Hammer knew Michael Jackson was the king of pop at the time but he challenged and competed with him in his videos. He thought he was a better performer and saw himself as a James Brown protege anointed to take the gloves off Michael.
It would not be wrong to consider Hammer as the pioneer of pop rap. He is the first hip hop artist to achieve diamond status for an album. He sold more than 50 million records worldwide and was named No 7 best dancer of all time(his dancing skills are still taught today). Would you believe he once insured his legs for a substantial amount of money? He however, failed to adapt to the ever changing landscape of rap as he was seen as too commercial when rap was hardcore at that point. He could be heard cursing and calling out many rappers in his album. His album "Too legit to quit" bombed out and record ;labels began to lose interest as he became a "Sell out" - too public if you wanna know.
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Many do not know that Hammer grew up with his mum and 8 siblings in Oakland, where he would sell stray baseball and dance. He acquired the nickname MC from being Master of Ceremony while on the road.