Who is MC Hammer and how much his net worth? MC Hammer is a hip hop recording artist who became popular in the late 1980s. He is also a dancer and a record producer. He is known for his flashy dance moves and his ‘hammer pants’. Hammer has been regarded as the 7th Best Dancer of All time by ‘BET’. He has won numerous awards in his career and is the first hip hop artist to get a diamond status for the sales of his album. He is known for his hits like “2 Legit 2 Quit” and “U Can’t Touch This”. He has his own recording business and has performed on various record labels.
Stanley Kirk Burrell better known as MC Hammer was born on March 30, 1962. He was born in Oakland, California. He had eight other siblings and grew up with his mother. His father, Lewis Burrell was a casino manager and a professional poker player. He faced many hardships as a child and also used to sell stray baseballs. He also used to dance and was hired as an assistant in a clubhouse.
He also becomes a batboy for the same club and was with the team from 1973 to 1980. His brother Louis Burrell Jr. was also a bat boy and used to do “play-by-plays”. He was given the nickname MC as “Master of Ceremonies” for performing at various clubs. He graduated from a high school in Oakland and went for classes in communication. Hammer then joined Navy and served for three years in Mountain View, CA.
MC Hammer married with Stephanie in December 1985. They have five children together, namely Sammy, Bobby, Sarah, Jeremiah, and A’keiba. He was once encouraged to marry Whitney Houston in 1991. They currently reside in Tracy, California.
Burrell was a member of the Christian rap music group called Holy Ghost Boys. In 1987, he released his debut album ‘Feel My Power’ and sold over 60,000 units. He then signed a record deal with Capitol Records. He then released a revised version of his album ‘Feel My Power’ which sold over 2 million albums. There were many popular singles on the album and it became his first multi-platinum album. His album ‘Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em’ was released in February 1990. It included many successful singles like “U Can’t Touch This” which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The album sold over 18 million units and became a first diamond certified hip hop album. In 1991, ‘Too Legit to Quit’ was released, this was followed by ‘The Funky Headhunter’, and ‘Prime Time’ in 1994. Again in 1995, he released ‘V Inside Out’ and a compilation album ‘The Hits’ was released in 2000. His eighth album ‘Active Duty’ was released in 2001 and it was to pay homage to the 9/11 victims. MC Hammer has also provided music for many films and television series.
MC Hammer has won three Grammy Awards and is also the recipient of eight American Music Awards. He has also conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the George and Ira Gershwin Award. Hammer has also won the NAACP Image Awards, Billboard Diamond Award and People’s Choice Award.
MC Hammer Net Worth
MC Hammer had a very successful music career. He has also appeared in various television commercials. In 1990, he has also produced his own movie Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em: The Movie. He has provided music for many movies and TV shows like Dancing with the Stars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Hot Shots!, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Into the Wild.
He has also worked as an entertainer, dancer, and choreographer. MC Hammer’s net worth is an estimated $2 million. Although he had earned much in his career, the singer was surrounded with bankruptcy charge and lawsuits. He was signed to deal worth $138 million for the commercials of British Knights. In 2006, Evergreen/BMG bought his music catalog for $3 million.
MC Hammer has influenced many in the music industry. Some of them are Prince, Rick James, James Brown, Kurtis Blow and many others. He is the first rapper who continues to entertain with his legacy. He has also established his own foundation called ‘Help The Children’.