Young MC PhotoMarvin Young was born in England but raised in Queens, New York. After graduating with an economics degree from the University of Southern California, he turned his attention to his true passions - writing and rapping. His break came when talking on the phone to an executive at indie label Delicious Vinyl. He rapped a song he'd written "My Name Is Young" over the phone and got signed. The first success he tasted was with tunes he wrote for labelmate Tone Loc. "Wild Thing" (#2) and "Funky Cold Medina" (#3) hit big in late '88 and March of '89. Five months later, under the name Young MC, he burst onto the scene with the U.S. Top 10 hit "Bust A Move".

In 1990, Young released his debut Stone Cold Rhymin' to multiplatinum sales, a Grammy Award and a AMA awards for Best Rap Artist. Young's follow-up single "Principal's Office" made U.S. Top 40 but would be his last charting. Young MC disappeared after signing with major label Capitol Records and releasing 1991's Brainstorm. But he's never given up. He made another album in '93 called What's The Flavor with little fanfare. 1997 he came back on a small label with a new album, Return Of The 1 Hit Wonder.

In late 2000, he attempted a return with Ain't Going Out Like That on the indie label Young Man Moving. It didn't make much of an impression in the rap world, but Young tried again in the summer of 2002 with Engage the Enzyme. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide