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Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

It's almost hard to believe given the commercial and critical success later enjoyed by Mark Wahlberg as a screen actor that he was once the laughingstock of the hip-hop nation -- under the guise of Funky Bunch leader Marky Mark, Wahlberg was a pretty-boy pariah within the rap community, although he did score a chart-topping pop smash with the single Good Vibrations. Wahlberg was born in Dorchester, MA, on June 5, 1971; at 13, he and older brother Donnie were recruited by teen pop Svengali Maurice Starr to join the producer's latest project, New Kids on the Block. After just three months Mark left the group, although Donnie stayed on; the New Kids went on to emerge as one of the most commercially successful pop acts of the decade, earning untold millions on recordings and merchandise that appealed almost exclusively to teenage girls.

In the meantime, Mark ran afoul of the law -- in 1986 he was charged with racial harassment of a group of African-American students, and two years later he spent 45 days in prison after attacking a Vietnamese man. (Both incidents were detailed on the fan site www.markrobertwahlberg.com as part of a time line with the subhead "Mark Wahlberg -- the loser.") Donnie agreed to help his troubled sibling restart his music career if he cleaned up his act, and after adopting the stage name Marky Mark, in 1990 Wahlberg formed the Funky Bunch with dancers/rappers Scott Ross (aka Scottie Gee), Hector Barros (Hector the Booty Inspector), Anthony Thomas (Ashley Ace), and Terry Yancey (DJ-T).

Donnie Wahlberg not only agreed to produce his brother's music, but also landed the Funky Bunch a slot opening for New Kids on the Block; the group's debut LP, Music for the People, followed in 1991, topping the pop charts on the strength of its lead single, Good Vibrations, which also hit number one. Rap purists were appalled by Wahlberg's mediocre lyrical skills, lame samples, and tired beats, but the same teenage constituency that embraced the New Kids bought the record in droves -- he also earned the approval of some older fans based on a series of revealing Calvin Klein underwear ads, even enjoying a rumored affair with Madonna. You Gotta Believe followed in 1992, but in the wake of Nirvana's landmark Nevermind, audiences had forsaken fluffy teen pop for grunge, and the record failed badly in its attempts to recapture the success of its predecessor.

The Funky Bunch never formally disbanded, but in 1993 Wahlberg made his film debut in the direct-to-video effort The Substitute, and then earned surprisingly strong critical notices for his work in 1994's Renaissance Man and the following year's The Basketball Diaries. He earned his first starring role with 1996's Fear, and in 1997 rocketed onto Hollywood's A list with his starmaking turn as well-endowed porn star Dirk Diggler in Paul Thomas Anderson's much-acclaimed Boogie Nights. Solid work in films including Three Kings and The Perfect Storm further rehabilitated Wahlberg's image, and as the new millennium dawned he was firmly ensconced as a leading man, headlining projects including 2001's remake of Planet of the Apes and the following year's The Truth About Charlie. Theologians still maintain there is a special place in Hell reserved for Wahlberg in return for the pain he inflicted during his mercifully brief career as a rapper. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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kimbrew14
I love me some Marky Mark !
Dirk Diggler
Can you feel it baby?
Oh yeah motherf**ker that song was awesome
He is right. He is the baddest white boy in Boston. Super Cool Mack Daddy. We have a lot in common we have the same birthday and hometown.
Oh yeah that song is so awesome
ds11414
laughing stock???? I think not.
Wild Side
LUV THE SONG
Love this song
Mark. Is. The. S**t. ✋����
HOTTIE!
Can you feel it baby?
Marky Mark is super hot
Pandora Confession: I want to meet Mark Wahlberg and I am going to refer to him ONLY as Marky Mark. Now I have heard he HATES when people mention the name and sing the song. Then again, if he would fight a Teddy bear, he would fight a pretty girl. Hmm, let me rethink this.
dr1729....Yo u said it best...NUFF' SAID!!!
Wow Jason Ankeny, Your last line pretty much made your bio report there irrelevant and hippocritica l . . Don't be so jealous, I'm sure there's a spot reserved in Hell for you too.
Marky Marky& the Funky Bunch one fan# ♥
vic_dlg
I love love love love love love love this song it so cool and it is so awesome
Giggity!!!
old school music
vic_dlg
Love this song
I keep hearing that he's so ashamed and embarrassed because of his Marky Mark days, I don't know if it's true but, if it helps anything, I respect him even more as an actor and a person. Mostly because his music is great, and it's also because it takes talent to do what he does, and that inspires me! I don't think that what Mark Wahlberg did demoted him in any way, but instead I believe he is even more respected as a singer/perfo r m e r and an actor. Millions of people still listen to his music, a
Forget Eminem! Marky Mark is what our generation needs! I'm bringing Marky Mark back! Follow me if you agree :D
He's still better then modern rap
Good thing he went on to movies. what a relief.
sounds like Jason has a personal vendetta against him. Let it go dude!
atlgoddess09
I just love em.
Lmao just no I'm done
Wow I had no idea of his racial issues in the late 80's as noted above. That's so sad.
Songs alright.. Tell u what thou Mark turned out 2 b a hell of an actor.
I like him shirtless in the video!!!
heykayla
Such a cute song lol
deach40
I LOVE THE SONG
GOOD VIBRATIONS! :D
A lot of these pandora reviews are overly critical of the songs and artist we enjoy, or once enjoyed.
Wow, that's pretty harsh 0.o
jpollack06
Great Song.
Wow there are some harsh comments in the bio, but I'm sure markie mark is bankin! Mr. Wahlberg is gorgeous and a great actor. By the way- who's Jason Arkeny anyways? EXACTLY!
gin_steele
I agree with Lora.l in Jason Ankeny's attempt to be funny, he missed the mark of being a good journalist. Wahlberg's rap career was a stepping stone to his acting career and doesn't need to be slammed like you did. Plus, it's actually a good, catchy song.
lkrebs80
Mark Wahlberg rocks. Everyone deserves to bounce back from mistakes made in childhood/yo u n g adulthood. Jason Ankeny, your digs are spiteful and unforgiving. You're a dick.
Become a fan of Twice the Hype at www.reverbna t i o n . c o m / t w i c e t h e h y p e
jeanjacque3
I'll take Marky Mark over 90% of the nonsense passing for hip hop right now.
Dam! This Takes me back ! That Tape was the Best, Remember the Tapes??????? L.O.L
mello1027
They need to comeback wit some more funk
twoslydogs
the funky bunch had it goin on 4 a minute

wish that mr. walberg would go bakk in da studio

and get funky wit it summore

<---3
Your just mad cause your old...See you even being grouchy you old f*rt..
keredstg
No Biography? WTF? I know he didn't like being Marky Mark but he's the only one bent out of shape about it.
msn_recon_ma r i n e
you do have to admit that mark walberg is a multi talented individual. and his brother was in new kids on the block ... lol damn i feel old
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