Education (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)
- University Of Southern California
– BA Economics
Los Angeles, CA
Additional Awards (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)
- Grammy Awards
– Best Rap Performance
- American Music Awards
– Best Rap Artist
- Billboard Awards
– Best New Artist
Additional Resume Info (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)
- * Marvin Young (aka Young MC) was born May 10, 1967 in the town of Neasden in
London, England. His family leftÂ England and came to Queens New York near
Hollis, home of Run-DMC. In 1977 at the age of 10, Marvin Young witnessed
the technique of live rapping for the first time in his friend Jeff
Taylorâs basement. Marvin was hooked instantly, and Young MC was born.
At such a tender age, Young MC couldn't remember all of his rhymes so he
read them, carrying them around in a plastic bag. One night a shootout
broke out at a block party and he had to run off without his bag. Despite
getting it back the next day, that incident taught Young MC the lesson of
memorizing his rhymes for performance. Ironically he still has his
childhood habit today, reading his rhymes in the studio for all his
recordings, even if he does have them memorized beforehand.
Young MCâs early musical influences included Chic, KC and The Sunshine
Band, Parliament- Funkadelic, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley, The Eagles, Kool &
The Gang and many others. Going through his fatherâs huge vinyl collection,
and hearing what his DJ friends were playing helped form the foundation of
his musical approach. As a teenager, rapping to everything from âGood
Timesâ� and âBounce, Rock, Skate, Rollâ� to the original Aerosmith "Walk This
Way", and Billy Squier's "Big Beat" laid the groundwork that allowed Young
MC to be comfortable with making accessible, crossover rap music once he
got the chance to sign a professional record deal.
In September 1987, during his 3rd year at the University Of Southern
California in Los Angeles, Young MC was put in touch with Mike Ross, one of
the owners of Delicious Vinyl. Young MC rappedÂ over the phone for Mike Ross
and Matt Dike, with lyrics that would later be included in his songs âI Let
âEm Knowâ� and âMy Name Is Youngâ�. Literally one week later, the founders of
Delicious Vinyl delivered a recording contractÂ to Young MCâs dorm room on
the USC campus.
While completing his last 2 years at USC, Young MC helped write "Wild
Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina" for Tone Loc. A little known fact is that
the first station to play Wild Thing was KROQ, better known for its
specialty of cutting-edge alternative rock. âWild Thingâ� achieved multi-
platinum status in 1988, with sales totaling nearly 4 million copies.
âFunky Cold Medinaâ� achieved multi-platinum status in 1989, selling well
over 2 million copies and establishing Marvin Young as a groundbreaking
songwriter with his first two songwriting efforts.
During the same period, Young MC began recording with Delicious Vinyl.
Having no car yet, Young was driven from the USC campus to his sessions by
Orlando Aguillen, the head of promotion at Delicious Vinyl. The studio was
located in Matt Dikeâs apartment, a modest walk-up over Santa Monica Blvd.
with a 16-track mixing board in the living room and the vocal booth in the
closet, complete with an old mattress used for soundproofing.
Young MC established himself as an artist, first releasing "I Let 'Em
Know", "The Fastest Rhyme",Â and "My Name Is Young" in the spring of 1988 on
a blue-label 12-inch vinyl which is the only true independent release of
Young MCâs early career. All 3 tracks were played in heavy rotation on KDAY
in Los Angeles, helping him develop a strong underground following on the
West Coast before pop radio even heard of Young MC.
In the fall of 1988, Young MC released âKnow Howâ� on Delicious Vinyl/Island
which was his first release with major distribution. From the fall of â88
to the spring of â89, Young MC recorded the rest of his debut album "Stone
Cold Rhymin'" while completing his Bachelorâs Degree in Economics from USC.
âBust A Moveâ� was the last song recorded for his album, a direct reaction
to Tone Locâs success with two up-tempo dance/rap tracks. The music video
for "Bust A Move" was released within a week of his graduation from USC.
The lyrics to âBust A Moveâ� were written by Young MC in 90 minutes in his
campus apartment at USC. The lyrics were never edited; he recorded his
first draft to the track. The bass line featured in "Bust a Move" was
played by Flea, the legendary bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Flea
also appeared in the music video for âBust A Moveâ�, wearing pants that
still evoke comments more than 20 years later. The female vocals in âBust A
Moveâ� were sung by Stevie Wonder's studio background vocalist Crystal
Blake, not Diana Ross as was rumored at the time.
