Pumps and a Bump

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"Pumps and a Bump"
Hammer - Pumps And A Bump.jpg
Single cover
Single by Hammer
from the album The Funky Headhunter
ReleasedFebruary 28, 1994; 25 years ago (1994-02-28)
Producer(s)Hammer, Gerald Baillergeau[1]
Hammer singles chronology
"This Is The Way We Roll"
"Pumps and a Bump"
"It's All Good"

"Pumps and a Bump" is a song by Hammer from his 1994 album The Funky Headhunter.[2] The single peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart and No. 26 on the Hot 100, making it the final Top 40 hit of Hammer's career.

Release and reception[edit]

"Pumps and a Bump" was the first single off The Funky Headhunter, which represented a departure from Hammer's previous pop image.[3] The track contains a sample of George Clinton's 1982 single "Atomic Dog".[1]

The original music video featured Hammer wearing nothing but a Speedo and dancing suggestively alongside numerous swimsuit-clad women, which resulted in it being banned from MTV as it was considered too graphic.[4] An alternative video was filmed with Hammer fully clothed[5] and featuring an appearance by Deion Sanders, while promoted as representing a remix of the song.[6]

Pop culture impact[edit]

Hammer appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show in response to the controversial music video in the mid-1990s.[citation needed]

In 2010, American Idol contestant Larry Platt performed his own song titled "Pants on the Ground", which Entertainment Weekly claimed sounded similar to "Pumps and a Bump".[7] Spin magazine described the banned music video as "'Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show' cranked to 11".[3]

The 2017, Fifth Harmony song "He Like That" contains a portion of the song in its chorus.

Chart positions[edit]

Charts Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 26

Additional chart positions: US R&B No. 21 / US Rap No. 3 / US Dance No. 34


  1. ^ a b ""Pumps and a Bump"". Discogs.
  2. ^ "The Funky Headhunter - MC Hammer". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  3. ^ a b Staff (August 15, 2013). "A DECADE IN RAP CENSORSHIP (1990-1999)". Spin. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Sanchez, Karissa (June 27, 2013). "25. Hammer's animal skin Speedo - The Worst Hip-Hop Fashion Fails of All Time". Complex. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Holmes, Dave (June 12, 2014). "Dave Holmes Hits the Summer Songs of 1994". Vulture. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Billboard (April 16, 1994), p. 48.
  7. ^ Slezak, Michael (January 14, 2010). "'American Idol' recap: Devil Went Down to Georgia". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 31, 2010.

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