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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 30 March 1962Oakland, California, USA
Birth NameStanley Kirk Burrell
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

M.C. Hammer was born on March 30, 1962 in Oakland, California, USA as Stanley Kirk Burrell. He has been married to Stephanie Fuller since December 21, 1985. They have five children.

Spouse (1)

Stephanie Fuller (21 December 1985 - present) (5 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Parachute "Hammer" Pants
Frequently wears sunglasses Even at night and indoors
Electric and intense performance style

Trivia (54)

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.
Released Album Look Look Look. [July 2006]
Won a Living Legends of Hip Hop Award from Hip Hop International in Las Vegas. [August 2008]
Is an ordained minister
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Internet Startup DanceJam.com [January 2008]

Personal Quotes (15)

What I'll say about Suge is this. Everybody who grew up in a neighborhood had an individual that was like the big man of the neighborhoods. While many in another neighborhood would fear him.. He would be your partner. So while over around the lake they were sacred to death of him. But you came onto high street, he's buying everybody ice cream. That's Suge Knight. Suge knight had a lot of people fear him and I'm not gonna sugar coat him and say he didn't have his altercations and handle his business and what not. That was Suge as well, but with MC Hammer, we were friends. We were even closer than friends.
When somebody not of African American decent on a large level file a chapter 11, they say are you broke? I've never heard anyone say Donald Trump are you broke? They say, oh Donald Trump filed bankruptcy and you take it with a grain of salt. Why? Cause you know that he's gonna continue to handle his business and he's gonna make money.
I'm in great physical condition, my mind is focused, I'm blessed. Money has never been an issue with me. I will make and continue to make plenty of money.
I'm comfortable with where I am today. I think I'm better because of the life that I have lived.
When I look at Puffy (Sean "Puff Daddy/Diddy" Combs) with a choir, I say, 'Sure that's a take-off of what I do'.
I always believe that the sky is the beginning of the limit.
The word of God will make you sober real quick.
I don't have to sell it (his mansion), but it's the best thing to do. - 1997 SF Chronicle
I had a business where I did the untraditional thing. I reinvested in my community . . . more than any artist in the history of this business. I had 200 minorities on my payroll; $500,000 a month. I didn't talk black. I did black.
I dress a certain way, and then people say, 'Oh, Hammer's a gangster.' I've never seen anyone gain gangster status from their clothes. Only in the suburban culture can you gain gangster status from what you wear.
Some people call God, some people call Allah, I want to see the fruit of the love, I want to see the love, the love to help the brothers who may not be as fortunate as us.
I really had genuinely brotherly love for Pac (Tupac Shakur). When I became a part of the Death Row family, he immediately ran into the studio and woke up the next morning. I had told him about a sang I wanted to do. It was off the Ohio players skin tight I wanted to called it too tight. Before I could get to the studio Tupac had gotten up early that morning went to the studio, called in the background singers, laid down the background, wrote a rap he wanted me to rap and it was done. He immediately embraced his partner from the town.
In the end, it's only us. All of us. We have to help each other, we can stop the violence. It's going to be one step a time. But I seek all of your love and all of your prayers. And I'm asking blessings for everybody.
January 20, 2009 on being present at Barack Obama's Inaguration in Washington DC - It's not a moment for any individual group, but an American moment. And it can only happen with the participation of many ethnicities throughout America saying this is what we want. I understood the progress that has been made as a people. It brought tears to my face.
One of the strangest things in the rap language is the word or the phrase "sellout." What is really means is why didn't it happen to me? If your record crosses over to pop, and you get white listeners, Latin listeners, and listeners who are not black - you are called a "sellout." If *that* is a "sellout" then here I am. I'm a "sellout" because I want my music to be accepted by *all* people.

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