âStone Cold Rhyminââ� was released in May 1989, and Young MC went on tour to
promote his debut album. He made a deal with his parents that if his music
career did not succeed that summer, that he would attend graduate school in
the fall of 1989. Succeed is an understatement for what began for Young MC
in the summer of 1989. Both âBust A Moveâ� the single, and âStone Cold
Rhyminââ� the album would achieve multi-platinum status before the end of
Contrary to popular belief, âBust A Moveâ� only managed to reach #7 on the
pre-Soundscan Billboard Pop charts, but it remained on those charts for 40
weeks. It outlasted Young MCâs 2nd single âPrincipal's Officeâ� (Billboard
Pop #33) which was nearly a gold single in it's own right, as well as his
3rd release âI Come Offâ� (Billboard Pop #75). On the heels of Tone Locâs
success, it was obvious that a new sound in hip-hop music was being
established in the recording industry.
In early 1990, Young MC won the American Music Award for Best Rap Artist.
He also won the Billboard Award for the Best New Pop Artist, the first time
that award had been given to a Rap Artist. In February 1990 Young MC won a
Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. His win was the first time that the
Rap Grammy presentation was televised. The historic significance was not
lost on Young MC when he stated in an interview: âThe Grammy Award
establishes and solidifies your career as something special. From that day
forward, I was known as "Grammy Winner Young MC". Not bad for a kid from
Hollis who ran around with a bag of rhymes.â�
Also in 1990, Young MC made a breakthrough which would resonate through hip-
hop as well as the advertising industry for decades. Young MC was chosen to
be the spokesman for Pepsiâs âCool Cansâ� media advertising campaign. Young
MC filmed a television commercial and recorded two radio commercials for
Pepsi using his own original music and lyrics. The television commercial
was shown in 95% of Pepsi bottlers markets in the U.S. Several of these
markets had never shown a hip-hop television commercial before, believing a
rapper could not be an effective spokesperson for a nationwide campaign.
The campaign proved to be so successful, Pepsi renegotiated Young MCâs
original contract to include him in a similar campaign for Taco Bell.
âStone Cold Rhyminââ� was the last album that many people remember from
Young MC. However, to date he has recorded eight studio albums, and has
released an online collection of material, much of which was never released
commercially. The albums include âBrainstormâ�, âWhatâs The Flavorâ�, âReturn
Of The One Hit Wonderâ�, âAinât Goinâ Out Like Thatâ�, âEngage The Enzymeâ�,
âAdrenaline Flowâ� and âRelentlessâ�. Young MC also released âB-Sides, Demos
and Remixesâ�, a collection of unreleased and re-recorded material created
over a 14 year period.
Young MCâs next two releases, âBrainstormâ� and âWhatâs The Flavorâ� were
released in the early 1990âs on Capitol Records. Capitol had sold 15
million copies of MC Hammerâs album âPlease Hammer Donât Hurt âEmâ�, which
signaled the peak of the pop-rap phenomenon that Young MC helped usher in.
âBrainstormâ� shipped gold, and featured the single âThatâs The Way Love
Goesâ� (Billboard Pop #54). âWhatâs The Flavorâ� contained tracks produced by
Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest. However, the climate of rap
music was decidedly turning more gangsta, and Young MCâs fun, positive
rhymes fell out of favor with the major labels.
âReturn Of The One Hit Wonderâ� was released in 1997 and featured the dance
party track âOn And Poppinââ�. Despite strong reviews and video rotation on
BET, sales of the CD were disappointing at the time. However, the re-
recorded version of âOn And Poppinââ� was prominently featured in an episode
of the NBC Comedy âScrubsâ� in 2006.
Also in 1997, Young MC took on a music production project which was larger
than anything he had ever done by himself to date. He was hired to compose
and perform all of the original music for âThe Sports Illustrated For Kids
Show.â� Young MC created the television showâs theme song, as well as
creating individual themes for each episodeâs featured athlete. Young MC
composed and performed the original music for 2 full seasons of âThe Sports
Illustrated For Kids Showâ� before production ended in 1998. Even today,
many episodes are re-broadcast for kids worldwide.
