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    • MC Hammer - BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 21:  MC Hammer speaks on stage at the ADCOLOR Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
    • MC Hammer - NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22:  MC Hammer (C) attend 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.
    • MC Hammer - SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 27: In this handout photo provided by Free The Children, MC Hammer and Kid President surprise the audience of 15,000 with the Harlem Shake on stage at the Key Arena on March 28, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.
    • MC Hammer - SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 27:  Grammy Award winner MC Hammer takes the stage to inspire and ignite the passion to change the world with a of 15,000 youth at the first ever We Day in the U.S. on March 27, 2013 at KeyArena at Seattle Center.
    • MC Hammer - HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  MC Hammer arrives at will. i.am's Annual TRANS4M Concert Benefitting I.Am.Angel Foundation on February 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California.
    • MC Hammer - NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31:  (L-R) Media personality Ryan Seacrest, rapper MC Hammer (L), and Korean rapper PSY perform during New Year's Eve 2013 In Times Square at Times Square on December 31, 2012 in New York City.
    • MC Hammer - NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31:  Rapper MC Hammer (L), and Korean Rapper PSY perform during New Year's Eve 2013 In Times Square at Times Square on December 31, 2012 in New York City.
    • MC Hammer - LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18:  (L-R) MC Hammer and singer PSY perform onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
    • MC Hammer - OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 11:  Rapper MC Hammer reacts after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the Oakland Athletics take on the Detroit Tigers in Game Five of the American League Division Series at O.co Coliseum on October 11, 2012 in Oakland, California.
    • MC Hammer - NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 09:  Sally Williams of the Ryman Auditorium and MC Hammer pose backstage during the IEBA and CMA Present Hall of Fame and SRO Awards Dinner at IEBA Conference Day 3 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown on October 9, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • MC Hammer - NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 09: Neal McCoy, Melinda Doolittle and MC Hammer pose backstage during the IEBA and CMA Present Hall of Fame and SRO Awards Dinner at IEBA Conference Day 3 at the War Memorial Auditorium on October 9, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • MC Hammer - NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 09:  Host MC Hammer speaks on stage during the IEBA and CMA Present Hall of Fame and SRO Awards Dinner at IEBA Conference Day 3 at the War Memorial Auditorium on October 9, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • MC Hammer - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Musician MC Hammer performs during the Dreamforce 2012 conference at the Moscone Center on September 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California. A reported 90,000 people registered to attend the cloud computing industry conference Dreamforce 2012 that runs through September 21.
    • MC Hammer - LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 26: Former National Football League player Herschel Walker and Rapper MC Hammer at the UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Arena on May 26, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • MC Hammer - LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 04:  MC Hammer observes the action during the UFC 143 event at Mandalay Bay Events Center on February 4, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • MC Hammer - NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29:  MC Hammer performs during the Back to the Eighties Show with Rubix Kube at the Canal Room on October 29, 2011 in New York City.
    • MC Hammer - OAKLAND, CA - JULY 17: American rapper, entertainer MC Hammer signs a replica bobblehead doll of himself for a fan before a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Oakland Athletics at the O.co Coliseum July 17, 2011 in Oakland, California. In honor of MC Hammer (Stanley Burrell) the doll was given to the first 15,000 fan entering the park as part of the Athletics 80's day promotion.
    There had been hit rap singles and albums before him, but MC Hammer was the man who truly brought rap music to a mass pop audience. Armed with a flamboyant wardrobe (particularly his trademark baggy parachute pants) and a raft of sampled hooks lifted straight from their sources, Hammer's talents as a dancer and showman far exceeded his technique as an MC. Still, he had an ear for catchy source ...more


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