Currently alive, at 56 years of age.
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1962 – MC Hammer was born in Oakland, California on March 30th. MC Hammer (later Hammer), real name Stanley Kirk Burrell, was an early mainstream rapper, known for his baggy ‘genie’ pants and catchy hooks on songs like "U Can’t Touch This".
1987 – His debut album was ”Feel My Power”, record producer|produced by Felton Pilate (of Con Funk Shun). The album sold over 60,000 copies, which led to several offers from major labels.
1990 – His second album, ”Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em” included the highly successful single "U Can’t Touch This", which sampled "Superfreak" (Rick James), "Have You Seen Her" (cover of the Chi-Lites) and "Pray" (sampled from Prince’s "When Doves Cry").
– Hammer toured extensively in Europe which included a sell out concert at NEC Birmingham.
– He was even given his own Saturday morning cartoon on the ABC network.
1991 – After dropping the "MC" from his stage name, Burrell released ”Too Legit to Quit”.
1995 – To adapt to the changing landscape of hip-hop, his next album was a more aggressive gangsta rap-style record titled, ”The Funky Headhunter”. Sales dropped from his previous albums and ”Inside Out”, Giant Records dropped Burrell from their roster of artists.
1996 – Hammer next signed with Death Row Records, then home to Gangsta Rap stars Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. After the death of Shakur, Burrell left the record company.
– Burrell signed with EMI Records, which saw the release of a compilation of Hammer’s chart topping songs. The album, "Greatest Hits", featured 12 MC Hammer hits.
1997 – MC Hammer was the subject of an episode of the ”"Oprah Winfrey Show"” and the VH1 series ”Behind the Music”. In these appearances, Burrell admitted that he was broke after squandering more than $20 million.
– Hammer also filed for bankruptcy, having spent the millions in income from the last few years to keep his employees paid and live a life of luxury.
2001 – In the wake of 9/11, a new album, ”Active Duty”. The album was Burrell’s first new mainstream release in six years.
2003 – He was a judge on ABC Family’s ”Dance Fever”, and he starred in ”The Surreal Life”.
2004 – Burrell was to release the album "Full Blast" on his own WorldHit Music Group label. WorldHit Music Group is a part of Hammer’s "Hammertime Holdings" company.
2005 – Started off well for Hammer. He did a Spike Lee directed commercial for Lays Chips during the Super Bowl.
– Hammer appeared at the Grammy Awards as well, though only as an audience member.