"20 Years Later" interviews with musicians that briefly held the top spot, before quickly crashing into obscurity are usually depressing snores that r
"20 Years Later" interviews with musicians that briefly held the top spot, before quickly crashing into obscurity are usually depressing snores that read like bad made-for-TV versions of The Wrestler. That's why this interview in Rolling Stone with Young MC, commemorating the 20th anniversary of "Bust a Move" is such a refreshing and fun read.
I had never quite grasped the cultural significance of "Bust a Move" as the first rap hit to truly cross over into all corners that hip-hop had never crawled into before, and would need a better expert to put the hip-hop hits in chronological order for me to have a better idea of how accurate that idea is. However, in a genre where the best material is usually confrontational (if not downright aggressive), I certainly can't think of any completely innocuous, mersh tracks that are anywhere near as good. "U Can't Touch This", frankly, can't.
In this interview (which has to be his first major one in years,) Young MC comes off humble and classy, and clearly doesn't take himself too seriously -- traits which got him to the top of the charts 20 years ago. Those traits will be further rewarded with the upcoming release of a 20th Anniversary Edition of Stone Cold Rhymin' (Young MC's debut album which contained "Bust a Move") featuring added-cred remixes of the smash hit of yore by Le Tigre and Diplo.
Here's one from an all-time great. This one is from his first solo album, which is often overshadowed by its more popular follow-ups "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" and "After the Gold Rush". However, it was still a solid effort to kick off Young's highly successful solo career. Read more...