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Please Hammer Don't Hurt Em

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In hip-hop, respect is like currency, and by the mid-'90s MC Hammer was as bereft of props as he was of cash. But there was a short period in the early '90s when every clock in the land read "Hammer time," and truth be told, he was the artist who introduced a lot of kids to hip-hop and its many possibilities. The driving force behind Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, of course, is the irrepressible single "U Can't Touch This," built on the central riff from Rick James's immortal "Super Freak." Hammer also scored with album cuts "Here Comes the Hammer," "Have You Seen Her," and "Pray," but after that, it was a short trip from Benzes to VH1's Behind the Music. --Daniel Durchholz


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  • Audio CD (February 2, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Patrick L. Randall VINE VOICE on February 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
MC Hammer (and later, just Hammer) was one of those musical performers who can be likened to a shooting star. He burned brightly for a brief moment and then flamed out. Unlike other performers who had this fate befall them, Hammer's disappearance was not because of drug problems or any violent criminal issues. He simply stopped making good music. Yet, for the brief period he was on top, he was among the brightest of the stars in the musical sky.

"Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em" was his second album, but the first to truly make an impact on the music charts. "Can't Touch This", a rap-dance track that borrowed liberally from funkmeister Rick James' hit "Super Freak", ignited the frenzy of fans clamoring to hear his music on the radio and in clubs. He continued to churn out hits with his remake of the Chi-Lites "Have You Seen Her" and with his 'signature' tune "Here Comes the Hammer" (The 'signature' tune being a device employed by many rappers in the late 80's and early 90's to announce their arrival on the hip-hop scene with in the form of a music track on their debut album. See Snoop Dogg's "Who Am I? (What's My Name?)" for a good example).

The best track off "Please Hammer..." is "Pray". It's an inspiring track based in Hammer's gospel tendencies and borrowing its beat from Prince's "When Dove Cry". It's a fun track to listen to and the accompanying video is Hammer at his best. It was the second major hit off this album and helped push Hammer into the stratosphere of musical stardom. His stay there may have been brief, but oh what a ride it was!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason Peterson on July 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This Album is one of my favourites! Pure energy, dance, movin',
groovin',"Dancin, Dancin, HAMMER!!" I love it, and it's righteous too!! Some of the best artists like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and also MC HAMMER come straight out of the church, not staight outta Compton, and that's a good thing!
MC Hammer puts his gospel roots to good use in this doo-wop-um-bop classic. He speaks from the heart and does in his own righteous way. He spins, moves, shouts, raps and tears the house down! This album is one of the only albums that really gets me pumped and energized!! I cant really put a finger on what the music does, but it just gives me new energy.
Every song is great on this album.Here are my favourites,
U Cant touch this - Never overplayed, this song is tight!
Yo!! Sweetness - This song makes me want to shout HOOOOO!!!!!
On Your Face - This one is a gem. "Aint it funny that the way you feel shows on your face, and no matter how ya try to hide it, it'll state your case" That is so true.
DANCIN' MACINE - Forget about the Jacksons, this is the real thing!! I cant help listening to this song without groovin' on the spot! HAMMER!!!!!!!!!! Ughh!! love it!
Pray - This one is timeless! "Thats what we pray"
Crime Story - "Homeboy, You get no Glory!! And I aint givin em no proppers!!" Maybe all those studio gangsters should take a hint from the Hammer.......really!
She's Soft and Wet - Honest and straight to the point! We guys know what we want and Hammer is just bein real about it!
No song in history is as righteous and honest about this subject.
Most artists are just crude and vulgar when singin about it.
Work This - It took me a while to get into this one, but I really dig the energy in it!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jabberwocky on September 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The biggest idiocy is the belief that MC Hammer was a lame rapper who damaged Rap and its credibility.

It is because of MC Hammer that rappers are living in multi-million dollar mansions and driving around in Bentleys while their fans ride the bus. MC Hammer made Rap mainstream and acceptable. And it's this acceptability that has provided grand profit for all those involved--whether it be rappers or those behind the scene. You can preach about selling out, but the fact remains, if it weren't for making mainstream music, there would be no wealth attached.

Hammer was criticized for making rap accessible. He was criticized for making Pop Rap. He was criticized for doing commercials. He was criticized for dancing. He was criticized for keeping his music clean from vulgarity and misogyny. He was criticized for actually wanting to make a good living doing what he was doing. He was criticized for wanting to make Rap fun. He was criticized for starting a clothing line. He was critcized for acting. And he was criticized for not making white people fear him. Now, every single rapper has done at least some of these things, and nobody is saying anything.

But I guess the thing that angers me most is the continuous picking by people who think rappers should adhere to stupid rules about what it means to have street cred. No other genre of music is subjected to so much illogical and lame brained "unwritten rules" about how to behave in order to be accepted.

Rappers should be thanking MC Hammer, not criticizing him. He made Rap fun and enjoyable; and he is one of the only rappers I have genuine respect for. Please Hammer, Don't Hurt Em provided some great rap music. Period!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian T. Brown on July 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
So after I lost all of my CDs in a burglary, one of my friends helpfully thought to get my new music collection started with...MC Hammer! Popping it into the CD player reminded me why MC Hammer was super-cool for about a year and a half.

It's an uneven album. There are some great, if dated, songs on this album. "U Can't Touch This" really was good, and "Pray" has worn surprisingly well. On the other hand, some of the other songs, like "Crime Story" and "Have You Seen Her" are just plodding. And the album ends really weakly, with hardly any rapping on "Let's Go Deeper" and "Work This."

If you buy CDs for just one or two songs, there's some nostalgia value here, and you'll have the only car on the block with MC Hammer blasting out your windows. On the other hand, it's really not an album to listen to in its entirety, even if you're on a nostalgia trip.
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