Bust a Move

Young MC

About Bust a Move

"Bust a Move" is a song by British-American rapper Young MC. It won the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. It appeared on his album Stone Cold Rhymin' and was his biggest hit, reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the charts in Australia. The song stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 39 weeks and 20 weeks in the top 40 alone. The song is built on a sample of "Found a Child" by the group Ballin' Jack. The drums, produced by a LinnDrum, are sampled from the song "Radio-Activity" by RoyalCash. The breakdown segment contains a combination of beats sampled from the songs "Scorpio" by Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band, and "Daytime Hustler" by Bette Midler. Bust a Move also featured guest vocals by Crystal Blake and bass guitar by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, both of whom also appeared in the video. In 2008, it was ranked number 47 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs and number 60 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980s. The single was certified Platinum by the RIAA in the U. S. in January 1990. 


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This here's a tale for all the fellas
Tryin' to do what those ladies tell us
Get shot down cause ya over-zealous
Play hard to get females get jealous
Okay smarty go to a party
Girls are scantily clad and showin' body
A chick walks by you wish you could sex her
But you're standing on the wall like you was Poindexter
Next days function high class luncheon
Food is served and you're stone-cold munchin'
Music comes on people start to dance
But then you ate so much you nearly split your pants
A girl starts walking guys start gawking
Sits down next to you and starts talking
Says she wants to dance cause she likes to groove
So come on fatso and just bust a move

Just bust a move

You're on a mission and your wishin'
Someone could cure your lonely condition
Lookin' for love in all the wrong places
No fine girls just ugly faces
From frustration first inclination
Is to become a monk and leave the situation
But every dark tunnel has a light of hope
So don't hang yourself, with a celibate rope
Your movie's showin', so you're goin'
Could care less about the five you're blowin'
Theater gets dark just to start the show
Then ya spot a fine woman sittin' in your row
She's dressed in yellow, she says "Hello,
come sit next to me you fine fellow."
You run over there without a second to lose
And what comes next hey bust a move

You want it, you got it,
You want it, baby you got it (Just bust a move)
You want it, you got it,
You want it, baby you got it

In this city ladies look pretty
Guys tell jokes so they can seem witty
Tell a funny joke just to get some play
Then you try to make a move and she says, "No way"
Girls are fakin' goodness sakin'
They want the man who brings home the bacon
Got no money and you got no car
Then you got no women and there you are
Some girls are sadistic, materialistic
Lookin' for a man makes them opportunistic
They're lyin' on a beach perpetrating a tan
So a brother with the money can be their man
So on the beach you're strollin' real high rollin'
Everything you have is yours and not stolen
A girl runs up with somethin' to prove
So don't just stand there bust a move

If you want it, you got it
You want it, baby you got it (Just bust a move)
You want it, you got it,
You want it, baby you got it (Break it down for me fellas)

Your best friend Harry has a brother Larry
In five days from now he's gonna marry
He's hopin' you can make it there if you can
'Cause in the ceremony you'll be the best man
You say neat-o, check your libido
And roll to the church in your new tuxedo
The bride walks down just to start the wedding
And there's one more girl you won't be getting
So you start thinkin' then you start blinking
The bridesmaid looks and thinks that you're winking
She thinks your kinda cute so she winks back
And now your feelin' really firm 'cause the girl is stacked
Reception's jumpin' bass is pumpin'
You look at the girl and your heart starts thumpin'
Says she wants to dance to a different groove
Now you know what to do G bust a move

If you want it, you got it
You want it, baby you got it (Just bust a move)
You want it, you got it,
You want it, baby you got it (Break it down for me fellas)

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Young MC

Marvin Young (born May 10, 1967), better known by his stage name Young MC, is an English-born American singer, rapper and actor. He is best known for his 1989 hit "Bust a Move". His debut album Stone Cold Rhymin' found international acclaim; however, subsequent albums have not reached the same level of success. Young has also appeared in film in acting roles and cameo appearances and has appeared in several television programs. His family left England and moved to Queens, New York when he was eight years old. more »

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Written by: Jim Walters, Luther Rabb, Marvin Young, Matt Dike


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14 facts about this song

"Bust a Move" is a song performed by British-American rapper Young MC.
Release Year
This popular track was released in 1989 on Delicious Vinyl.
The song is included in his album titled "Stone Cold Rhymin'."
Chart Performance
The track peaked at the number seven spot on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Young MC's biggest hit.
In 1990, "Bust a Move" won Young MC a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance.
Cultural Impact
With its catchy hooks and relatable lyrics, the song is often credited for helping to popularize rap music to a wider audience.
Musicians Behind the Scene
The base track of "Bust a Move" was composed by Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea.
Backup Vocals
Crystal Blake provided backup vocals on the track.
Music Innovation
The song's unique blend of funky rhythm and weaving rhymes helped shape the direction of early 90's hip-hop.
Persistent Popularity
Even after decades of its release, "Bust a Move" is still used in various commercials, movies, and TV shows like The Office and Scrubs. It has found success and relevance with every new generation.
Featured Artists
The song also featured samples from works by artists like Bette Midler and Ballin' Jack.
Young MC himself wrote the lyrics for "Bust a Move."
Unique Lyrics
The lyrics tell a story about overcoming anxiety and impressing a potential romantic interest, which was a fresh approach in the hip-hop genre at the time.
Music Video
The music video for "Bust a Move" received heavy airplay on MTV and featured celebrity appearances from actors like DJ EZ Rock and Don Cornelius.

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