FRIDAY NIGHT FUNK: YOUNG MC – BUST A MOVE (1989)
“This here’s a tale for all the fellas
Trying to do what those ladies tell us”
We continue to go old school hip hop in tonight’s Friday Night Funk – with Marvin Young, better known as Young MC, and better known yet for his 1989 hit “Bust a Move”. He did have other songs, but none quite with same profile (so that he cheekily called his 1997 album Return of the 1 Hit Wonder). But did he really need another song? I think not.
I’ll let a Rolling Stone retrospective tell it – “Young MC’s “Bust A Move” was inescapable, a G-rated funk-bomb integral to hip-hop’s eventual mainstream acceptance. Fueled by a sample-heavy production, Flea’s popping bassline, and infectious rhymes written in a University of Southern California dorm by economics major Marvin Young, “Bust A Move” helped usher in the era of pop-rap — songs squeaky clean enough for the whole family and infectious enough to bombard Billboard. Hot on the heels of Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing” (a song which Young also wrote), “Bust A Move” broke down barriers on radio and MTV playlists…”Bust a Move” lives on in countless movies, TV shows and commercials” (including 2017’s It).
It’s also my karaoke song. Well that, and Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy”, which I’ve been known to perform at one office Christmas party…