Rap music was well on the way to the top by 1989, and along for the wild ride-up seemed to be 22-year old, USC economics graduate Marvin Young....who quickly transformed from middle-class, British born scholar into super-star rapper "Young MC".
He quickly put out the year's top, Grammy winning, best selling song and video 'Bust a Move',..and then collaborated with Tone Loc to write chart toppers 'Wild Thing' and "Funky Cold Medina'. However, from there, Young MC seemed to slip down...and eventually out of sight.
His first album 'Stone Cold Rhymin' contained that first hit, and a second one called 'Principle's Office' which reached the top 40. It was even nominated by MTV for a top video award. However, when Young MC decided to drop his record label 'Delicious Vinyl' in favor of 'Capitol Records', he was sued and forced to settle out of court, where things spiralled further down.
In 1991 he came out with a second album 'Brainstorm', that never took off. By 1993 Rap audience's tastes had shifted from the good natured romance-lorn style of Bust a Move, to a harder edged Hip Hop style. MC tried to adapt, following up with an album called 'What's the Flavor' in 1993....but it too flopped.
He spent the next 5 or 6 years producing a few songs, and album compilations like 'The Best of Young MC',and, appropriately, 'The Return of the One Hit Wonder'. Then, in late 2000 and 2001 he fought back with two more album originals called 'Ain't Going Out like
That', and 'Engage the Enzyme', but neither received much attention.
Still, many feel Young MC was a vital, trend setting role-model who helped drive Rap and Hip Hop on through the 90's and into the millennium. These days he's back in the UK, having produced another couple of LP's called 'Adrenalin Flow in 2007, and one he just released called 'Relentless'. If you search the web you can easily find him, where He's even posted his Face Book page.
For me, the Bust a Move era of Rap was exciting, and, I so clearly remeber enjoying the instant success of artists like Young MC and Ton Loc! I can't help but keep a sharp eye out, and a tuned ear to the ground. They may come around again... as things often do.
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DeAndre Ramone Way better known as Soulja Boy Tell’Em, is a young rapper
who used technology to put him on the rap scene. Soulja Boy self published
his first song “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” on the internet. The song got so
popular it was the number one hit for seven non-consecutive weeks. Due to
his success his peers and critics talk about him and put down his music.
Former rapper Ice-T said “Crank That” is “garbage”. Soulja Boy must be
doing something right, for his peers to be talking about him. People only
hate on you when you’re doing something right. I say good job Soulja Boy
for using technology to your advantage. On another note Soulja Boy was
arrested October 7, 2009 in Henry County Georgia for running from the
police. He returned to the scene and told the police they thought the
house was abandoned so they were filming a video there. With all his money
he should have went about it legally ask the proper authorities, instead
of trespassing on private property. I hope he learned his lesson.
Whitney Houston is a talented singer; she definitely got her talent from her from her mother Thelma Houston and Aunt Dionne Warrick. Her debut album was released in 1985. On that album “You Give Good Love”, “Saving All My Love for You”, and “How Will I Know”, earned Whitney Houston best female pop vocal for “Saving All My Love for You” set her sing career superstar status. Whitney is one of the world’s best selling music artists; she sold over 140 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide. Her career was going good; she stared in several feature films, waiting to Exhale, The Preacher’s Wife and The Body Guard. When she married Bobby Brown 1992, things in her personal life was having effect on her career. She divorced Bobby Brown in 2007, and things for her started to turn around. Whitney released her new album “I Look to You” August 31, 2009. The two singles “I Look to You” and “Million Dollar Bill” entered the Billboard 200 at #1. I can say from my point of view Whitney is back.