unwanted changes to his album.[1] The label sued him for breach of contract and the two parties eventually settled out of court.[3] Young signed with Capitol Records and released his second album, Brainstorm, in 1991.[1] It reached No. 66 on the Billboard 200. Despite the absence of any strong single, the album achieved gold status in the United States.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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 Rev Run of Run-DMC, DJ Quik, Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, B-Real of Cypress Hill, Xzibit, and Nate Dogg. Young went on to win the celebrity contest, beating Xzibit in the final round. All of the proceeds from his winnings were donated to the Humane Society.

In December 2004, Young travelled to Vancouver to film The Zero Sum. 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 record "Brotherly Love", the theme song from the film.

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, Chaz Bono, Jeff Conaway, Gunnar Nelson, and Rapper Bizarre of D12. Young won the competition, losing more weight than anybody else.

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 twenty years of living in Los Angeles, Young relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona 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.



Year Album Chart positions
US Hip-Hop
1989 Stone Cold Rhymin' 9 8 38 7
1991 Brainstorm 66 61 42
1993 What's the Flavor?
1997 Return of the 1 Hit Wonder
2000 Ain't Goin' Out Like That 85
2002 Engage the Enzyme
2007 Adrenaline Flow
2008 Relentless
"—" denotes an album that did not chart


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Rap
US Dance

1988 "I Let 'Em Know" Stone Cold Rhymin'
"Know How" 95
1989 "Bust a Move" 7 2 5 1 25 14 50 73
"Principal's Office" 33 9 47 50 5 43 54
1990 "I Come Off" 75 36 43 19 78
"Pick Up the Pace (1990)" 147 38
"Louie Louie" Coupe de Ville OST
1991 "That's the Way Love Goes" 54 63 23 65 Brainstorm
"Keep It in Your Pants" 157 18
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 "Bust a Move 2002" 96 single only
"Heatseeker" Engage the Enzyme
2003 "Stress Test"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released


  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 374. ISBN 0-7535-0252-6.
  2. ^ "Grammy winner Marvin Young, '84 (Young M.C.) speaks at 2018 Convocation". Hunter College Campus Schools. June 12, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "Young MC biography". AllMusic. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
  4. ^ "RIAA – Gold and Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved January 2, 2011. Search for "Brainstorm"
  5. ^ a b c "Young MC Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c "Young MC Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Peaks in Australia:
  8. ^ a b "Discography Young M.C." Hung Medien. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  9. ^ "Young MC – US Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "Discografie Young M.C." Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  11. ^ "Discografie Young M.C." Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  12. ^ "Young MC | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 10, 2020.

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