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Rap Albums That Have Stood The Test Of Time

2/28/2016 11:00am EST
30 Rap Albums That Have Stood The Test Of Time
Rap is one of the newer genres of music, compared to the majority of popular music. Often associated with rebelliousness – violence, drugs, money, sex and the streets – rap has garnered its fair share of controversy throughout its relatively short history. Despite the controversies and criticisms associated with the style, there have been plenty of triumphs – important songs and albums – that have built an illustrious history.

This list examines some of the most important albums in rap’s history – what an arduous task to say the least! Even with fewer years under its belt, there have been ...

MC Hammer Slams Police On Twitter Following His Arrest

2/24/2013 2:25pm EST
MC Hammer
MC Hammer has taken to to protest his innocence following his arrest in California on Thursday.

The U Can't Touch This hit-maker was apprehended at a shopping center in Dublin, northern California, and cited for obstructing an officer in the performance of duties and resisting an officer.

Police officials allege the hip-hop star was sitting in a vehicle with an expired registration and he was not the registered owner, but MC Hammer, real name Stanley Kirk Burrell, has suggested he was the victim of racial profiling.

In a series of tweets, posted on Saturday, Hammer maintai...

MC Hammer Named Tourism Spokesperson For Oakland

11/10/2012 10:09pm EST
MC Hammer
Rapper MC Hammer has been tapped to be the official tourism spokesperson of his hometown of Oakland, California.

The U Can't Touch This hit-maker, real name Stanley Kirk Burrell, will front the town's new marketing campaign called Oakland. To Know it is To Love It.

Hammer, who earned his moniker after serving as a batboy for professional baseball team the Oakland Athletics, will tout the positive changes occurring in the formerly crime-ridden city.

He says, "My admiration, love and understanding of what the culture of Oakland is, is from experience. I've been here 50 years. Our city i...

MC Hammer Distributes Food To The Poor

12/21/2011 10:55pm EST
MC Hammer
Veteran rapper MC Hammer donated his time to charity on Wednesday as he toured poverty-stricken areas of California to distribute food to the needy.

The "U Can't Touch This" hitmaker arranged for food trucks to deliver goods to Sacramento, Stockton, Merced and Oakland and he made sure to travel to each city to meet and greet locals as they picked up supplies for the holidays.

In a post on, the hip-hop star writes, "Trying to make it all work ..started at 5am..."

MC Hammer Caught Up In Police Conflict At Occupy Oakland Protest

11/3/2011 10:09am EDT
MC Hammer
Rapper MC Hammer found himself in the middle of a police confrontation on Wednesday as he participated in anti-capitalism rally in California.

The hip-hop star took to the streets of Oakland to join the crowds who shut down the city's cargo port as part of an ongoing protest against corporate greed.

Tensions heightened after cops in riot gear allegedly used tear gas to control the thousands of activists, and Hammer reported from the scene via his page, writing, "It's tense down here... I'm lost for words... about to post some photos... I'm at Occupy Oakland."

The rapper th...

Starpulse Snapshots: The Svedka & Yoni Goldberg Halloween Party

11/2/2011 4:39pm EDT
Black Cards
Celebrities packed The Svedka & Yoni Goldberg Halloween Party at Good Units in New York City for a night full of musical surprises!

First surprise performance of the night was taken by Pete Wentz's new band Black Cards, where Pete even dressed in a hooded sweatshirt and necktie, donning a warewolf mask for his costume! Following his set, Pete made a point of staying so he could say hi to Rev Run who was deejaying with DJ Ruckus later in the night.

MC Hammer, was then joined by 12 dancers, coming out just before 1AM to do a surprise four-song performance highlighted by "U Can't Touch This...

MC Hammer Joins Oakland's OWS Protest

10/27/2011 8:11am EDT
MC Hammer
Rapper MC Hammer showed his support for political activists by joining an Occupy Wall Street-inspired protest in California on Wednesday night.

The U Can't Touch This hit-maker joined protesters in Oakland after reading about their Tuesday evening clash with officials, who wanted to clear them from the area.

In a post on his page, he writes, "The unabated abuse of the PEOPLE can never be tolerated! They were expressing systemic frustration and pain, peacefully."

And Hammer personally took to the streets on Wednesday to back the activists, who are calling for an end to corp...

MC Hammer Launches New Search Engine Called 'WireDoo'

10/20/2011 7:18pm EDT
Rapper and technology entrepreneur MC Hammer is launching his own search engine website.

The "U Can't Touch This" hitmaker, real name Stanley Burrell, has spent two years developing WireDoo and he announced the new venture at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco on Wednesday.

He told convention attendees his new initiative would prove to be better than market leader Google - thanks to a "deep search" ability.

Burrell said, "It's about relationships beyond just the keywords. Search once and see what's related."