In 2000, Young MC released the album âAinât Goinâ Out Like That.â� Both the
album and the title track entered the Billboard hip-hop chart, and Young MC
began to tour extensively throughout the country. Young MC signed on with
Bobby Bessone and Entertainment Artists Agency. Young MC was able to expose
the fans of âBust A Moveâ� to songs from âAinât Goinâ Out Like Thatâ�, and
the positive crowd response influenced his later material. Also, in 2007,
the song âAinât Goinâ Out Like Thatâ� was featured in an episode of the ABC
Comedy âUgly Betty.â�
At the same time in 2000 that Young MC the artist released his album,
Marvin Young the songwriter struck platinum again. Along with writing
partner Will Wheaton, Marvin Young wrote Anastacia's "Not That Kind" which
was a smash hit on several continents, and the title track to her debut
album which has sold nearly 10 million copies to date. The worldwide
success of âNot That Kindâ� established Marvin Young as a songwriter who had
written 4 multi-platinum hit records in 3 different decades and 2 different
In 2002, Young MC appeared as a contestant on âWeakest LinkâRap Stars
Edition.â� He was joined by Run of RUN-DMC, DJ Quik, Jermaine Dupri, Da
Brat, B-Real of Cypress Hill, Xzibit, and Nate Dogg. Young MC 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.
Also in 2002 Young MC released âEngage The Enzymeâ�, an album that many felt
was his best to date. The performance of multiple tracks from the album
seems to back up that claim. In October 2002, the single âHeatseekerâ�
reached #3 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles Sales Chart. A few
weeks after that, âHeatseekerâ� reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles
Sales Chart, only being outsold by Kelly Clarksonâs âA Moment Like This.â�
The success of âHeatseekerâ� was the best chart performance for Young MC as
an artist in well over a decade.
âStress Testâ� was another hit track from âEngage The Enzyme.â� A video was
shot in Vancouver by up and coming Canadian Director Shawn Angelski. The
single and video were enough to secure a single deal for âStress Testâ� with
Orbit/Virgin Records in Germany. Remixes were made, and âStress Testâ�
performed well on the charts in Germany and other foreign territories.
Also, the original version of âStress Testâ� has been featured recently in
two major motion picture trailers. It was featured in the film âFour
Brothersâ� in 2005 and the film âCrossoverâ� in 2006.
âFeel The Loveâ� was a third track from âEngage The Enzymeâ� which performed
wellâ¦literally. Young MC took six tracks from âEngage The Enzymeâ� to the
stage, and âFeel The Loveâ� always received the strongest crowd response.
Today, nearly 8 years after its release, âFeel The Loveâ� is very often
still part of a Young MC live performance, outlasting all other tracks from
the album. âFeel The Loveâ� was also licensed to two network television
series. It was featured in the WB series âWonderfallsâ� in 2004, and it was
also featured in the hit HBO series âEntourageâ� in 2006.
âCrucialâ� describes Young MCâs personal reaction to 9/11. He describes his
unique feelings as a naturalized American citizen. Reviews of âEngage The
Enzymeâ� often mentioned of âCrucialâ� specifically. A review by Dan LeRoy of
All Music Guide praised: âThe albumâs finest moment, however, is
âCrucialâ�âwhich not only became hip-hopâs best 9/11 song on its release,
but easily bettered most of the attempts in any musical genre to capture
that fateful day.â� Young MC has never performed âCrucialâ� on stage in the 8
years since âEngage The Enzymeâ� was released.
âEngage The Enzymeâ� would serve as a springboard to other successful
projects for Young MC. After viewing the B-Roll footage of Young MC from
the âStress Testâ� video and taking an introductory meeting with him,
cutting-edge Canadian film director Raphael Assaf and screenwriter Armen
Evrensel asked Young MC to help create a film project that would eventually
be titled âThe Zero Sum.â� Young MC traveled to Vancouver, BC for shooting
in December 2004.
As an actor in âThe Zero Sumâ�, Marvin Young played Mr. Henderson, a no-
nonsense publishing company executive. Mr. Hendersonâs firm had the task of
reviewing the manuscript of the filmâs hero Leonard, played by
âTrainspottingâ� star Ewen Bremner. Marvin Young also Co-Executive Produced
âThe Zero Sumâ�, an essential role in the film getting made. Young MC also
teamed up with Baltimore rapper KNOXX to create âBrotherly Loveâ�, the theme
song to âThe Zero Sumâ�.
Playing Leonardâs girlfriend Leah in the âThe Zero Sumâ� was Sarah Strange,
who co-starred in the ABC series âMen In Treesâ� with Anne Heche. Playing
Leonardâs brother Patrick was David-Richmond-Peck, who had a role in the
Keanu Reeves film âThe Day The Earth Stood Stillâ�. And playing Leonardâs
best friend Chris was Tyler Labine who appeared in the ABC series
âInvasionâ� and has the starring role in the 2010 Fox television series
âSons Of Tucsonâ�.
