Friday, February 24, 2006

Maturation of Hip Hop, Chapter 1

My professional Hip Hop journey began in 1986. This was the height of the crack era when every inner city (hood) in America was on fire with the game and death and prosperity were close first cousins. Hip Hop was the soundtrack that played as the game rolled along. In the town (Oakland) it was if the hood had struck oil. New cars, fancy clothes, fresh drippin' jeri curls and all the sex you wanted was a twenty four hour reality. Money came in stacks and any problems were dealt with quickly and with finality. We took our cues from Tony Montana (Scarface) and the mob, if you crossed the homies you paid with your life.

Rap music spoke to all facets of this life. The fast tempo party music (MC Hammer), the player pimp style of Too Short and the political awareness and pride and consciousness of Chuck D and Public Enemy. There were very few magazines that could cover, report or depict the world that was emerging and unfolding right before the world's bloodshot eyes. The square journalist would build up any artist who brought his homies and a gun to an interview as a certified gangsta. No kills and no moving weight necessary. They (journalists) were just glad to not get beat down and smashed on.

The unhealthy fear of these square journalists would later lead to the deaths of two of rap's greatest artists as they would be the victims of a war of two coasts that only existed in the stories of these cowardly exploitive scribes. There was only a beef among a small group of men. Last time I checked the East Coast was made up of at least thirteen colonies and the West Coast stretched along the beaches of the Pacific Ocean from Washington to Mexico. Until this day these cowardly scribes have never come clean and accepted their collective responsibilities. They still glorify any artist who says, "I was shot" or, "I just got out." Keep in mind that in the streets the one who did the shooting was the gansta. Only in the world of the diconnected and fearful could the victims become the heroes. They write from the standpoint of survival in their minds. They are not alone as their stories are repeated, hyped and sensationalized by radio squares who couldn't point their way to the hood but sound on the air like some of the downest cats ever. Now this acting and attitude has spilled over to Hip Hop chat rooms and forums. These "instant message killers" and "text bangers" all sound and talk so tough in these forums. Stop it man and be yourself. Grow up. Render your opinions without the drama.

But I digress. Back to the Eighties.

The energy was electric. The last time there was a movement like this was the Studio 54 parties in the mid-Seventies disco era. Just like that era, in this new era of Hip Hop music, drugs, sex and hustling played a vital part in the rise and influence of the genre. Music lives in clubs and on the radio. Radio programmers and DJs love all the vices that come with the music game. Drugs, power, influence and sex. Back then the exception to the rule was a record that was so hot that it worked for everybody. The DJs played it in the club because the dancefloors would be packed. The radio station programmers played it because the phone lines would light up. It was a win win across the board.

Today is strictly pay to play. Music and the underworld have always co-existed. Frank Sinatra and the mob. Bugsy Siegel and Las Vegas. Why is there a sudden infatuation and interest by the powers that be to tie Rap artists to the drug game? Guilt by association? Rap artists and drug dealers come from the same community, live in the same neighborhood and stay on the same block. If we are to allow the maturation of Hip Hop we must face the reality of the musicians who produce the music. Ninety-nine percent of rappers come from drug infested communities. Is this news?

Instead of trying to lock up Hip Hop, allow us to continue to create hope and legal economic opportunities in these same crime and drug infested communities. Yes, we know drug dealers and killers. We grew up together. There is only one hood. Yes we take calls, put money on books and go out and eat with felons and convicts. It would be impossible for us not to. Three out of five African American men have been arrested or served time. You know that. They are our people. We will not disown them. Let my Hip Hop business model encourage them to do the right thing. Let my Hip Hop business model, success and wealth allow me to invest in the community and bring hope to the next generation. I want to provide resources that help develop the next Kevin Lyle (President Warner Music), the next, Steve Stoute (dealmaker and broker), the next Sean Combs (artist, business man) and the next John Singleton and MC Hammer.

Allow the maturation of Hip Hop so we can see and witness more acts of wisdom like the union of Nas and Jay Z. Not all Hip Hop journalists and radio DJs write and talk out of fear. Some are real and they speak and write from truth and from their hearts. It's this group that can help with the maturation of Hip Hop. Present Hip Hop as a complete and whole community. We are fathers, uncles, teachers, ministers, engineers, directors, and yes squares and geeks. Everybody who consumes this music ain't killers. It is a fact that the majority of this music is bought by mainstream America.

