“Can you feel it, baby?” Mark Wahlberg a.k.a. Marky Mark can too. It’s been thirty years since the rapper turned Hollywood movie star first hit the scene as the bad-boy leader of the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
The group’s first hit single, “Good Vibrations” was featured on the “Funky Bunch’s” hit debut album “Music For the People.”
Following the hit dance song’s July 16, 1991 debut, the single quickly became a number one hit. In all, the “Good Vibrations” single spent twenty weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.
Mark Wahlberg Finds Way Onto the Scene With Help of the Latest “New Kids”
The baby brother of New Kids On The Block pop star and “Blue Bloods” actor Donnie Wahlberg, Mark Wahlberg, or “Marky Mark” as he was initially known, had a unique style when he first hit the music scene. The rapper was often seen shirtless, sporting boxers the waist of which popped just above the top of his jeans. This look quickly led to a Calvin Klein modeling career for the rapper and budding actor.
After shooting to instant stardom with his bad-boy image, Wahlberg soon found himself facing a variety of issues both publically and privately. According to his IMDB page, Wahlberg’s “hardcore” style was a fan-favorite. Especially when contrasted with his brother’s group, The New Kids On The Block, who had a much more clean and “teeny-boppy” type style.
Despite the contrast, it has been noted that Donnie was behind much of the “Funky Bunch’s” popular hits.
Soon after finding fame with the “Funky Bunch,” Mark Wahlberg landed himself to be in quite a bit of hot water. Word of multiple fights involving the rapper began to spread. Wahlberg found his fame quickly dwindling among accusations of racial hatred, homophobia, and brutality.
A New Image For The Star
It was at this point that Mark Wahlberg decided to change his image, focusing on acting, rather than music.
Distancing himself from the past scandals, Wahlberg dropped his “Marky Mark” fame and entered Hollywood as simply Mark Wahlberg.
Wahlberg’s first movie role came in 1994 when he portrayed Private Tommy Lee Haywood in “Renaissance Man.”
Initially, Wahlberg did have a tough go establishing himself as a serious actor. However, the actor quickly proved himself with several jaw-dropping performances. Wahlberg’s roles in “Renaissance Man,” “The Basketball Diaries,” and “Fear,” where he co-starred with Reese Witherspoon, gave the actor the boost that he needed.
In 1997, Wahlberg sealed his fame as a Hollywood leading man in the wildly popular film “Boogie Nights.”
Since then, the rapper-turned-actor has added executive producer to his resume producing popular shows such as HBO’s “Entourage.” Wahlberg has also since entered the restauranter business opening multiple Wahlburger restaurants with his brothers Paul and Donnie. The restaurant chain briefly inspired a reality series on which Mark Wahlberg also served as producer along with Donnie Wahlberg.