In 1989, Young collaborated with Tone-Loc on “Wild Thing”, the first Top 10 pop hit for a black rapper, and the follow-up smash “Funky Cold Medina”. Later that year, Young stepped out on his own with the Top 10 smash “Bust a Move”

Intelligent, middle-class and gifted rapper Marvin Young, aka Young MC, made his debut on the single “I Let ‘Em Know”. In 1989, Young collaborated with Tone-Loc on “Wild Thing”, the first Top 10 pop hit for a black rapper, and the follow-up smash “Funky Cold Medina”. Later that year, Young stepped out on his own with the Top 10 smash “Bust a Move”, a good-natured examination of romantic successes and failures spiced by his sense of humor and quick-tongued rapping. The song won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance and its strong pop appeal helped the attendant album, Stone Cold Rhymin’, go platinum. Other standout tracks are the clever and catchy Top 40 follow-up single “Principal’s Office”, “Roll With The Punches” and “Come Off”. The album, with its skillful production by Matt Dike, Mike Ross, the Dust Brothers and engineer Mario Caldato, Jr. is a pop-rap crossover classic that remains an infectious party record years after its release.