Anyone can funk and go to war, we all got soldiers but it takes real men to make peace. Peace may not sell these squares' magazines but it can save a community and bring prosperity to our people.

--Hammer
from my sidekick

78 comments:

Blog do Rafa said...

Your blog is cool !

hello from Brazil .

Justin Pfister said...

Keep on blogging Hammer! You were a big part of my life when you were creating. How can anyone forget Hammer time. Fan for life. I'm glad to see you're reaching out to other forms of creative media. Justin Pfister (http://blog.justinpfister.com)

William Gaus said...

Please Hammer dont hurt 'em!

Mark and MeLissa said...

Wow. MC Hammer. Blogging. Very cool. I'm glad that I came across your site and look forward to hearing what you have to say.

My little brothers and I really enjoyed your music when we were growing up (and still even do that Hammer walk every-so-often!)

Glad to see they still "Can't Touch This!" :) (sorry, I'm corny...can't help myself sometimes!)

MeLissa of "MeLissa and Mark"

MC Hammer said...

Thanks and great photo.

Heartbreak72 said...

I love it, "The Height of the Crack Era." (New Jack City)Every crack joke imaginable was told in school. Living just enough for the city....money money money money! 1986 I was in Junior High. MTV had recently come out and everyone was just glued man, those were the days! Your part of my Hip Hop History!

thekcblogger said...

hey mc hammer,

glad you've got a blog. hope u find everything you're longer for.

found a nice Christian quote:

Work Hard - Pray Harder

Work as though everything depends on you. Pray as though everything depends on God.

God Bless,

The KC Blogger

Mark and MeLissa said...

Thank you for the lovely compliment. :)

You've brightened my day...again!

MeLissa

Craig said...

Hey Hammer, I'll admit the first thing I thought when I saw that this site existed was, "A celebrity blog, that ought to be funny." I've got to tell you though, this post was great, and not at all what I was expecting.

Keep it up.

felix said...

Hi Mc Hammer
you definitely played a role in the influences of my musical life.
But when I found out that you stepped into Gods family I was totally thrilled! Keep up the good work and God bless you!

www.felixsportfolio.blogspot.com

Justin Gardner said...

Hammer! You're blogging! Welcome to the revolution! Also, I liked your comments about being able to produce things without other people's hands all over it (i.e. corporate interests). Trust me, it's only going to get better.

One criticism though, the audio clip when I visit the blog is kind of annoying. Trust me, if people are coming to your blog, they're going to click on audio and video links. You are, after all, MC Hammer.

In any event, keep blogging!

cheers,
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Eric said...

Great post, alot of insight I never quite really got.

"We are fathers, uncles, teachers, ministers, engineers, directors, and yes squares and geeks. Everybody who consumes this music ain't killers. It is a fact that the majority of this music is bought by mainstream America."

When Hip Hop is played on the mainstreen stations in Atlanta, the same ones that play all the teenybopper stuff (star 94 and q100), there's no doubt this is the truth. I fully admit to being a geek (and probably a square =p) and I love hip hop.

From my limited understanding of the history of hip hop, it seems like it used to be expressive and a testimonial of a man/woman's life and history, for the sake of itself, and now it is seen as the ticket to the "good life." Not that the life that being in the public eye and stardom is necessarily good, but how would you know that till it was too late?

Keep bloggin', I'll keep readin'.

xingyiquan5 said...

Hi Hammer

I live in the Frutivale area, E27 st, Murderdubbs. Me & my wife borrowed every penny we could get to buy a house in the hood. Every month we are one screw up away from losing everything. Forget having kids, no way could we afford it. We are paying $500 a month in property tax!! UNREAL MAN!!

Yet the kids in this hood throw trash on the ground, tag the hell out of everything, trash the nearby school. Worst of all we hear shots pop off ALL THE TIME! ALL THE TIME! We hear shots every weekend.

What kind of grown man would shoot a gun in the city limits? These arent men, these are children. They never grew up. They don't seem to understand everyone they hurt with their actions.

The kids learn from their parents, throw trash on the ground. Tag the signs, just smash up the block.

Why am I putting out so much cash to people who don't care? Why do I gotta pick up their trash? What is wrong with this town? Why would someone trash their own block?

Why would they drop out of school because it's too white to get good grade?

I'm tellin you man, this town has got me turned upside down. My grandfather marched with MLK, and I was brough up to respect everyone. Now I see poor people and I can't believe how I feel. I can't believe that they would do the things they do. Sometimes I'm afriad for my wife, what could happen out here.