Dave Grohl Filming Documentary About 'Nevermind' Studio

10/3/2011 9:27am EDT
Dave Grohl
Rocker Dave Grohl has reportedly turned documentarian to chronicle the history of the studio where he recorded Nevermind with Nirvana over 20 years ago

REO Speedwagon star Kevin Cronin has revealed news of the project to, hinting he'll be a part of the untitled Sound City Studios film.

He explains, "Dave is working on this project based on a studio that we all used to work at. It's really interesting. I probably shouldn't be talking about it... but it's very cool. They (Nirvana) recorded Nevermind (there), and I know that it meant a lot to a lot of artists."

"So Dave is...

Flavor Flav & MC Hammer To Join Charlie Sheen At Insane Clown Posse Festival

7/7/2011 8:49am EDT
Flavor Flav
Flavor Flav, Ice Cube, MC Hammer, Bobby Brown and Lil Jon will join Charlie Sheen at the Insane Clown Posse's four-day rap and wrestling festival in Illinois next month.

Sheen announced he'd be among the presenters in an excited tweet on Wednesday, and now the full line-up has been announced.

Sheen and Flav will co-host the music and wresting event, dubbed the Gathering Of The Juggalos, while rappers Ice Cube, Lil Jon, Paul Wall and MC Hammer will join Bobby Brown on the bill.

The 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos will take place at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois from 11-14 August.

Xzibit, ...

Snoop Dogg: 'MC Hammer Was Great For Rap'

6/30/2011 8:54am EDT
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg has risked damaging his street cred by praising MC Hammer, insisting the U Can't Touch This hit-maker was "great" for rap music.

Hammer is often derided by his peers for his baggy trousers and flamboyant dance moves, but he achieved huge fame in the early 1990s, selling more than 50 million records worldwide.

And Gin and Juice star Snoop has now spoken out to praise the mocked hip-hop star, insisting his global success paved the way for other young rappers to achieve international fame.

He tells Britain's Q magazine, "MC Hammer was great for rap. That was a growth and devel...

Justin Bieber Hires MC Hammer To Perform At Manager's Birthday Party

6/20/2011 11:35am EDT
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber made sure his manager Scooter Braun had a birthday to remember by hiring MC Hammer to perform as his gift.

Braun, who helped make Bieber a global superstar, turned 30 on Saturday and a host of celebrities turned up at the party in Los Angeles to help him celebrate the milestone.

Usher, Mary J. Blige, Adam Levine, Kim Kardashian, Nicky and Paris Hilton, Wilmer Valderrama and Rita Wilson were among the guests, but it was Bieber who ensured the bash went with a bang.

After performing his own hits Baby and Never Say Never, Bieber introduced MC Hammer on to the stage, with th...

MC Hammer Wins Social Media Marketer Of The Year Award

12/15/2010 12:17pm EST
MC Hammer
Rapper-turned-entrepreneur MC Hammer is to be honored for his online business ventures at a media marketing conference in Los Angeles next year.

The U Can't Touch This hit-maker has expanded his resume in recent years, running a boxing management and promotions company, a record label and setting up a successful website called

His business skills have now landed him the Gravity Summit Social Media Marketer of the Year Award, which honors innovators in modern communications.

Beverly Macy, CEO of Gravity Summit, tells, "We are delighted Hammer has agreed to ...

Nicki Minaj & Jay-Z The Big Winners At Hip-Hop Awards

10/4/2010 8:23am EDT
Nicki Minaj
Rap superstar Jay-Z and newcomer Nicki Minaj were the big winners at the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards on Saturday, taking home three honors each.

The "99 Problems" hitmaker was named Best Live Performer, while his New York anthem with Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind," earned him the Perfect Combo prize and his album "The Blueprint 3" was hailed as CD of the Year.

Lil Wayne's protegee Minaj continued to garner recognition for her work, walking away with the Rookie of the Year, People's Champ and the Made You Look accolades - despite having yet to release her debut solo album, "Pink Friday," ...

MC Hammer Forced To Pay Up In 2003 Lawsuit

2/13/2010 3:19pm EST
MC Hammer
Rapper MC Hammer has been ordered to pay up in a breach of contract lawsuit after losing his bid to have the 2003 case thrown out of court.

The "U Can't Touch This" star, real name Stanley Burrell, was named as a defendant in legal papers filed by the owners of, a digital network communications firm the rapper owned shares in.

Website bosses claimed the board of shareholders had defaulted on a deal to help market the company and the plaintiffs were awarded damages in June 2003.

However, Burrell claimed he had never been served notice of the lawsuit loss because his...

Bring Down The House This Holiday Season With 'DJ Hero'!

