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EDITORS’ NOTES

Before he blew up as a Calvin Klein model and word-renowned movie star, Mark Wahlberg hit the scene as a rugged but radio-friendly MC, on this album originally released in 1991. Fronting the Funky Bunch (alongside Scottie Gee, Hector the Booty Inspector, Ashley Ace, and DJ-T), he dropped this collection of 11 tracks that run the gamut from club-approved party anthems (smash hit "Good Vibrations") to syrupy romance raps ("Make Me Say Ooh!") and excursions into the short-lived "hip-house" movement ("On the House Tip"). White rappers were still pretty rare back then, and Mark fits in somewhere in the middle of the spectrum – not quite Vanilla Ice, but not quite Beastie Boys. Heavily influenced by LL Cool J, his style is semi-gruff yet unthreatening, while the production (mostly from brother Donnie) is very much early ‘90s, with plenty of hype breakbeats, squealing sax snippets, and familiar samples of the era. Don't miss the P-Funk-inspired "Bout Time I Funk You" and Lou Reed-sampling second single, "Wildside."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Before he blew up as a Calvin Klein model and word-renowned movie star, Mark Wahlberg hit the scene as a rugged but radio-friendly MC, on this album originally released in 1991. Fronting the Funky Bunch (alongside Scottie Gee, Hector the Booty Inspector, Ashley Ace, and DJ-T), he dropped this collection of 11 tracks that run the gamut from club-approved party anthems (smash hit "Good Vibrations") to syrupy romance raps ("Make Me Say Ooh!") and excursions into the short-lived "hip-house" movement ("On the House Tip"). White rappers were still pretty rare back then, and Mark fits in somewhere in the middle of the spectrum – not quite Vanilla Ice, but not quite Beastie Boys. Heavily influenced by LL Cool J, his style is semi-gruff yet unthreatening, while the production (mostly from brother Donnie) is very much early ‘90s, with plenty of hype breakbeats, squealing sax snippets, and familiar samples of the era. Don't miss the P-Funk-inspired "Bout Time I Funk You" and Lou Reed-sampling second single, "Wildside."

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About Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

The younger brother of New Kids on the Block’s Donnie Wahlberg, Marky Mark entered the music industry in the early '90s before launching the second phase of his career, acting. Employed as an underwear model for Calvin Klein, his two albums did little to dispel his image as a clothes horse for white rap, even though all of his Funky Bunch (who included DJ Terry Yancey and five mixed-gender dancers) were black. Mark enjoyed almost instant success when "Good Vibrations," featuring a sample of Loleatta Holloway’s disco hit "Love Sensation," topped the U.S. charts in July 1991 and broke into the U.K. Top 20. It was followed by the Top Ten single "Wildside," a revision of Lou Reed’s urban mantra "Walk on the Wild Side." The attendant debut album, Music for the People, achieved platinum sales in 1991. His second album failed to provide significant sales and like New Kids on the Block, Marky Mark’s association with the Billboard charts had ended by the mid-'90s. He then returned to his full name, Mark Wahlberg, and enjoyed a successful career in acting, and eventually production, when he produced the popular cable television series Entourage. ~ Rovi Staff

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