What is Young MC’s Net Worth?
Young MC is an English American singer, rapper, and actor who has a net worth of $2 million. His 1989 single “Bust a Move” reached #2 on the US Rap chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also reached #5 on the US Dance chart and #1 in Australia. Young MC also had success with the singles “Principal’s Office”, “I Come Off”, and “That’s The Way Love Goes”.
Young MC released his debut studio album “Stone Cold Rhymin'” in 1989. The album reached #8 on the US Hip-Hop chart and #9 on the Billboard 200 chart. He also released the albums “Brainstorm” in 1991, “What’s the Flavor?” in 1993, “Return of the 1 Hit Wonder” in 1997, “Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That” in 2002, “Engage the Enzyme” in 2002, “Adrenaline Flow” in 2007, and “Relentless” in 2008.
Young MC, born Marvin Young, was born on May 10, 1967 in London, England. His parents were immigrants to England from Jamaica. When he was three years old, the family left the United Kingdom and then eventually moved to Queens, New York when Young was eight. He witnessed someone rapping for the first time at the age of 10 and was immediately drawn to the art form. He attended Hunter College High School in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. After graduating, he enrolled at the University of Southern California where he studied economics, ultimately earning a degree in the subject.
Young had been developing his rapping and rhyming skills throughout his teenage years and while he was at college. During his junior year at USC, he was put in touch with Mike Ross, one of the owners of Delicious Vinyl. He rapped for Ross over the phone which so impressed Ross that he offered Young a recording contract.
During his final two years at USC, Young began working on his debut album and also collaborated with some other artists on their music. He worked with Tone Lōc on the songs “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina,” both of which went on to become hits.
He began releasing his own singles in 1988. He first released “I Let ‘Em Know” and “Know How” in 1988. The following year, in 1989 he released the singles “Principal’s Office” and “Bust a Move.” The latter single became very popular and rocketed Young to stardom. The track reached the seventh spot on the “Billboard” Hot 100 and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance during that year’s award show. It also helped pave the way for the success of his first album, “Stone Cold Rhymin” on which all the singles were featured. The album reached the ninth position on the “Billboard” 200. It eventually attained platinum status in the United States. “Principal’s Office” also was popular, though it did not experience the success of “Bust a Move.” The accompanying music video for the track was nominated in the Best Rap Video category at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards.
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After experiencing this level of success, Young decided to leave Delicious Vinyl as he felt he was being restricted in what he wanted to do with his music and wished for more control over the direction of his album. The label subsequently sued him for breach of contract and the two parties later settled out of court. Young then signed with Capitol Records and released his second album, “Brainstorm,” in 1991. The album did not have any well-performing singles featured on it and only made it to the number 66 spot on the “Billboard” 200 chart. However, it still managed to achieve gold status in the Untied States.
Young’s third album did not fare as well. “What’s the Flavor” was released in 1993 and was considered a commercial failure, as neither the album nor any of its singles managed to chart. After the disappointing response, Young left Capitol records. He then joined an independent label, Overall Records, and released his fourth album, “Return of the 1 Hit Wonder,” in 1997. The album produced two singles, “Madame Butterfly” and “On & Poppin.” Both of the singles managed to chart in the number 25 and 23 positions, respectively, on the Hot Rap Songs chart.
In 2000, Young released “Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That,” on his own record label, Young Man Moving Records. It was the first album of Young’s to chart since “Brainstorm,” ultimately making it to the number 85 spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The next year, Young contributed the song “Deck the Halls” to the Disney television movie “Twas the Night.”
In 2002, he released his sixth album, “Engage the Enzyme.” He also appeared as a contestant on “Weakest Link – Rap Stars Edition.” He ultimately won the context, beating rapper Xzibit in the final round. He donated all of his winnings to the Humane Society. In 2004, he acted in and co-produced the film “The Zero Sum.” He also partnered with rapper KNOWW to record the theme song for the film, a track called “Brotherly Love.”
In 2005, Young appeared on the VH1 reality show “Celebrity Fit Club 3.” He won the competition by losing more weight than any of his fellow competitors, including Tempestt Bledsoe, Chaz Bono, Kelly Le Brock, and Countess Vaughn.
In 2007, he released his seventh album, “Adrenaline Flow.” In 2009, Young released his eighth album, “Relentless.” He also had a cameo role in the film “Up in the Air,” playing himself.
Young experienced tragedy in 1994 when his father was charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of his mother. The father was arrested a few hours after the event, as he was originally taken the hospital to be treated for an overdose of pills.
In 2006, Young relocated from his home of twenty years in Los Angeles to Scottsdale, Arizona. Young generally keeps his romantic life out of the public eye. In 1990, he was linked to Amy Lynn Baxter but has otherwise not confirmed any relationships.
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