I have a lot of mixed feelings and questions about what is wrong with this town. It's not working.

-xingyiquan

Cal said...

Hey there! My boss and I were just talking about you the other day...I live in Fayetteville, NC. Evidently you did a concert at some point here. She managed the Howard Johnson you stayed at just off of I-95. She was just raving at what a good tour group you were travelling with. She said you ran a tight ship. It was pretty impressive. I manage a Hampton Inn just down the street from there now, that hotel is closed. Just kinda cool to hear her talk about your show. I just got done reading your blog...If you ever get bored and need a little dose of drama...LOL...read mine. The link is: www.theangelicone.blogspot.com

Take care, Carla

MC Hammer said...

Thanks for all your thoughts an input. We got work to do. Let's make a difference.

MTR said...

How cool is this... Hammer blogging!

Hammer, do you think you'll ever write about your faith here? I'd love to hear about it.
-MTR (FTM
http://fromthemorning.blogspot.com

Danté said...

The fact that you have a blog is unbelieveably awesome. Thanks for my freakin' childhood!

MC Hammer said...

Not Only will I write about it (my Faith) but next month I will launch a new community called "Look Ministry" and it will be home to testimonies and Thanks to god.

mishegasmaster said...

coming out with any new material soon, hammer?

http://themishegasmaster.blogspot.com

Karen said...

I don't trust that your the real MC Hammer- but who am I?- regardless your message of peace here was well thought out and I really liked reading it. Keep on blogging. Karen

MC Hammer said...

New Album in May. "Look,Look,Look"(Look3X)

MC Hammer said...

Karen, if you follow my comments you will see it's really me.

Tits McGee said...

I'm a white girl who grew up in small town New England in the 80s. Listening to hip hop introduced me to a world I wouldn't have otherwise discovered until much later. Run-DMC, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Eric B. & Rakim, Public Enemy - these guys were part of the soundtrack of my youth.

The commercialism, misogyny, and glorification of violence that has taken root in hip hop bums me the hell out. Way to preach it, Hammer.

Stefan said...

It's refreshing to read a viewpoint on hip-hop culture that isn't focused on the materialistic, vigilante-justice portrait that record labels and the general media like to portray.

I used to play in a funk band, and we had the opportunity to play out in the street with a bunch of people who rapped over our jams. It was great to have a common bond of music between them and us, and it really opened my eyes to see beyond the mainstream hip-hop and get a feel for the real thing, music and words from actual people, not giant corporations.

MEMOIRS DE UNA PINCHE TRASHY said...

Yes, he is the real Hammer. THE HAMMER!!!

photodenow said...

je vous adore

BxCapricorn said...

"What'd he say," asked my bedridden great-grandmother, "Granny, Hammer just blamed the 'square journalists' for the shooting of rappers, by rappers..."

"He's such a darling..." she said as she drifted off.

JessC031778 said...

Hammer..the last thing I saw of you was the Surreal Life...I knew you'd gotten really tight with your faith years before, and while I do not share the denomination I know that having a strong faith system in your heart is one of the most important things in life..it will get you through anything. I have to say, I saw like two episodes of that show, and one of them was where everyone went to a big church and you led the whole congregation in prayer for Vince Neil, so taht he could find his way back to his faith, having lost it along with his baby girl...that you would care that much about someone you'd just met floored me,man. I had tears pouring out of my eyes watching that...and even now, just thinking about seeing it gets me all watery again. I listened to your music as a kid, and I loved it!! But now I am seeing your message, and I love it even more!! I just wanted to say thank you. For caring, for writing, for living your life and inviting others into your mind & heart here...you're doing good things and there just aren't enough people like that anymore...

The Caretaker said...

I knew you were too legit to quit, I knew it.

Seven high said...

Life long lover of hip hop music, however been some what agitated by the lack of balance as of lately.

I've been missing from the hip hop world until Kanye West came along.

Finally I was hearing someone speak of every day struggles. Either by design or just the lack of reality has taken the message away from the everyday joe on the streets.
For some reason, people think rap is a teenage thing, nothing can be further from the truth. Man I love rap. Just not the route it has been going as of lately.

Hey man, love ya, keep the faith.

view my blog. http://sevenhigh.blogspot.com

read the story I did on Eminem

Art said...

Hammer! Nice blog! Here's a shout straight from the hood in Danville! ;-)

windylo said...

major props. and all my respect.

gnome said...

