MC Hammer discography

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MC Hammer discography
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Studio albums 6
Compilation albums 5
Singles 46

MC Hammer or simply Hammer (born Stanley Kirk Burrell) is known for hit records including "U Can't Touch This", "Pray" and "2 Legit 2 Quit" as well as his flashy dance movements, choreography and Hammer pants. His superstar-status and entertaining showmanship made him a household name and hip hop icon.[1] Hammer has sold about 30 million albums in the US alone. He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide,[2] breaking down numerous doors for rap music and demonstrating that hip-hop had the potential for blockbuster success.[peacock term][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] A multi-award winner, M.C. Hammer is considered a "forefather/pioneer" and innovator[10] of pop rap (incorporating elements of freestyle music), and is the first hip hop artist to achieve diamond status for an album.[11][12][13]

Throughout his career, Hammer has managed his own recording business and created record labels such as Bust It Records, Oaktown Records and FullBlast. He has introduced, signed and produced new talent (his own acts collaborating with him and producing music of their own during his career)[14] including Oaktown's 3.5.7, Common Unity, DRS, the vocal quintet Special Generation, Analise,[15] James Greer, One Cause One Effect, DASIT (as seen on ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show),[16] Teabag, Dom Kimberley, Geeman,[17] Pleasure Ellis,[18] B Angie B, The Stooge Playaz, Ho Frat Hoo![19] and Wee Wee, among others. A part of additional record labels, he has associated/collaborated/recorded with VMF, Tupac Shakur, Teddy Riley, Felton Pilate, Tha Dogg Pound, Whole 9,[1] Deion Sanders, Big Daddy Kane, BeBe & CeCe Winans and Jon Gibson, as well as others. At about the age of 12, Oakland native Keyshia Cole recorded with Hammer and sought career advice from him.[20][21][22][23] In 1992, Doug E. Fresh was signed to M.C. Hammer's Bust It Records label.

Before Hammer's successful career (with his mainstream/commercial popularity lasting approximately between the mid-1980s until the late-1990s) and his "rags-to-riches-to-rags-and-back saga",[24] Burrell formed the Christian rap music group Holy Ghost Boys. Some songs produced were called "Word" and "B-Boy Chill".[25] "The Wall", featuring Burrell[26] (it was originally within the lyrics of this song he first identified himself as "K.B." and then eventually M.C. Hammer once it was produced),[27][28] was later released by Jon Gibson (aka "J.G.").[29] This was Contemporary Christian music's first rap hit ever (by anyone), in particular by a Caucasian (Gibson) and/or from a duo.[26][30] The track appeared on Gibson's album Change of Heart (1988),[31] and "Son of the King" showed up on Hammer's debut album Feel My Power (1987) as well as the re-released version Let's Get It Started (1988).[32][33] Burrell, along with Tramaine Hawkins, performed with Gibson's band doing several concerts in various venues such as the Beverly Theatre in Beverly Hills.[34]

In late 2012, Hammer appeared with Psy at the 40th American Music Awards and during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest performing a mashup of "Gangnam Style" and "2 Legit 2 Quit" together, which was released on iTunes.[35] Hammer released "Raider Nation (Oakland Raiders Anthem)" along with a video in late 2013 and "All In My Mind" (which samples "Summer Breeze" by The Isley Brothers) in early 2014 with his newly formed group called Oakland Fight Club featuring Mistah F.A.B.[36][37][38]


Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[39]
US
R&B

[39]
AUS
[40]
AUT
[41]
CAN
[42]
GER
[43]
NLD
[44]
NZ
[45]
SWI
[46]
UK
[47]
1988 Let's Get It Started 30 1 39 42 39 19 46
1990 Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em
  • Released: February 12, 1990
  • Label: EMI, Capitol
1 1 5 15 1 14 15 2 11 8
1991 Too Legit to Quit
  • Released: October 29, 1991
  • Label: EMI, Capitol
2 3 84 15 49 14 41
1994 The Funky Headhunter 12 2
1995 Inside Out
  • Released: December 8, 1995
  • Label: Giant, Columbia House, Warner Bros.
119 23
1998 Family Affair
  • Released: June 23, 1998
  • Label: EMI, Oaktown, Nujam

Note: While with Death Row Records, an unreleased album called Too Tight was produced in 1996. A digital release was produced between 2008-2009 called DanceJamtheMusic.

