*One of the premier music stars of the 1990s was MC Hammer.

From his “Hammertime Dance,” shiny outfits and endless commercials, Hammer was the man. But as all good things do, they come to an end; and the buzz surrounding the musician died down soon.

What made things even worse is that his finances disappeared after he made approximately $30 million in his career.


But aside from people remembering that, they don’t know much more about Hammer.

Here are 5 things you didn’t know about him compiled by our partner site The Urban Daily.

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.

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