Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Songoftheday 1/3/17 - Now as I get to school I hear the late bell ringing, running through the halls I hear the glee club singing...

"Principal's Office" - Young M.C.
from the album Stone Cold Rhymin' (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #33 (one week)
Weeks in the top-40: 3

Today's song of the day comes from rapper Marvin Young, aka Young M.C., who had gone from a hit songwriter for Tone Loc to his own Grammy-winning solo debut single "Bust A Move". His follow-up single took the then-22-year-old back to school for the "Principal's Office". The story-verse rap is down with the kids but flows enough to not be tacky...

"Principal's Office" became Young M.C.'s second and final top-40 pop hit in January of 1990. The song also climbed to #51 on Billboard's R&B chart. Internationally, the record was a huge hit in New Zealand, peaking at #5, while stopping at #50 in Australia and #54 in the UK.

The third release from Stone Cold Rhymin', "I Come Off" (which featured singer N'Dea Davenport from Brand New Heavies), slipped on to the pop chart at #90, but it did make it to #36 on the Dance Club Play chart and #52 on the R&B list.

Leaving the Delicious Vinyl record label he made his mark on, Young released his sophomore effort, Brainstorm, in 1991. However, the lead single, "That's The Way Love Goes", only climbed to #54 on the pop chart and #32 on the R&B chart. He continued to have a string of minor R&B hits through the decade, and his most recent appearance came in 2002 with "Heatseeker" (#92 R&B). He's also appeared on reality/competition shows like Celebrity Fit Club and The Weakest Link.

Up tomorrow: LA rockers need a defibrillator. 

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