Wow! The REAL Hammer with a blog! Great! Amazing. Respects. Thanks a lot! etc etc

Very interesting article too...

phlipside said...

dude you gotta get a better camera - some of these pics are too blurry!

Luminous (\ô/) Luciano ™ said...

I want to read more articles like that - by Hammer the Historian!

God Bless You Hammer!

Amanda B. said...

I loved old school rap- You, RunDMC, etc. It just seems like our two races are so divided now- and it bothers me so much. I hate to see young kids getting into trouble, and famous rappers sort of egging it on with the Gangsta rap. I don't know if I'm in a position to make that kind of assumption. But I miss the old rap where everyone, black and white could really come together and enjoy the music.

I am that I am said...

Hello,
I'm Terry in The Netherlands, come from London. I like your music but I really like your writing, especially that last bit, that is exact,

>it takes real men to make peace<.

How far has civilization really grown if we can't make peace? is what I think everyday, then not Jesus, but long before him, that person Isaiah was right, it takes soft, meaning intelligence, and thoughtful action, to win against hatred.

Fight with the sword of the tongue is what Isaiah said, so made me realise that these ignorances that are a plague on all children's lives on this planet, that grow up and become adults, have been a plague for thousands of years it's time that real change has got to come.

Powerful men in positions so grand, who are badged to be able to act in our names, all of us, wave their hand and the world is infected with aggression, because we aren't set any examples any good ones at all, when leaders and high positioned people:- that didn't get into powerful positions in their own names, but because of the masses and ordinary peoples giving them credit to run things:-
are again and again seen to be corrupt to the bone and full of self-gratifying, self-fulfilling actions.

This is the thing that has to change because what they have been doing, in the Middle East for instance is entirely hypocritical and there is no truth there, no ways of appeasement or any will visible within these Western ranks to see their own faults, present or past.

Now we live with this abundance of technology, but it isn't being used right because the mind-set running the entirety, is still acting like we are running for our lives from Attila the Hun and as if we have no power to change things, no tools, there is more than enough, has been for a long time, but there isn't enough clear vision and selfless people doing those political jobs who are capable of true leadership.

Also about Nelson Mandela, for years all of those companies stayed down there doing business in South Africa, banks, big ones, powerful, said nothing, did nothing, they made money.

After boycotts did happen, from Western governments, and finally Nelson was freed from hell, everyone is hi di hi hi di ho, but I still cannot smooth it out in my head, how for so long these Western companies were allowed to do that, because, to me, they are as bad or worse than a policeman that ill-treats someone.

It isn't a fashion music, it is the thing that reaches beyond normal walls and barriers and elevates people to something higher in themselves and mankind has always celebrated life in all of the expressions seen in art, music, dance, poetry, all of it.

In Britain too, what you talked about there, the journalistic squares, they'd build people right up in England in the music papers only to declare them as lost and done with when it suited them, nowadays people can't be kept down so easily through biased information as we're not dependent on those few and limited, twisted stuckup and petentious sources, in the hands, formerly, of some person (s) whose kind of love was the love given to worshipping money, like all money and materialistic worshippers, lost, because all of what wealth is to us, ought to be used by us, not something that enslaves everyone, and makes people inhuman.

That's how I see it anyhow, society taught and teaches people you ought to be this way and that,
but allows only certain amount of people within these old fashioned systems to be able to eat any cake, the rest, they are kept down one way or the other. Still this is what is happening, because I think it goes above and beyond any single human or group, the power that will see things changing or breaking down and getting worse, I do believe things will change but the old school, which is real old, won't see it that things are going to change, they are still in the past.

There is intelligence yes, but, again there is ignorance, in the complete story of humanity, humans haven't been clever enough yet to find any other way than the rule of the fist how can the common man or woman on the street change, when the whole world is run this way, America is emporer now, but anyone knows no empire ever held on forever.

Every empire was ruled with some form of force, not understanding logics, in this way I see humans as an unevolved species. Maybe stoneage peoples did that too. So were still stoneage folk until there is world peace and energy is diverted to positive creation, not lying and war.

Using words of prophets to right their wrongs when they never look inside themselves and certainly do an injustice not only to themselves but to any prophet that they use the words of.

I do really believe that this was why Jesus kept calling everyone sheep, I do think he meant we ought to think for ourselves, but what I see in misuse of Christianity is that there isn't the space allowed for free thought and own vision, and a whole lot of bad is done in this way when those wise folk of old said that God is love.