Upon its Canadian release in 2005, âThe Zero Sumâ� received critical acclaim
throughout the country, and the award recognition was soon to follow. In
2006, actress Sarah Strange won the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by
a Female in a Feature Length Drama. That same year, âThe Zero Sumâ� won the
Toronto Reel World Film Festival Award for Outstanding Feature Film. In
2007, âThe Zero Sumâ� won the Canadian Filmmakersâ Festival Award for Best
Feature Film. In barely two years, âThe Zero Sumâ� had made a lasting
impression on the nation of Canada.
Back in the U.S., Young MC focused on producing KNOXX, featured on âThe
Zero Sumâ� theme âBrotherly Love.â� KNOXX already had a strong underground
following in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, and when he relocated to
Atlanta, Georgia, he entered the 1998 Blaze Magazine Freestyle Battle and
triumphed as the peopleâs choice with the greatest crowd response.
Young MC met KNOXX in Los Angeles in 2004. The two began work on the album
âVigilanteâ� which was completed in early 2006. The standout tracks included
âAvailableâ�, âGo Get âEmâ�, âOva Nowâ�, and the title track âVigilante.â�
Young MC was truly inspired during the making of this album. Young fed off
the enthusiasm of an artist experiencing his first album. The process of
creating KNOXXâs âVigilanteâ� re-lit the artistic flame under Young MC,
which would become apparent in the volume and quality of subsequent Young
MC musical projects.
In September 2005 Young MC was cast in the VH1 reality show âCelebrity Fit
Club 3.â� The show aired in January 2006, creating unprecedented buzz about
the All-Star cast. Joining Young MC was Kelly LeBrock, Bruce Vilanch,
Tempestt Bledsoe, Countess Vaughan, Chastity Bono, Jeff Conaway, Gunnar
Nelson, and Rapper Bizarre of D12. By seasonâs end, Young MC had lost the
most weight of anyone in the cast, shedding 39 pounds in 14 weeks. Even
several years later, âCelebrity Fit Club 3â� remains as one of the highest
rated shows in the 30 year history of VH1.
Young MC also made an appearance in a special episode of âThe Best Damn
Sports Show Periodâ� which featured âThe Top 50 Sports Moments Of The 80âs.â�
Young MC crafted lyrics and performed a sports-themed rap song alongside
hip-hop legends KRS-1 and Kool Moe Dee. The historical trio rocked the
house with a performance which was a ratings hit for the original airing,
and eventually became a widely viewed YouTube video.
After 20 years of living in Los Angeles, Young MC relocated to Scottsdale,
AZ in 2006. He spent 2007 creating the album âAdrenaline Flowâ� which was
released in 2008. At this point, Young MC made the conscious decision to
focus on the licensing opportunities which had been so successful for his
lesser known material up to that point. There were multiple uses,
particularly in the video game area. The most prominent licenses were for
the tracks âDonât Get It Twistedâ� and âHit âEm Hardâ�, both of which were
featured in the EA Sports Tiger Woods â09 Video Game.
An interesting event that occurred during 2007 was the use of âBust A Moveâ�
by Olympic Gold Medalist speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno for his winning
performance during the season finale of the ABC hit show âDancing With The
Stars.â� Ohno invited Young MC to attend the taping, and Young MC was there
to witness Ohno perform part of the routine blindfolded while he flawlessly
completed an entertaining hip-hop routine which received the highest score
of the night from the judges and secured the top spot for Apolo Anton Ohno
as champion of the showâs 2007 season.
Immediately following âAdrenaline Flowâ�, Young MC released an online-only
album âB-Sides, Demos and Remixes.â� Young MC compiled a diverse set of his
unreleased tracks, remixed tracks, and re-recorded tracks to create this
unique album. Many of the songs had already been licensed in various media,
but there was no way for fans to purchase the songs if they liked them. Two
of the re-recorded songs, âRollinââ� and âGet Your Boogie Onâ�, had received
regional airplay in the mid-90âs, and were released as singles but were
never previously released on any album.
