Marvin Young (aka Young MC) was born May 10, 1967 in the town of Neasden in London, England. His family left England and came to Queens New York near Hollis, home of Run-DMC. He began rapping at the age of 10 and continued honing his skills until he was signed to Delicious Vinyl in 1987 during his junior year of college. While completing his last 2 years at USC, Young MC helped write "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina" for Tone Loc. “Wild Thing” would sell nearly 4 million copies and “Funky Cold Medina” would sell well over 2 million copies.
“Bust A Move” was the final song that Young MC recorded for his 1989 debut album, “Stone Cold Rhymin’”. In January 1990 Young MC won the American Music Award for Best Rap Artist. In February 1990 Young MC won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. He also won the Billboard Award for the Best New Pop Artist in December 1990.
“Stone Cold Rhymin’” was the last album that many people remember from Young MC. To date Young MC has recorded eight studio albums. The albums include “Brainstorm”, “What’s The Flavor”, “Return Of The One Hit Wonder”, “Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That”, “Engage The Enzyme”, “Adrenaline Flow” and “Relentless.” Young MC also released an online compilation of previously unreleased tracks and re-recordings entitled “B-Sides, Demos and Remixes.”
Songs from these later Young MC albums were featured in network television shows including NBC’s “Scrubs” and “Knight Rider”, ABC’s “Ugly Betty” and HBO’s “Entourage.” They were also used in trailers for the films “Four Brothers”, “Crossover” and “Barnyard”; as well as being included in video games like EA Sports “Tiger Woods ‘09”. Young MC also continued his success as a songwriter, teaming up with Will Wheaton to write Anastacia's "Not That Kind" The song was the title track to her debut album which has sold nearly 10 million copies to date.
Young MC has done extensive work in music production for television and commercials. He created original music and was the spokesman for Pepsi’s “Cool Cans” campaign in 1990 which led to a similar advertising campaign for Taco Bell. Young MC also composed and performed all of the original music for “The Sports Illustrated For Kids Show” in 1997-98. And in 2004, Young MC’s track “Rollin’” was the soundtrack for the Burger King national campaign “Open Til Late.”
Young MC has also made several interesting television appearances. In 2002, he was a contestant on “Weakest Link—Rap Stars Edition.” Young MC won the game show, besting rapper Xzibit in the finals. In September 2005 Young MC was cast in the VH1 reality show “Celebrity Fit Club 3.” By season’s end, he lost the most weight in the All-Star cast, shedding 39 pounds in 14 weeks.
Young MC also appeared n a special episode of “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” which featured “The Top 50 Sports Moments Of The 80’s.” On the show, Young MC performed live alongside hip-hop legends KRS-1 and Kool Moe Dee. Young MC also acted in and Executive Produced the Award-Winning 2005 Canadian film “The Zero Sum”.
In 2009 Young MC landed a cameo role in the Jason Reitman film “Up In The Air” starring George Clooney. Young MC performed “Bust A Move” live on stage in the film. In fall 2009, “Bust A Move” was prominently featured in the Sandra Bullock film “The Blind Side.” “Bust A Move” was also featured in the wildly popular Fox television show “Glee” in October 2009.
In January 2010 Young MC worked with DJ AL3 of the UFC and co-producer Beat Jacker to create new dance remixes of his melodic tune “Babe.” Young MC is adding to a legacy of providing music and entertainment to the masses which has lasted more than two decades.