If it isn't love it isn't God then, these clever people with so many diploma's and Phd's then cannot add two and two or think logically. Any uneducated child could know better than many of those folk.

It's wrong thinking to think it can be okay to love money above life and make life like dirt, when all life is sacred. I think the mind-set of greed is fixed in the human psyche, so even if desperation is not the situation or doesn't have to be the situation anymore, the greed has led to enormous amounts of waste energy.
Mostly I think humanity is stubborn, not until things are so bad will it change, then it is too late, like ozone holes in the sky.

MTR said...

Nice! I can't wait to read more about it...

Check out From The Morning if you can. I'd be happy to contribute to such a site, if you could use such a contribution.
FTM

Shaun said...

Great post!

Shaun
ohpunk.blogspot.com

Sali said...

Thank you for your message of peace. There's nothing more important to say now and the weight of your words is great. I'm an indie singer-songwriter and I, too, strive to spread love through the arts. Typecasting must stop in the industry altogether. Generalizations of an entire people have never served any good imo. People (and artists) must be treated as individuals in the new millenium if the industry itself is to grow up and start to care about our world at large. We need peace now.

Sali Oguri

infinitesimal said...

Greetings from a snowball-reverse oreo.

That is what I am told that I am.

I wish I had bought a pair of those fancy dancing pants back then, and btw, I JUST watched the movie of your life on VH1.

I am pretty happy to see that you are writing, and the caliber is stellar!

maybe you will come check me and the crew over at my blog. We have some fun sometimes, I just started this in late December.

Now I am kind of addicted.

R2K said...

I remember way back when you were on SNL...

R2K

Mask said...

MC Hammer was one of my fav HipHop rappers of the '80s!
I'm adding your blog to my links!!!

Respect

Mario, from Italy

Richard Liriano said...

Hammer... welcome to the world of blogging.

Hope you have fun with blogging as us bloggers do...

Please refer some of your friends to blogging also (there is nothing like it)...

In closing, I've always respected you and supported you however I can.

God Bless...

http://dominipod.net

flatlander said...

Words that need to be heard! Thanks for your insider's take on the Hip Hop culture. Long live the blog!

CLUB CORVETTE said...

Hey Hammer...good to see you back. Glad you put this blog up. I'm a big fan...continue doing what you do.

Ron

http://clubcorvette.blogspot.com

Soulfull said...

I totally agree with you. It truly does take a bigger man to make peace rather than war. Much Love!

Deuce said...

Hammer don't hurt em!
The sad thing is that more people won't get a chance to read your blog. It's to bad that such wisdom is kept in closets and behind close doors. The community needs more leaders and positive role models to echo this type of message. I will try to do my part by first teaching my son and spreading that wealth of knowledge with others in my community. thank you!

JB said...

MC Hammer

I'm glad for your convictions but I disagree about hip hop music. I was a nerdy white kid growing up in Oklahoma who learned to breakdance and rap and listened to old school rap like Grandmaster Flash and Whodini and Run DMC. After becoming a Christian, I forsook rap and heavy metal music. Surely you can't believe that money is the key to changing the nieghborhoods you speak of. I will never believe that, Hammer. God is what will change that, God in families where fathers stay, where drugs are out, where children are raised to do right. I look at people like Fifty Cent and Snoop Dog, as they are called, and it fills me with sadness that anyone would hold them up as models of success on any level. They are not successes in God's eyes. Urban black communities are not the way they are because of economic disadvantages--this lie has caused more crime, and needless anger. The immoral trash that flows through the rap music I hear on popular radio in my workplace is like a poison, killing conviction and fear of the Lord. I wish you well sir. Please visit my blog as well:

http://thesagebrushpatriot.blogspot.com/

g.knotee said...

I cannot believe MC Hammer has a blog. Just want you to know you were a great part of my childhood! Your music will always be remembered! Mabuhay from the Philippines!

Shavonne said...

I'm not a Christian but I have to agree with JB. Show me some Hip Hop that promotes education, higher education, strong families with both a mother AND A FATHER, and a good work ethic and you may have something. But promoting family franchisers (men with children scattered across the country) and former drug dealers as model citizens in the black community is not a good Hip Hop business model.

Mary said...

What do you think abut the war on terror?

Mike Dammann said...

It's cool to read something from Mc himself after all the garbage the media had to spew.