11/12/2009 6:00pm EST
DJ Hero
Activision Publishing/RedOctane's latest entry into the world of music based video games expands on the concept of their flagship brand, Guitar Hero, and brings the club scene to your gaming console with DJ Hero, the latest title in the music game family. DJ Hero features innovative game play, a soundtrack that is second to none, and a rich experience that puts both wannabe DJs and regular folks literally right into the mix.

Instead of living the rock star fantasy through "Guitar Hero" by performing in a virtual band, this time we take it to the turntables - where mixing, scratching, cro...

DJ A.M., Jay-Z & 93 Exclusive Mixes All Featured In 'DJ Hero'; Win It!

10/15/2009 6:30pm EDT
DJ Hero song list
Hailed in the press as one of the most fun, innovative and highly-anticipated games of the year, Activision Publishing Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) recently dropped the needle on DJ Hero's full set list featuring 93 exclusive mixes from the biggest stars in hip hop, R&B, rock, pop and dance and created by some of the greatest DJs of all time.

On October 27th, living room legends and budding superstar DJs alike will start the party off right with an unprecedented array of talent DJs including DJ A.M., Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow and DJ Z-Trip spinning trac...

Celebrities In Financial Trouble

10/15/2009 9:24am EDT
Celebs in financial trouble
They may be famous, but it doesn't mean they're rich. It also doesn't mean the taxman will let them slide. The economy certainly is hard for us regular folk these days, but it's also affecting Tinseltown's finest. Check out our slideshow of celebrities that are facing foreclosure, bankruptcy, and other problems for failing to pay up.

Toni Braxton owes more than $12,500 on her mansion in Century City, California and officials at Bank of America are now looking to foreclose on the property.

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Craziest Athletes Of All Time

9/15/2009 11:18am EDT
Terrell Owens
Remember when athletes were just outrageous? They would say outlandish things like when Charles Barkley said, "Man, everything gets blamed on the Clintons, every single thing in this world. I think Bill Clinton shot JFK, too." And they would do outrageous things like when Deion Sanders decided to create an MC Hammer-like persona called "Prime Time" and wear pimp suits and flashy jewelry. These days athletes are beyond outrageous, they're cuckoo. From shooting themselves at night clubs with their own guns to assaulting their TV personality girlfriends, today's athletes are just crazy. Here's...

Sandra Lee's Cocktails, Kid Cudi's New One, Paula: American Idle? Vin Diesel's Short & More (Videos)

7/20/2009 5:00pm EDT
Sandra Lee Cocktails, Paula: American Idle?, Kid Cudi
Food Network hostess Sandra Lee proves she's the 'hostess with the mostest' in a fantastically hilarious mashup of her shows; Darth Vader is too legit to quit. Paula Abdul is in the news today because she might not be returning to "American Idol" next season... Kid Cudi drop the new video for his single "Make Her Say". There's also three very hilarious PSAs from the future and Vin Diesel's short film "Los Bandoleros"... check 'em all out!

Sandra Lee, from the Food Network, loves her cocktails...

Food Network's Sandra Lee:

Darth Vader and a quartet of Stormtroopers do the ...

'Behind the Music' Returns to VH1 - What Are Your Favorite Episodes?

4/9/2009 10:00am EDT
Behind the Music
Last month, VH1 announced plans to revive its iconic series, "Behind the Music," this summer. The network has ordered 10 new episodes which will focus mainly on newer artists, including Lil Wayne and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver.

This news got me thinking about my favorite installments from the series, so I'd like to submit this list of the Top 10 BTM episodes for your approval and/or ridicule. As always, a list like this is entirely subjective and will, hopefully, spark some spirited discussion.

10. Heart

This episode may not have the classic "rock bott...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 30

3/30/2009 3:00am EDT
Eric Clapton
Happy Birthday to singer Anna Nalick (1984), rapper Paul Wall (1980), jazz singer Norah Jones (1979), Canadian singer Celine Dion (1968), "90210" actor Ian Ziering (1964), American singer Tracy Chapman (1964), rapper MC Hammer (1962), "Mad About You" star Paul Reiser (1957), "Harry Potter" actor Robbie Coltrane (1950), new wave singer Lene Lovich (1949), Cream guitarist Eric Clapton (1945), Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto (1940), "Bugsy" actor Warren Beatty (1937), "Addams Family" actor John Astin (1930).

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MC Hammer & Vanilla Ice To Team Up

2/12/2009 1:01pm EST
Hammer Pants and Ice
Fallen rap stars MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice are to team up for a concert in Utah. The 90s stars will perform a one-night-only joint show, called Hammer Pants and Ice, at the McKay Events Center in Orem on February 27.

Ironically, back in 1990, Vanilla Ice ended MC Hammer's run at the top of the album charts when his To the Extreme toppled the "U Can't Touch This" hitmaker's Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em.

