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MC Hammer

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MC Hammer (born Stanley Kirk Burrell on March 30, 1962) is an American MC who was most popular during the late and early as he released a string of hits, labeled by critics such as those at Allmusic as “one of the best-selling rappers of all time”. Known for his dramatic rise to and fall from fame and fortune (going from top 40 acclaim to bankruptcy) as well as his trademark ‘Hammer Pants’ and ‘Hammerman’ cartoon, he became a preacher in the mid-, and he now works as a television show host and CEO. He lives in Tracy, California, with his wife Stephanie and six children, three boys and three girls.

His debut album Feel My Power was produced between 1986 and 1987 to be released independently in 1987. It was produced by VEH (of Con Funk Shun), and sold over 60,000 copies. In the spring of 1988, a DJ played the track “Let’s Get it Started”—a song in which he declared he was “…second to none, from Doug E. Fresh, Cool LL, or DJ Run”—after which the track began to gain popularity in clubs. Hammer received several offers from major record labels after the successful release of the independent album.

Hammer initially refused to sign a contract with Capitol Records, but after a substantial signing bonus was added to his contract, he did. His debut album was then re-released as Let’s Get It Started. A new video was shot for “Let’s Get it Started,” and another video was produced in fall of 1988 called “Pump It Up” (a new track added to Let’s Get It Started).

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