Today in Hip Hop History: Stone Cold Rhymin’
London-born, but Queens raised, rapper Young MC released his debut album, Stone Cold Rhymin’, through Delicious Vinyl in 1989. The album was later re-released by Rhine Records. The debut album featured Young MC’s most popular song, “Bust a Move“, that peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in Australia (Shouts out). Stone Cold Rhymin’ was produced by Quincy Jones and the Dust Brothers, who consist of E.Z. Mike and King Gizmo. It solely featured N’Dea Davenport of The Brand New Heavies.
Stone Cold Rhymin’ featured the hit singles, “I Come Off”, “Pick Up The Pace”, “I Know How”, “The Principal’s Office”, “I Let ‘Em Know” and the Grammy Award winning song “Bust A Move”. “Bust A Move” was a mainstream favorite that featured bass guitar played by Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers. It remains a large club/nostalgic favorite to this day.
Stone Cold Rhymin’ propelled the English rapper Young MC to superstardom in the United States. The critical and comercial success of the album rivals those of the greats in that era of hip hop. The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums and #8 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, proving its success in mainstream music in addition to hip hop music charts. It began the 25+ year career of the MC, who still performs to this day.