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The Baha Men Score Worst Song Ever

8/5/2008 2:52pm EDT
The Baha Men
The Baha Men's summer hit record Who Let The Dog's Out? has been named the worst song of all time.

The track, which topped charts around the world in 2000, is number one in a new list compiled by editors of and AOL Radio. It beat off tough competition from rapper Vanilla Ice's memorable hit Ice, Ice Baby and a more recent chart success for Ricky Martin - She Bangs.

There was even a place in the chart for a couple of music legends, in Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.

The top 10 is as follows:

1. Who Let The Dogs Out - Baha Men

2. Ice, Ice Baby - Vanilla...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 30

3/30/2008 3:00am EDT
Eric Clapton
Happy Birthday to singer Anna Nalick (1984), rapper Paul Wall (1980), jazz singer Norah Jones (1979), Canadian singer Celine Dion (1968), "90210" actor Ian Ziering (1964), American singer Tracy Chapman (1964), rapper MC Hammer (1962), "Mad About You" star Paul Reiser (1957), "Harry Potter" actor Robbie Coltrane (1950), new wave singer Lene Lovich (1949), Cream guitarist Eric Clapton (1945), Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto (1940), "Bugsy" actor Warren Beatty (1937), "Addams Family" actor John Astin (1930), Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh (1853; d. 1890), and Spanish painter Francisco Goya (1...

Video Game Review: 'Singstar' Series Brings Karaoke Home

3/18/2008 12:03pm EDT
Singstar 90s
Oh, the '90s. Too young to be considered hip in an ironic and nostalgic way, it currently sits in the awkward phase, awaiting d-list comedians to show up at VH1 with their best Bill Clinton jokes tucked away for such an occasion. While the decade gave us some spectacular artists like Beck and Nirvana, it also offered the dregs of the musical society with Chumbawamba and MC Hammer. Singstar: '90s has a collection of both worlds, offering the chance to croon along with some of your favorite songs and videos – then cringe at the hilariously bad tunes and their awkward visual pieces.


The Top Ten Oddest Athlete Cameos

3/6/2008 11:45am EST
The Fridge in G.I. Joe
We have to say, the process of compiling a list of the best athlete cameos has been done to death. We get it; Keith Hernandez was hilarious in Seinfeld (he was), and Mr. Burns' All Star softball team episode of The Simpsons is a classic (it is). We wanted to delve a bit deeper though, really flesh out some more obscure and odd cameos' from our favorite stars in the world of sports.

10. Wade Boggs - Cheers

- Arguably the greatest stunt Gary's Old Town Tavern ever pulled on the gang at Cheers. In an effort to "bury the hatchet" Gary sends over what everyone at Cheers assumes is a Wa...

The Legendary James Brown Tops List of BET's Top 25 Dancers of All Time

4/10/2007 12:18pm EDT
James Brown
On April 6 the ultimate dance off hit television screens nationwide with the premiere of BET's Top 25 Dancers. Hosted by R&B phenom and #4 on the top 25 list, Chris Brown with choreographer extraordinaire, Fatima Robinson, this sizzling addition of the countdown series put an end to the battle of ages by crowning James Brown the undisputed top dancer of all time.


1) James Brown

2) Michael Jackson

3) Nicholas Brothers

4) Chris Brown

5) Janet Jackson

6) Prince

7) MC Hammer

8) Savion Glover

9) Beyonce

10) The Temptations


Celebrity Birthdays, March 30

3/30/2007 3:00am EDT
Eric Clapton
Happy Birthday to singer Anna Nalick (1984), rapper Paul Wall (1980), jazz singer Norah Jones (1979), Canadian singer Celine Dion (1968), "90210" actor Ian Ziering (1964), American singer Tracy Chapman (1964), rapper MC Hammer (1962), "Mad About You" star Paul Reiser (1957), "Harry Potter" actor Robbie Coltrane (1950), new wave singer Lene Lovich (1949), Cream guitarist Eric Clapton (1945), Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto (1940), "Bugsy" actor Warren Beatty (1937), "Addams Family" actor John Astin (1930), Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh (1853; d. 1890), and Spanish painter Francisco Goya (1...

Kevin Federline To Star in Nationwide Super Bowl Ad

1/17/2007 2:39pm EST
Kevin Federline
Nationwide will continue its award-winning "Life Comes at You Fast" advertising campaign with its second national Super Bowl ad, featuring Kevin Federline. Typical of other ads in the campaign, the spot opens with a situation that changes in a dramatic and unexpected way. Just as viewers believe they are seeing a Kevin Federline rap video, the ad takes a funny, surprise twist. Nationwide’s "Life Comes at You Fast" slogan is the punchline.

“The Life Comes at You Fast concept was created to remind people that they need to think about preparing for the future,” said Steven Schreibman, vic...