[[caption-width-right:300:Hammer, looking awesome.]]

-> ''"Can't touch this."''

MC Hammer, hip-hop's first LargeHam, born Stanley Kirk Burrell (1962-). He is mostly famous for his dance hit "U Can't Touch This"[[note]]A song owing a lawsuit-inducingly large amount to Rick James' "Super Freak"[[/note]] and for bringing {{rap}} into the mainstream. In fact, along with Music/VanillaIce, he practically ''was'' mainstream rap from about 1988 to 1992. Nowadays, he's a Pentecostal minister, and he has a TV show, ''Hammertime'', on A&E.

!!Tropes That Apply To MC Hammer:

* AdamWesting: On the rare occasion Burrell is seen on TV nowadays, it's usually as an exaggeration of his Hammer persona, or referencing his Fall from Grace. His ministry is almost never brought up.
* AnyoneRememberPogs: People actually did wear MC Hammer-inspired Hammer Pants while the fad lasted.
* AwesomeButImpractical: His concerts. A big reason he lost his fortune so quickly was that his stage shows were beyond extravagant, with dozens of dancers, musicians, giant screens, and [[StuffBlowingUp a lot of pyrotechnics]]. A hell of a show, but also a hell of a money drain.
* TheCameo: MC Hammer actually managed to get in a video game... as a hammer, in the Japanese version of TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast.
-->''"You got the M.C Hammer!
-->BAM BAM pound the likes of stakes!
-->BAM BAM pound, pound other things too!"''
* {{Celebrity Toon|s}}: ''{{Hammerman}}'' -- named after another alias for Mr. Burrell -- where Hammer is a superhero with magical shoes. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8WYh8uz3pQ The opening theme will fill you in on the finer details]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Hammer tried this with ''The Funky Headhunter'' by trying to look and sound like the more popular gangsta rap artists of the time, but it didn't take.
* DropTheHammer: Stop! Hammertime!
* GoodShepherd: In his case, "M.C." means "Man of Christ". Even before that, a line in ''U Can't Touch This'' praises {{God}} for blessing him with "a mind to rhyme and two hype feet".
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Greatest Hits,'' ''The Hits'' and ''Platinum.'' There's also ''Back To Back Hits'' where his hits are mixed in with Music/VanillaIce's (admittedly, a pretty good idea).
* LargeHam[[IncrediblyLamePun mer]]: Very much so.
* {{Mondegreen}}: That's "GET BUCK, GET BUCK" he's chanting on "2 Legit 2 Quit," not "KICK BUTT, KICK BUTT".
* MusicOfNote: ''Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em'' showed, once and for all, that HipHop could attract a mass audience, if Music/RunDMC and Music/BeastieBoys didn't already provide good enough evidence.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''The Funky Headhunter''.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Many of his hooks are prone to this.
* RichesToRags: One of the more famous celebrity examples. Hammer's lavish lifestyle and dwindling album sales eventually resulted in him being $13 million in debt. He filed for bankruptcy in 1996.
* StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks: "Pumps and a Bump" from ''The Funky Headhunter''
* StopAndGo: "Stop! Hammertime!"
* TropeCodifier: MC Hammer was arguably the first rapper to achieve mainstream popularity, although his poppy, upbeat style would fall out of style in the mid-1990s when gangsta rap became popular. He is also largely responsible for the mainstream public notion that most rapper names start with "M.C." (And by extension he's probably the reason why most rapper names ''don't''.)

->[=/hammer time=]