A Jam For The Fellas

Young MC's anti-celibacy anthem
  • Young MC in "Bust A Move"
August 19, 2010 -- 5:01 pm PDT
GRAMMY.com

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Young MC
"Bust A Move"
1989

Born Marvin Young in London, Young MC busted his first career move in L.A. while studying economics at the University of Southern California. It was there he met Delicious Vinyl co-founders Matt Dike and Michael Ross in 1987 and scored a record deal. Two years later, his debut album, Stone Cold Rhymin', would reach No. 9 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the infectious "Bust A Move." Backed by a groovin' bass line (supplied by a Pepper named Flea), tight backbeat, funked-up guitars, and alluring backing vocals by Crystal Blake, Young MC offers advice for fellas "trying to do what those ladies tell us." The video finds him presiding over an '89-style rave, classroom delirium, a movie theater make-out session, stairwell dancing, and an ill-fated wedding. And what about those stone-cold rhymes? Harry/Larry, smarty/party, overzealous/jealous, luncheon/munchin', libido/tuxedo, gawking/talking, sakin'/bacon, pumpin'/thumpin', and of course, groove/move.

"Bust A Move" earned Young MC a GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance in 1989. The year prior, he co-wrote the hits "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina" for Delicious Vinyl labelmate Tone-Loc. More recently, Young MC busted 39 pounds off in 14 weeks in 2005 on "Celebrity Fit Club," and in 2009 he landed a cameo role in Up In The Air, performing "Bust A Move" live in the film. The song was also gleeked out for an episode of "Glee" last October.

Bust a move entered, and exited, the lexicon in about the time of this four-minute song. Word. Got a Forgotten Video recommendation? Leave us a comment.

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