Independent albums[edit]

List of independent albums
Title Album details
1987 Feel My Power
  • Released: August 13, 1987
  • Label: Bustin' Track
2001 Active Duty
  • Released: November 20, 2001
  • Label: World Hit
2004 Full Blast
  • Released: January 31, 2004
  • Label: Full Blast Music Group
2006 Look Look Look
  • Released: July 4, 2006
  • Label: Full Blast Music Group
2009 DanceJamtheMusic
  • Released: January 1, 2009
  • Label: Full Blast Music Group

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album
1996 Greatest Hits
1998 Back 2 Back Hits
2000 The Hits
2008 Platinum MC Hammer
2014 Icon

Note: Back 2 Back Hits was originally released in 1998 for CEMA and was re-released in 2006 for Capitol Records.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B US Rap US Dan CAN
[55]
UK
[56]
AUS NZ NOR SWE NL AUT SWI
1988 "Let's Get It Started" Feel My Power
"Pump It Up" 46 5 40 Let's Get It Started
1989 "Turn This Mutha Out" 12 3 34 31
"They Put Me in the Mix" 40 5 40
"You've Got Me Dancing" (with Glen Goldsmith) From the Glen Goldsmith album Don't Turn This Groove Around
1990 "U Can't Touch This" 8 1 2 6 8 3 1 1 6 1 1 5 2 Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em
"Have You Seen Her" 4 4 9 8 42 4 18 2 20 12
"Pray" 2 4 7 3 14 8 7 2 5 18 3 13 10
"Here Comes the Hammer" 54 15 17 29 15 37 6 19
1991 "Yo!! Sweetness" 16
"(Hammer Hammer) They Put Me in the Mix" 40 20 Non-album single (remix)
"2 Legit 2 Quit" 5 3 4 18 37 60 43 4 39 Too Legit to Quit
"Addams Groove" 7 15 10 67 4 12 9 31 16 21
1992 "Do Not Pass Me By" (with Tramaine Hawkins) 62 15 14 42 28
"This Is the Way We Roll" 86 20
1994 "Pumps and a Bump" 26 21 3 34 41 The Funky Headhunter
"It's All Good" 46 14 3 52 17
"Don't Stop" 63 33 41 72
1995 "Straight to My Feet" (with Deion Sanders) 57 Street Fighter (soundtrack)
"Sultry Funk" 59 14 V Inside Out
"Keep On"
"Going Up Yonder" 38 11
1996 "Too Late Playa" (with Tupac Shakur, Big Daddy Kane, Nuttso & Danny Boy) Too Tight
1997 "He Brought Me Out" Family Affair
1998 "Unconditional Love"
2001 "No Stoppin' Us (USA)" Active Duty
"Pop Yo Collar"
2004 "Full Blast" Full Blast
2006 "Look 3x" Look Look Look
"So Long"
"Hyphy, Dumb, Buck, Krump"
"YAY"
"I Got It from the Town"
"What Happened to Our Hood?"
2007 "Bring Our Brothers Home" Non-album single
2008 "Getting Back to Hetton" DanceJamtheMusic
"I Got Gigs"
"I Go"
"Keep It in Vegas"
"Lookin' Out the Window"
"Dem Jeans"
"Stooge Karma Sutra"
"Tried to Luv U"
2010 "Better Run Run" Non-album singles
2011 "See Her Face"
2012 "Gangnam Style"/"2 Legit 2 Quit" (mashup) Non-album single (remix)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Note: Music videos were produced for "Let's Get It Started", "Pump It Up (Here's the News)", "Turn This Mutha Out", "(Hammer, Hammer) They Put Me in the Mix", "You've Got Me Dancing" (with Glen Goldsmith), "U Can't Touch This", "Have You Seen Her", "Pray" (including remixes), "Too Legit to Quit", "Addams Groove", "Do Not Pass Me By" (with Tramaine Hawkins), "This Is the Way We Roll", "Pumps and a Bump", "It's All Good", "Too Late Playa", "Sultry Funk", "Keep On", "Going Up Yonder", "No Stoppin' Us (USA)", "Pop Yo Collar" and "Full Blast".

Additional singles with or without music videos released (charting and non-charting) were:

Some singles have also appeared on other compilation albums, such as "Pump It Up (Here's the News)" and "U Can't Touch This". With exception to later remixes of early releases, Hammer produced and recorded many rap songs that were never made public, yet are now available on the Internet.[58]

Roll Wit It Entertainment[edit]

A sports fan, Hammer launched a new enterprise called Roll Wit It Entertainment & Sports Management between albums, Too Legit to Quit (1991) and The Funky Headhunter (1994). Clients included Evander Holyfield, Deion Sanders and Reggie Brooks.

During this time, in 1993, Hammer's production company released Gangsta Lean by DRS.[59][60] The hit rap song from this album, "Gangsta Lean", spent six weeks at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and peaked at No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[61] "Gangsta Lean" has sold over 2.5 million copies with over 12 million views on YouTube.

Accolades[edit]

M.C. Hammer's chronological summary of accolades/awards and recognitions/nominations are as follows:[62]

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