Representative for MC Hammer insisted the 90s hip hop superstar is alive this week after rumours of his death swept the internet following the demise of his namesake Stanley Burrell.
The baggy trousered rapper sold millions in the early 90s notably of breakthrough single U Cant Touch This before going bankrupt and becoming a Christian minister in the mid 90s. Fiercely criticised for his pop success, he was, however, championed by Ice Cube who on his 1991 album OG: Original Gangster declared A special shout out to my man MC Hammer; A lot of people diss you, man, but they just jealous. Fuck 'em!"
Chatting to Jonty Skrufff in 1995 (as he prepared to release his own gangsta rap style album the Funky Headhunter, he returned the compliment declaring Ice Cube, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Chuck D, KRS-1, Guru, Digital Underground . . . were all from the same environment.
All of us are from the inner city, were products of this community thats under-educated, under-employed and lacking enough recreational opportunities to really relate to society in the way thats required. We can understand it, without being a definite part of it, said Hammer, I am a product of the ghetto, thats what I am.
He also revealed a philosophical attitude to life declaring no-body said it would be easy.
Whenever youre successful theres always going to be a certain amount of criticism. Theres a lot of untruths told about you and you just have to deal with it, he added.
http://www.fool.com/news/foth/2002/foth020909.htm (Good old Stanley Burrell (a.k.a. Hammer) squandered $30 million by buying a lavish mansion and maintaining a $500,000-a-month payroll. Some of those on Hammer's dole managed his resources in ways that weren't too legit. Says Burrell: "You can't watch everybody, and when you can't watch everybody, watch out. . .)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN4Po1b9c5U (Hammer- Pray)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMzoBkaFxh4 (Hammer- U Cant Touch This)
http://www.dancejam.com (Sign up to have your dance moves rated by Hammer- coming soon)
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)