Bust A Move - Young MC (1989)





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Published on Sep 12, 2011

"Bust A Move" was a 1989 single by the rapper Young MC. It won the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. It appeared on his album "Stone Cold Rhymin'" and was his biggest hit, reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song featured guest vocals by Stevie Wonder's studio background vocalist Crystal Blake and bass guitar by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. "Bust A Move" contains samples from "Found A Child" by Ballin' Jack, "Scorpio" by Dennis Coffey and "Daytime Hustler" by Bette Midler. In 2008, it was ranked number 47 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop, and number 60 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's. Marvin Young (born May 10, 1967), better known by his stage name Young MC, is an English-born American singer and actor. His family left England and came to Queens, New York when he was 8. 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 rapped over the phone for Mike Ross and Matt Dike, with lyrics that would later be included in his songs "I Let 'Em Know" and "My Name Is Young". One week later, the founders of Delicious Vinyl delivered a recording contract to Young MC's 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. 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 Dike's 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. From the fall of '88 to the spring of '89, Young MC recorded his debut album "Stone Cold Rhymin'" while completing his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from USC. "Bust A Move" was the last song recorded for his album, a direct reaction to Tone Loc's success with two up-tempo dance/rap tracks. The lyrics to "Bust A Move" were written by Young MC in 90 minutes in his campus apartment at USC. The lyrics were never edited, and he recorded his first draft to the final track. "Stone Cold Rhymin'" 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. Both "Bust A Move" the single, and "Stone Cold Rhymin'" the album would achieve multi-platinum status before the end of 1990. This channel is dedicated to all the great rap music from back in the day. The music that started the whole hip-hop revolution, the incredible music from the 70s, the 80s, and the early 90s . . . The Roots Of Rap are here!

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