Reminiscing: Young MC

I generally keep it music on my blog and that’s what I’m feeling like talking about today. I felt like giving a shout and some love to Young MC.

Anyone old enough to remember him? The guy was never one of my top 5 or something but I have a certain fondness for the dude because more by coincidence than anything his music has been a part of my whole life.

Everyone has heard “Bust A Move” when it was new and popular. That particular song, I actually did not like it at all. That aside, I have written in the past about the music aspect of my childhood, from being able to recite “Jam On It” at the age of four to how I was obsessed with certain groups and having a huge collection of cassettes before I had even reached 12 years old. The album with “Bust A Move” was called Stone Cold Rhymin’ and it came out in ’89, which makes me approximately 7 years old.  My mom was careful about what she would let me buy if she could help it, trying to keep away tapes with parental advisory stickers, let alone having a cousin with alot of music and letting me borrow stacks of tapes to boot.

This one was considered a mainstream release at the time and mom got it for me. I listened to Young MC’s album on the regular, often fast forwarding thru just a couple of tunes including the famous Bust A Move. I liked the guy and the music, and what do you expect from a 7 year old kid?

I guess he had done some other music after that but I didn’t know about it until I was about 13 (the album had already been out for a while) but I came across another Young MC album called “What’s The Flavor?” and picked it up having had some sort of a connection with him in the past. Again, there would be just a couple of tracks I would fast forward thru but most of the album I liked…alot. East Coast hiphop was getting harder and  more boom-bap at this point in the time and the beats on this album were sick.

Now, I hadn’t seen or heard anything from Young MC for years after that. Me being me, I would occasionally in the course of a year go back and listen to those songs. I had acquired them both on CD by junior high so they were around. Then I flash forward to the year I graduated high school, 2000. He had a brand new release I spotted by sheer coincidence at Best Buy for $10. I remember feeling almost confused because as much as hiphop had changed by 2000 (and in my opinion mainstream had it going down the toilet) I thought Young MC was long gone from music, plus he wouldn’t exactly be so young anymore anyway. Nonetheless, I remember looking over the tracks and case artwork for a minute and without a doubt whatsoever had to buy it. I remember thinking it was so cool to have something new from someone so “old school” to me personally. I had a system in my car too so I was banging that album for a bit. Felt good to have a childhood connection like that.

Finally, history repeats itself a little. He had an album in 2008 called “Relentless.” I didn’t know he did more after that 2000 release but by this point it was 2010, my ex had already been broke up with me for a while and I was at the music shop browsing the used stuff. *Footnote: this was the same year my BitPusher2600 persona was still just a tinkerer’s idea in the back of my head, and it was in fact “BitPusher2600” instead of BitPusher because I had barely any ambition of creating much of my own music anyway let alone did I forsee myself going past making a couple Atari 2600 chiptunes. Fortunately, BitPusher2600 evolved into BitPusher and now I’ve done all kinds of cool shit šŸ™‚ So back to the story, there sits this relatively new album for a whopping $5. I pulled it out of the case and looked at the year, and just like with that 2000 release it was a “what the hell?” kind of moment and I bought it. Talk about sounding different, it was musically rather modern, lyrically it still had that style Young MC has always had. It also struck me as crazy that his voice sounds very similar to how he sounded in ’89. I like this album. Once again, now a full grown adult with a baby and here’s a new Young MC release. Damn.

So yeah, there’s my story for today. My biggest obsessions from the youngest age up with hiphop were Kurtis Blow, Kool Moe Dee, 3rd Bass, KRS and BDP, and Public Enemy. Hands down. But Young MC was someone I liked listening to that managed to randomly pop up by absolute coincidence a total of four completely separate stages of growth and life. Childhood, early teen, high school graduate, and full grown adult with a kid of his own. So as I said before, I’ll always have a certain fondness for the guy. Hell, I wish I could do a track with him, wouldn’t that be some bizarre irony.

So yeah, long life and good health to my man Young MC. Thank you.

  –BitPusher

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