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How MC Hammer Went From Bankruptcy And Losing It All To Becoming One Of Silicon Valley's Most Respected Tech Investors

If someone uses the phrase “can’t touch this” to emphasize how they stand on business, they owe a piece of their clap-back vocabulary to legendary rapper MC Hammer. Stanley Kirk Burrell, better known as MC Hammer, was more than just a rapper — he was a cultural phenomenon. An Oakland, CA, native who burst onto the scene in the ’80s and ’90s with his high-energy performances and flashy style, MC Hammer’s hits like “2 Legit 2 Quit,” “U Can’t Touch This,” and “Addams Groove” became anthems of a generation while his unique fashion sense, such as the balloon Hammer pants, set trends. The Rise Of MC Hammer In 1991, MC Hammer won three Grammys for the previous year’s work — Best Rap Solo Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best Music Video – Long Form. During this era, the rapper appeared in movies and television shows, was sought out to perform on late-night talk shows, and inspired fashion trends. View this post on Instagram A post shared by MC HAMMER (@mchammer) Although the rapper found...

Jun 17, 2024

Looking Back, MC Hammer Says He ‘Wouldn’t Change One Thing’ — And One Of The Reasons Why Is His Five Children

MC Hammer has had his share of ups and downs in the industry. The man born Stanley Kirk Burrell in Oakland, CA, was famously a multi-millionaire at a time when rap music was an underground musical genre and not the pop culture phenomenon that it is today. What’s even more impressive, as AfroTech previously reported, is that he blew through his entire $70 million fortune in about five years. With 20 luxury cars, 21 racehorses, a private jet, and a helicopter to his name — to say nothing of such accouterments as a gold-plated toilet(!), a fleet of racehorses, and a staff that cost him anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million per month — it’s easy to see how money came as quick as it went. Despite his losses, though, MC Hammer says he wouldn’t change a thing. “Some people ask me sometimes, would I go back and change things?” he said to Oprah. “They are flabbergasted by my answer. My real, true answer is I wouldn’t change one thing. I really believe in the butterfly effect. Meaning that if...

These Celebrities Made Bad Financial Investments — Here's How It Worked Out For Them

From Dennis Rodman to Ja Rule, celebrities are just like us in that they, too, can make bad financial investments. Most recently, AfroTech told the story of NBA player Tim Duncan, whose scamming financial adviser cost him more than $20 million. Yet, most interestingly of all, Duncan remained unbothered by his ex-adviser’s behavior. “Luckily I had a long career and made good money. This is a big chunk, but it’s not going to change my life in any way. It’s not going to make any decisions for me,” he said. But while the likes of Tim Duncan can easily bounce back from bad financial investments, not every celebrity is quite as lucky. These celebrities made bad financial investments — let’s take a look at how it worked out for them.

Even Though MC Hammer Ran Through $70M In About Five Years, He Says He 'Wouldn't Change One Thing'

Stanley Kirk Burrell, better known as MC Hammer, is an American rapper, dancer, producer, songwriter, and business consultant born in Oakland, California on March 30, 1962. Fun fact, he’s an Aries! In the late 1980s and early 1990s, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing an MC Hammer rap song. The award-winning rapper is known for a few of his hit songs such as ‘U Can’t Touch This’, ‘It’s All Good’, and ‘Help The Children’. But let’s be clear…. it all started with his ‘U Can’t Touch This’ banger! which earned him a Grammy Award (1991). MC Hammer was also the first-ever Hip-Hop artist to have a diamond-certified album. The success of such pop-rap hit tracks as “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 Quit” made the Oakland-born rapper a certified millionaire. And you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing something branded with his name. From billboards, cartoons, advertisements, commercials, and so much more. MC Hammer was ubiquitous, period. Unfortunately, it didn’t last forever. While...

Did You Know MC Hammer "Owns A Piece Of Twitter"?

Although MC Hammer may not be a household name in music anymore, those in the tech industry remain very familiar. After exiting the rap game, MC Hammer, real name Stanley Kirk Burrell, set his eyes on Silicon Valley.  Hammer began founding and investing in tech companies in the mid-90s. The rapper/dancer/actor has reportedly invested in over a dozen tech startups over time, including Twitter and YouTube. During a recent sit down with mogul Damon Dash, rapper and fellow tech investor Chamillionaire revealed a discussion he had with MC Hammer, making the shocking revelation that Hammer “owns a piece of Twitter.” According to Chamillionaire, he ran into MC Hammer at a tech conference at Facebook’s headquarters. There, he had a four-hour conversation with Hammer who was frustrated with giving rappers investment advice they never took. “He was basically saying, and I understand he was frustrated,” Chamillionaire tells Dash. “He was like, ‘I give the game about these tech companies to all...

Feb 13, 2020