The new version of âRollinââ� was used in the Burger King national
advertising campaign âOpen âTil Lateâ� in 2004-2005. âRollinââ� was also
featured in the NBC television series âKnight Riderâ� in October 2008. âGet
Your Boogie Onâ� was featured in the trailer for the animated feature film
âBarnyardâ� in 2006, as well as multiple video game uses. The re-recorded
version of âOn And Poppinââ� was featured prominently in an episode of the
NBC Comedy Series âScrubsâ� in 2006.
In 2009 Young MC released his 8th album âRelentlessâ�, focusing primarily on
the same licensing opportunities that had been successful for him in the
past. Later that year Young MC also landed a cameo role in the breakout
Jason Reitman film âUp In The Airâ� starring George Clooney.
Young MC played himself, performing at a software convention which was
crashed by Clooneyâs character and his two female co-stars Anna Kendrick
and Vera Formiga. âUp In The Airâ� also co-starred Jason Bateman, utilized
interviews of actual laid off workers and had a memorable cameo from âThe
Hangoverâ� star Zach Galifianakis. âUp In The Airâ� received instant critical
acclaim worldwide, and several reviews made positive mention of Young MCâs
performance in particular.
The end of 2009 proved to be an active time for Young MC in terms of
licenses in film and television. On top of the performance of âBust A Moveâ�
in âUp In The Airâ�, âBust A Moveâ� was also prominently featured in the film
âThe Blind Sideâ� starring Sandra Bullock. âThe Blind Sideâ� was a surprise
hit, holding the #1 box office spot for several consecutive weeks. Sandra
Bullock has won multiple awards for her performance in âThe Blind Sideâ�,
among them the SAG Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, and the
Golden Globe Award for Best Female Performance in a Feature Film. During
that same Golden Globe ceremony, Jason Reitman won the Golden Globe Award
for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on âUp In The Air.â�
âBust A Moveâ� was also featured in the wildly popular Fox television show
âGleeâ� in October 2009. The cover performance of the song was a testament
to the wide generational appeal of âBust A Moveâ� as a teacher performed the
song for his students as an example of a mash-up for an assignment in
class. âKnow Howâ�, another track from Young MCâs debut album âStone Cold
Rhyminââ�, was featured in the film âWhip Itâ� which was Drew Barrymoreâs
directorial debut, as well as a starring vehicle for âJunoâ� star Ellen
2009 completed two full decades of Young MCâs music appearing in film and
television. It is a widely held opinion that this relationship between
music and film is becoming the backbone of the ever-changing recording
industry, and Young MC has been at the forefront of it for 20 years. Ever
since the 1989 John Candy film âUncle Buckâ� featured âBust A Moveâ� and âGot
More Rhymesâ�, fans of film and television have enjoyed Young MCâs music as
part of their visual experienceâ¦Whether they actually knew it at the time
On top of all the placements that have already been mentioned herein, âBust
A Moveâ� has been featured in major motion pictures such as âYou Me And
Dupreeâ�, âDude Whereâs My Car?â�, âCanât Hardly Waitâ�, â17 Againâ�, âThe
Replacementsâ� and âGrindâ� among countless others. âBust A Moveâ� has been
featured in network television series such as âMy Name Is Earlâ�, âSpin
Cityâ�, âOne Tree Hillâ�, âKing Of The Hillâ�, âFuturamaâ�, âFamily Mattersâ�
and âYes Dearâ�. âBust A Moveâ� has also been featured on âThe Tonight Showâ�,
âSaturday Night Liveâ�, âRegis and Kathie Leeâ� as well as on âThe Ellen
In 2010 Young MC is living up to the name of his CorporationâYoung Man
Moving. He took the song âBabeâ� from the âEngage The Enzymeâ� album and
worked hard to create a definitive set of dance remixes. Young MC himself
said ââBabeâ is the catchiest melodic song that I have ever written.
Everyone that hears âBabeâ likes it, and wants to sing along. It was
perfect for remixing.â�
Young MC teamed up with Beat Jacker of Big Fish Audio sample library fame
to create 5 dance remixes that have already received international buzz
during the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France in January 2010. The âBabeâ�
remixes were also blessed with scratches and turntable magic from World
Champion DJ AL3. Along with numerous his accomplishments as a club and
party DJ, AL3 is currently the official DJ of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting
Championships), and has the proud distinction of being UFC President Dana
Whiteâs favorite DJ.
For over 20 years, Young MC has brought music and entertainment to the
masses. He has always been mindful of his audience, and respectful of its
diversity. Although he probably wonât be at it for another 20 years, the
listening public can rest assured that for many years to come Young MC will
give you more of the same. And in his case, more of the same is a very good