Active Duty is the eighth release by MC Hammer (on November 20, 2001). Overall, it marks his seventh studio album and ninth record, including the unreleased Too Tight (1996).
Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Hammer released this album on his own WorldHit Music Group label (the music enterprise under his Hammertime Holdings Inc. umbrella) to pay homage to the ones lost in the terrorist attacks., in which the album followed that theme. One of the album's singles, "Pop Your Collar", became a popular "buzzword/catchphrase" during this period.
The album, like its predecessor, would not sell as many copies as previous projects. Hammer did however promote it on such shows as The View and produced a music video for both singles.
A patriotic album, originally planned to be titled The Autobiography Of M.C. Hammer, portions of the proceeds were donated to 9/11 charities. Hammer shot a video for the anthem "No Stoppin' Us (USA)" in Washington, D.C., with several members of the United States Congress, who sang in the song and danced in the video. Present members of the United States House of Representatives included J.C. Watts, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Thomas M. Davis, Earl Hilliard, Alcee Hastings, Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.), Rep. Corinne Brown (D-Fla.) and Jesse Jackson Jr..
The "Pop Yo Collar" music video (in the year 2000) demonstrated "The Phat Daddy Pop", "In Pop Nito", "River Pop", "Deliver The Pop" and "Pop'n It Up" dance moves, among others.
- "No Stoppin' Us (USA)"
- "Pick It Up" (featuring The Stooge Playas)
- "Our Style" (featuring The Stooge Playas)
- "Pop Yo Collar" (featuring Wee Wee)
- "A Soldier's Letter" (featuring James Greer and Keith Martin)
- "What Happened To Our Hood" (featuring James Greer)
- "It's All Love" (featuring James Greer and The Stooge Playas)
- "Bump This" (featuring The Stooge Playas)
- "Not Like This"
- "Spittin' Fire"
- "Don't Be Discouraged" (introducing Pleasure)
- "I Don't Care" (introducing Analise)
- "Who's Holdin' It"
- "Cali" (featuring The Stooge Playas)
- "Night Show" (introducing James Greer)
- "Where Will I Go" (featuring Chuck Get Down)
- "Bay Livin'" (featuring Chuck Get Down and Conte)
- "Broken Vessel ("Common Unity")" (featuring April and Toya Smith)
- "Why Do You Wanna Take Mine" (featuring The Stooge Playas, XLarge and Chuck Get Down)