Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Famous People Birthdays Today Boomer M.C. Hammer


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1962 (49) M.C. Hammer Brought rap mainstream with “U Can’t Touch This”

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Nickname came from his childhood resemblance to baseball legend, Hammerin’ Hank Aaron. The Oakland Athletics called him “Little Hammer”.

Was a bat boy for the Oakland Athletics baseball team

Once sold records out of the trunk of his car.

Born at 11:59am-PST

Claimed to have had 200 outfits.

His album Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em went to #1, the first time ever for a rap recording to be #1 on the pop charts.

In 1996 he filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Due to buying cars, races horses etc. Had to sell his mansion on the hill. Now he has resorted to being a reverend of a church.

Attended Castlemont High School in Oakland, California.

Five children: A’Keiba, Sarah, Stanley, Jeremiah and Samuel.

His 1990 hit song “U Can’t Touch This” was ranked #88 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Dance Songs.

His album: ‘Please Hammer don’t hurt’ sold over 10 million records in the US alone.

Son Samuel born September 2005.

Winner of the 1991 Brit Award for International Breakthrough Act.

Ranked #44 on VH1′s 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists.

Director Justin Lin (Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Finishing The Game)and Hammer met in 2000 in Las Vegas. While Filming Better Luck Tomorrow (2002), Lin had exhausted funds and production of the film was going to be halted. Not knowing if MC Hammer would remember him, Lin called him and told him about the situation. Hammer quickly transfered money into Lin’s account, and production was completed on the project. Lin credits MC Hammer with saving the project.

Was very good friends with slain rapper/actor Tupac Shakur. The two recorded music together as labelmates on LA based Death Row Records in the mid-90s. The music, however, has not ever been “officially” released.

During the beginning of his rap career, claimed to sell 60,000 records “from the back of my trunk.” After his success in selling music independently, was offered and agreed to a contract by Capitol Records.

Spoke at the graduation ceremony for the class of 2008 at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California.

Established Oaktown Stables which at one time owned 19 thoroughbred horses.

Had an entourage of over 200 people of which most were on his monthly payroll of $500,000.

Was on the Forbes list as the 19th highest-paid-entertainer of the world when he made $33 million.

Friends with athlete/rapper Deion Sanders.

In 1991, Mattel released the MC Hammer Doll.

Friends with boxer Mike Tyson.

Friends with boxer Evander Holyfield.

In August 1997, approximately 1 year after his bankruptcy, he sold his famous 11,000 square foot mansion in the Fremont, California hills for $5.3 million dollars.

He has officiated at the celebrity weddings of actor Corey Feldman and Susie Sprague on 30 October 2002 and Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil and Lia Gerardini in January 2005.

Owns his own music label, Full Blast Digital Music Group.

Friends with golfer Tiger Woods.

Friends with entertainer Michael Jackson.

Friends with the entertainer James Brown.

Began his Rap career after getting financial support from the Oakland Athletics players.

Was Enlisted in the navy for 3 years before becoming a rapper.

He landed a job as a bat/ball boy for the Oakland Athletics baseball team, where he entertained fans by dancing during breaks in the game. He also served as A’s owner, Charley Finley’s “personal snitch”. His nickname among the players was “Pipeline”.

Used the moniker “Holy Ghost Boy” prior to being known as MC Hammer.

Was the first rapper to go diamond – selling more than ten million copies of just one album.

His 1990 hit single “Pray” set a new record for the number of times its title was repeated during the song, at well over 100.

Shortly before Tupac Shakur’s death, Hammer along with Tupac and Snoop Doggy Dogg held a press conference to talk about how they were gonna start trying to influence their fan base to become more politically involved.

Once got called to jury duty – ironically regarding a case about a man who attacked his family with a “hammer”.

In 1991, dropped the “MC” from his name. He released two albums (Too Legit to Quit in 1991 & The Funky Headhunter in 1994) under the name “Hammer”. In 1995 he released the album “Inside Out” under the name “MC Hammer,” re-adopting the Master of Ceremonies title.

Passionate about boxing. Frequently puts on the gloves to spar.

In 1990, Hip- hop magazine The Source refused to list his second Capitol album, ‘Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em,’ on its rap chart.

Once turned down an appearance on Sally Jessy Raphael’s talk show because he was offered only 30 minutes on the one-hour show.

He was given a Ferrari Testarossa by Capitol Records after he bet the label that Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990) would become the biggest-selling rap album ever.

In late 1980s, negotiated a $750,000 advance from the Capitol Records before signing to the label.

Donated a portion of the proceeds from his 2001 album “Active Duty” to 9/11 charities.

Had to film 2 versions of the music video for his hit single “Pumps and a Bump” in 1994. The first version was banned from MTV claiming it was too graphic for heavy rotation with Hammer in Speedos.

Won a Living Legends of Hip Hop award from Hip Hop International.

MC Hammer once challenged Michael Jackson to a dance-off.

Was inducted into the Soul Train Hall of Fame.

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