MC Hammer speaks on stage at the ADCOLOR Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills
*MC Hammer has signed up to host a new UK television show about the world’s most untalented acts.
The old-school rapper is currently filming the as-yet-untitled anti-talent series, which will feature clips of horrible singers, dancers and actors.
A source tells Britain’s The Sun, “Yes, it’s Hammertime all over again. This show is right up his street. It has been filmed in L.A. but he is featuring contributions from people all over the world. He’ll be looking at bad acting, tone-deaf singers and people who really should steer clear of the dance floor.”
*MC Hammer is striking back at a cop who arrested him Thursday evening at a Northern California mall for allegedly obstructing justice.
On Saturday, Hammer launched a series of tweets that tell his side of the story. The 80s & 90s rapper/dancer said that the arresting officer asked whether he was on parole or probation before he tried to pull him out of his vehicle.
Dublin, California police claim Hammer was in a vehicle – at the Hacienda Crossings shopping center – with expired registration and he was not the registered owner.
“After asking Hammer who the registered owner was he became very argumentative and refused to answer the officer’s questions,” police spokesman Herb Walters said in an e-mail to CNN.
Hammer, whose real name is Stanley Kirk Burrell, was arrested on suspicion of resisting an officer and obstructing an officer in the performance of his duties, according to Walters.
Hammer began his tweets Saturday with “chubby elvis looking dude was tapping on my car window, I rolled down the window and he said ‘Are you on parole or probation?’”
“While I was handing him my ID he reached in my car and tried to pull me out the car but forgot he was on a steady donut diet,” Hammer continued. “It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his whistle and yelled for help (MallCop) !!! But make no mistake he’s dangerous.”
Hammer, 50, was booked and released on bail from Santa Rita Jail and is due in court next month. Meanwhile, police have until that time to decide on any charges.
In another tweet, Hammer brought the funny, saying: “only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge.”
“I will now answer his question, contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy!!!,” Hammer also added.
*MC Hammer’s high-energy performance with Psy during this year’s American Music Awards, where they mashed the Korean singer’s worldwide dance hit “Gangnam Style” with the rapper’s “2 Legit 2 Quit,” may have given the world a glimpse at what’s to come in the near future, reports Billboard.
“Well, we absolutely love working together,” Hammer told Billboard shortly after the performance. “He’s a very humble man and a hard worker and I love working with him. We are cooking in the kitchen right now.”
The man behind hits like “U Can’t Touch This” and “Pray” added reassuringly, “We’ll try to make it a surprise for you.”
For PSY, who in a week’s time will possess the most viewed YouTube video of all time, the AMAs collaboration with Hammer came about after he requested, and was granted, the closing slot during the ABC telecast. The idea itself was born out of a conversation with his manager.
“When I requested to close the show, me and my manager Scooter Braun talked a lot about… [it needed] to be special, to be big, to be massive, to be you know, something,” he told us. “So we had a conversation on the phone — I was in Korea — and all of a sudden Scooter says ‘How about MC Hammer?’”
The K-Pop star describes ten seconds of dead air after Braun said that. “And at the eleventh second we said the same thing at the same time, which was ‘WTF.’”
The result will likely go down as the highlight of the entire show on Sunday. Midway through his performance of “Gangnam,” PSY introduced Hammer who sang a few bars of “2 Legit” and danced like someone 20 years his junior (he turned 50 this year).
Rapper/singer Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles
*Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Linkin Park were among the winners at the 40th annual American Music Awards on Sunday, broadcast live on ABC from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre.
The show, which also featured such presenters and performers as No Doubt, Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha, and Carrie Underwood, also included a tribute to the late Dick Clark from Stevie Wonder.
The show reserved much of its broadcast for nostalgic moments, including clips of Michael and Janet Jackson, NSYNC, Whitney Houston and Will Smith performing as the Fresh Prince. But for the first AMAs broadcast since Dick Clark’s death, Ryan Seacrest and Stevie Wonder delivered a heartfelt tribute.
In his opening remarks to the audience, Wonder said “I remember his love.” He and Clark had been friends for 49 years. Watch below.
Minaj, who won Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” took to the stage to perform “Freedom,” as well as a duet with Bieber. Watch both performances below.
Psy was joined by MC Hammer for a mashup performance of “Gangnam Style” and some of Hammer’s hits. Watch below.
Usher, who took home the award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, opened the show with a mash-up of his hits “Numb,” “Climax,” and “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.”
For the first time in AMAs history, 2012 marked the introduction of a new EDM (electronic dance music) category. David Guetta beat out Calvin Harris and Skrillex to bring home the prize.
Below, find a complete list of winners.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
CARLY RAE JEPSEN
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
JUSTIN BIEBER, “Believe”
Maroon 5, “Overexposed”
Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”
One Direction, “Up All Night”
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
FAVORITE BAND, DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY
Zac Brown Band
FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Luke Bryan, “Tailgates & Tanlines”
Lionel Richie, “Tuskegee”
CARRIE UNDERWOOD, “BLOWN AWAY”
FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
J. Cole, “Cole World: The Sideline Story”
Drake, “Take Care”
NICKI MINAJ, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Mary J. Blige
FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown, “Fortune”
RIHANNA, “TALK THAT TALK”
Usher, “Looking 4 Myself”
FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
The Black Keys
FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN
FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
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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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ”Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali
March 30: Rapper MC Hammer is 49. Singer Tracy Chapman is 48. Singer Norah Jones is 33.
Mar. 30, 1941: National Urban League presented one-hour program over a national radio network and urged equal participation for blacks in national defense program. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)