Catching Up With MC Hammer

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ESSENCE.COM Jun, 09, 2009

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MC Hammer busts a move in his baggy parachute pants made famous in the early 90’s.

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Hammer is all smiles in his Cazal-style frames and fresh white Hammer pants. The MC became the first hip-hop artist to reach diamond status, selling more than 10 million copies.

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The Oakland-born rapper was known for the Hammer Dance, a quick back-and-forth shuffle with knees slightly bent.

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MC Hammer throws down at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Hammer, 47, shows the crowd that he’s still got it at the WB 2003 Winter TCA Tour Party in Los Angeles.

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Hammer looks dapper as the late Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg chill by his side at the 23rd Annual American Music Awards.

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Hammer holds Evander Holyfield’s championship belt in 2003 in Las Vegas. Hammer’s rap career brought much success in the early 90’s with endorsement deals, a Hammer doll, and even a Saturday morning cartoon show, a far cry from the financial troubles he would face a few years later.

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MC Hammer is simply regal at a 1991 Seattle Seahawks game where he greeted Falcons player Mike Rozier on the sidelines.

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MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice hang tight at The Grammy Awards at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in February 1991.

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MC Hammer showed fans his softer side when he made an appearance on MTV’s “TRL” Valentine’s Day special back in 2003. Hammer has enjoyed a 23-year marriage with his wife, Stephanie Burrell.

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Mickey gets up close and personal with Hammer and his children.

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Hammer, his wife and their young tyke give back as a family regularly.

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Hammer remains a live spirit and dancer.

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Married for 23 years, Hammer met his lovely wife, Stephanie, at a church revival. The couple has six children together.

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Hammer’s children say cheese for a family photo.

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Stephanie Burrell holds down the Hammer fort .

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Even at 47, Hammer still keeps it poppin’.

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An ordained minister, Hammer leads his dance group in prayer before they take the stage.

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Hammer greets fans and allows them to “touch this.”

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Minister Hammer’s commitment to community outreach is admirable.

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VH1 Hip Hop Honors – Show
NEW YORKOCTOBER 3: MC Hammer attends the VH1 Hip Hop Honors October 3, 2004 in New York City.

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