Han’s Worst Hits of the 90’s- U Can’t Touch This- MC Hammer. What can I say about this garbage? The only reason it was a hit was because MC Hammer sampled Rick James great Super Freak opening . It laughingly won the Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance and was the first Rap song to be up for Record of the Year. MC Hammer was about as much Rap as Lawrence Welk was to Rock N Roll. This is rap for those too timid for the real thing. This was a song like yesterday’s Achy Breaky Heart that you simply couldn’t escape from for a few months- everywhere you went you heard it- or heard someone referencing it. I walked into school one day and the secretary was singing it [not any worse than MC did} The video for the song was also one that you only had to see once. I haven’t seen it in 25 years but I can still remember it. I wonder if Burrell still wears those pants? I can’t even recall any other lyrics in the song but “U can’t touch this”- followed by Rick James Super Freak music.
Stanley Burrell as a kid was a batboy and clubhouse assistant for the Oakland A’s. Reggie Jackson nicknamed his Hammer because he looked like the great Henry Aaron.
I was surprised to see that Stanley Burrell aka MC Hammer had 5 other Top 40 hits after U Can’t Tough This. I had always thought he had been a one hit wonder- I don’t think I heard any of his other hits. Not that I am kicking myself over that.