Oakland Rising Honors Stanley "MC Hammer" Burrell

M.C. Hammer is considered a "forefather" and innovator of pop rap, and is the first hip-hop artist to achieve diamond status for an album. BET ranked Hammer as the #7 "Best Dancer Of All Time”. Vibe's "The Best Rapper Ever Tournament" declared him the 17th favorite of all-time during the first round. Hammer is also known for his hit records, including "U Can't Touch This", flamboyant dance movements and trademark Hammer pants. He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

Stanley Kirk Burrell “MC Hammer” was born in Oakland, California. He grew up poor with his mother, and eight siblings in a small apartment in East Oakland. The young Burrell sold stray baseballs and danced with a beat box at the Oakland Coliseum parking lot to earn money for games sometimes. Oakland A's team owner Charles O. Finley saw the 11-year-old “MC Hammer” doing splits and hired him as a clubhouse assistant and batboy as a result of his energy and flair.

To learn more about "MC Hammer" visit the following website:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MC_Hammer

 

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