During the late 80s and early 90s, MC Hammer was one of hip-hop’s most polarizing figures. While some hated on him for the harem pants and the excessive dancing, pop radio ate it up. Despite complaints, Hammer was the first rapper to go diamond. (Ten million albums sold.) After suffering a huge fall from grace, Stanley Burrell has lived his life as an open book. Hammer has done so in hopes others will learn from his mistakes. Despite that, The Urban Daily dug up a few more interesting details you might have been aware of.
1. He was Doug E. Fresh’s boss.
In 1992, Hammer owned and operated Bust It Records. He signed Doug E. Fresh that same year. The product of their collaboration was Doug E.’s album, Doin’ What I Gotta Do. One of the singles, “Bustin’ Out (On Funk),” received minor recognition. Most of the song’s praise went to the Rick James sample of “Bustin’ Out.” Despite some radio play, the album is widely considered a flop.
2. Hammer was into technology before it was popular.
As most of us know now, MC Hammer is a technology junkie. Since the early 90s, he has had a hand in cultivating the internet for business purposes. On top of being a rapper/actor, Hammer runs an internet consulting firm. Businesses hire him to come up with ideas to increase their internet presence. Tech magazines consider Hammer to be a web mogul. His newest venture is the site DanceJam.com which is dedicated to dance competition videos, techniques, and styles. Hammer and his partners rate and critique the videos for the users.
3. Served in the Navy.
Burrell has stated in plenty of interviews how he desired to become a professional baseball player. What he never told the public was getting cut from a pro team was a pivotal moment in his life. After not making a professional baseball team, Hammer thought about selling drugs to make money. However, he chose to go to the Navy. He made the rank of Petty Officer Third Class before he was honorably discharged three years later.
4. Hammer feels Diddy is doing what he was criticized for to more favorable results.
At the height of Hammer’s career, rappers and fans blasted the man for his theatrical live shows and blatant sampling of old soul and funk jams. Does any of that sound familiar? It should. Those were the things Diddy used to become a successful artist/producer. Diddy suggested lifting portions of Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit” for Biggie’s hit “Juicy.” Also, Diddy jacked the idea of using a choir for a live hip-hop show from Hammer. Hammer was quoted, “When I look at Puffy with a choir, I say, ‘Sure, that’s a take off of what I do.’”
5. Officiated the wedding of Corey Feldman.
In the 80s, Corey Feldman was the bad boy in the duo of The Two Coreys. Hammer met Feldman on the set of VH1′s The Surreal Life. When Corey proposed to his girlfriend Hammer was asked to officiate the ceremony because he is an ordained minister. Feldman married Susie Sprauge on national television and seven years later became part of the fifty percent of couples who get divorced.