Maxim said...

I naver see like this blog
very interesting

Bhakti said...

Your last paragraph should be required reading for EVERYONE in whatever business they are in, not just rap. I love the smartness, honesty, and conviction of this post. Kudos to you, MC HAMMER, for spreading the word of peace in a land and time where violence sells. Bravo!

teemoney said...

Peace MC Hammer,

My name is Tamara Palmer and I am a writer and DJ from San Francisco -- I contribute to newspapers such as SF Weekly and also write books (my 1st book Country Fried Soul: Adventures in Dirty South Hip-Hop came out last year). I am 32 years old and your first single was one of the first things I ever bought on vinyl growing up.

I have been hoping to track you down for a few years in hopes that you might be willing to sit down with me for an interview some time. This amazing post you've written here speaks to me that you have so much to express about how the media has contributed to many of hip-hop's negative ills without properly reporting on its amazing positives.

The thing that made me really want to sit down with you was an interview I read that you did years ago with Davey D. You said that 'people may say MC Hammer the artist is bubblegum, but they'll never say the man is bubblegum.' That struck me so much at the time that I knew you would just be a fascinating interview and that there's so much of your story that hasn't been told.

If you look at my own blog at http://respondtobass.blogspot.com -- I spent the day at San Quentin with KMEL and several motivational speakers (including Black Panther Kilu Nyasha). If you read this hopefully you will get a better idea of me and know my heart is good.

Respect to you and I hope you will consider this! Welcome to blogville too.

Thanks,
Tamara
countryfriedsoul@gmail.com
http://respondtobass.blogspot.com

Nathan Stephens said...

Hammer,

You are still the man. I appreciate the fact that you take time to do your father thing and still make positive contributions to the community. Thanks for being you. I would love to have you do some motivational speaking in our small city because we need Black men like you that have experience huge success to help us get a grip on reality and what's really important in life. Thanks for being a role model and example.By the way could you send your booking info to nstephens@talented10.com. Thanks.

Doug said...

Thanks for the insight to the East / West coast rivalry and it's unfortunate conclusion. I never, until now, realized the role the media played in this as cheerleaders looking for a fight and a story.

I was an in-house producer for Rap-A-Lot / Geto Boys, Scarface, etc. around '89-95 and what you say rings true about the early rap lables business models and the drive to 'get out of the game'. I hope you post Maturation of Hip Hop, Chapter 2 soon and keep going, pointing the way for those that got rich in the record biz to turn that money and experience back into the community and the next generation of entreprenurs. There are quite a few artist, producers and label owners out there that have bought into the 'bling bling' lifestyle that could use some guideance and a positive example from you.

Chuck D. is a great example and role modle of a successful artist that has parlayed his fame and resources in a positive way. It would be cool to see you hook up with him to do a project. I am sure there are others that you are aware of that are moving in the direction that you are. Hope you connect with them and that you can take this to the next level.

I'll be reading your blog on a regular basis. I got out of the music industry a few years ago to get away from the craziness and raise a family. I would love to hear more commentary and stories about that time period and more importantly, where you are heading now.

Wendy Day said...

Count me in! GREAT seeing you tonight, homie... I like the way you think!

Wendy Day

PS- Aside from being from the same 'hood, rappers and street dudes always spent time together because they understood each others' socio-economic condition. Some street dudes were the investors, and some were the only respite rappers had to hang out without being expected to pay for everything all the time. When you are making $25,000 a night for a show, it's hard to hang out with your homeboy making $8 an hour at FedEx. Lifestyles change...so do the associated pressures... Also, let's not leave out the obvious one: protection. With chains getting snatched left and right, it sure is nice to have folks around who can prevent that!

Jason said...

I caught one of your shows (in Lubbock, TX) in 1990 when Vanilla Ice and En Vogue opened up for you. They were great opening acts and then...BOOM...Hammer came out and I was blown away. Still one of the best shows I've ever seen.

Always a fan.

Jason

FOSHOEB1 said...

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Don Pepe said...

Hi there Hammer, i´m writing from Portugal,grew up listening to your hits and i got to say ta the past can still cause a blast in my ears,kids knowadays(and i´m only a kid)dont do hip hop anymore,its just murder music and all that negative shit,you will make more money out of entertaining with other stuff.I´ve aprecciated your words of wisdom,god bless and stay real.Big Up from Portugal,Lisbon, u got a lot of fans here man....peace...out!

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