2 Legit 2 Quit

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This article is about the song. For the album, see Too Legit to Quit.
"2 Legit 2 Quit"
Single by Hammer Featuring Saja aka Sonia Moore
from the album Too Legit to Quit
Released November 5, 1991
Format CD single
Recorded 1991
Genre Hip hop
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Hammer, James Earley, Michael Kelly, Louis K. Burrell, Felton Pilate
Producer(s) Hammer
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Hammer Featuring Saja aka Sonia Moore singles chronology
"(Hammer Hammer) They Put Me in the Mix"
(1991)
"2 Legit 2 Quit"
(1991)
"Addams Groove"
(1991)

"2 Legit 2 Quit" is a song by rap artist Hammer, released in 1991 as both the title track and first single of his third studio album, Too Legit to Quit. It proved to be successful in the U.S., peaking at the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, at #5. The single also peaked at #60 on the UK Singles Chart. Hit songs "This is the Way We Roll" and "2 Legit 2 Quit" were performed by Hammer on Saturday Night Live. Along with "Addams Groove", and other songs, "2 Legit 2 Quit" was featured in the film The Addams Family in 1991.

In March 2003, Hammer released a version of the song featuring Saja.[1]

On October 2 (televised October 12), Hammer opened the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards performing "2 Legit 2 Quit" in Atlanta along with Rick Ross, Diddy and DJ Khaled (performing "MC Hammer" from the Teflon Don album).[2][3][4]

At the 40th American Music Awards in November 2012, Hammer danced to "Gangnam Style" and "2 Legit 2 Quit" alongside Psy, both wearing his signature Hammer pants.[5][6] The performance idea for the collaboration with Hammer came from Psy's manager.[7] The mashup was later released on iTunes.[8] They both performed it together again on December 31, 2012 during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Rupert Wainwright,[9] and at almost 15 minutes in length, was one of the most expensive videos ever produced.[10]

The uncut version of the video begins with a newscaster (played by Jim Belushi) reporting on Hammer's apparent decision to quit the music business, as well as responses from a number of celebrities. It then cuts to an impatient crowd waiting for Hammer to perform, while Hammer has a lengthy conversation with James Brown, who calls Hammer "Godson" and enlists him to get the glove of Michael Jackson. Brown endows Hammer with several blasts of energy, before sending Hammer off to perform. The performance is high budget and laden with impressive pyrotechnics. The video ends with a purported Jackson (seen only from behind) having seen the performance and conceding Hammer to be the superior dancer, while doing the "2 Legit 2 Quit" hand gesture. Hammer personally spoke with Jackson on the phone about the video, with Jackson giving his approval of it.[11]

The song's music video features several athletes making cameo appearances. These athletes can be seen in the following order: José Canseco, Isiah Thomas, Kirby Puckett, Jerry Rice, Rickey Henderson, Deion Sanders, Andre Rison, Wayne Gretzky, Chris Mullin, Roger Clemens, Roger Craig, Ronnie Lott, Lynette Woodard, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, David Robinson, and former Atlanta Falcons coach Jerry Glanville. The full-length version of the video also featured cameos from Danny Glover, Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, Eazy-E, Tony Danza, Queen Latifah and Milli Vanilli among others commenting on Hammer's apparent decision to "quit".[10]

The video was number 5 in MAX music's World's Worst Ever Video countdown, and number 1 in its Forgotten Video Clips countdown in 2008. It was also voted number 24 on MTV's all-time "25 Lame" countdown in 1999. However, it has been selected as a viewer's favorite by VH1.[12][13]

A hand gesture became popular as a result of the title song and video which was also shown in the "Addams Groove" movie video and on MTV. It involved forming the number two for "Too", an L for "Legit", and a "cut" motion for "Quit" with the hand and fingers (as seen in the video).[14]

Dance challenge[edit]

At the end of the "2 Legit 2 Quit" music video, after James Brown enlists Hammer to obtain the glove of Michael Jackson, a silver-white sequined glove is shown on the hand of a Jackson look-a-like doing the "2 Legit 2 Quit" hand gesture. It was a reference to Hammer wanting to challenge Jackson to a dance-off for rights to the famous glove, which is also referenced on the album.[15]

M.C. Hammer appeared on The Wendy Williams Show (July 27, 2009) and went on to tell a story about a phone call he received from Michael Jackson, regarding the portion of the "2 Legit 2 Quit" video that included a fake Jackson, giving his approval and inclusion of it. He explained how Jackson had seen the video and liked it, and both expressed they were a fan of each other.[16] Hammer and Jackson would later appear, speak and perform at the funeral service for James Brown in 2006.[17][18][19]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "2 Legit 2 Quit" (7" edit remix)
  2. "2 Legit 2 Quit" (Remix)
  3. "2 Legit 2 Quit" (Instrumental)

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Position
Australia (ARIA)[20] 43
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[21] 37
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[22] 18
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[23] 39
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[24] 4
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Billboard Hot Rap Singles 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1

Year-end chart[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[25] 46

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2 Legit 2 Quit (feat. Saja): Hammer: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  2. ^ "Rick Ross, Diddy and MC Hammer Kick Off 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards". The Boombox. 2010-10-03. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  3. ^ Racha, Ronda (2010-10-12). "2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards: What you won't see on TV | Atlanta Music Blog | Atlanta Concerts & Shows | Crib Notes | Creative Loafing Atlanta". Clatl.com. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  4. ^ "MC Hammer Joins Rick Ross On Stage At BET Hip Hop Awards - Hip-Hop Media Training". New.music.yahoo.com. 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  5. ^ "PSY & MC Hammer AMA 2012 — Gangnam Style & Too Legit To Quit". Hollywoodlife.com. 2012-11-18. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  6. ^ Brooks, Katherine (2012-11-19). "MC Hammer Goes 'Gangnam'". Huffington Post. 
  7. ^ "PSY & MC Hammer Explain How AMAs Dance Mash-Up Came To Be". Tv.yahoo.com. 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  8. ^ Erickson, Christine (2012-11-19). "MC Hammer and Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Duet Is 2 Legit [VIDEO]". News.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  9. ^ "Hammer - "Too legit to quit"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  10. ^ a b "15 Minutes Of Shame: MC Hammer's '2 Legit 2 Quit'". Digg. 2015-06-02. Retrieved 2015-06-28. 
  11. ^ "MC Hammer on Wendy Williams". YouTube.com. 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ "Hammer Bio | Hammer Career | MTV". Vh1.com. 1962-03-30. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  14. ^ Maldre, Matt. "The "Two Legit to Quit" Challenge". Spudart.org. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  15. ^ St. Petersburg Times, Tues, July 23, 1991, pp.4A
  16. ^ "Video | The Wendy Williams Show". Wendyshow.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  17. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2006-12-30). "James Brown Saluted By Michael Jackson At Public Funeral Service - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News". Mtv.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  18. ^ "MC Hammer Interview w/ Wendy Williams Show". Global Grind. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  19. ^ "MC Hammer on Wendy Williams:Video". Global Grind. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  20. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Hammer – 2 Legit 2 Quit". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  21. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  22. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  23. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Hammer – 2 Legit 2 Quit" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  24. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Hammer – 2 Legit 2 Quit". Top 40 Singles.
  25. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30.