* AdaptationDisplacement: The only reason many younger people ever heard of Rick James' "Super Freak" was because of the lawsuit Rick James filed against MC Hammer for the use of the song's EpicRiff.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: [[{{Music/Psy}} Best. Mashup.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlUyF6q0zKg Ever.]]
* EarWorm: "U Can't Touch This" and "[[Letters2Numbers 2 Legit 2 Quit]]"
** In the span of "2 Legit 2 Quit"'s six minutes, the words "too legit" are spoken a whopping ''120 times'', with the entire phrase "too legit to quit" appearing 57 times within that number. That's a certain recipe for Ear Worm whether you want the song to stick around in your mind or not.
* [[WereStillRelevantDammit I'm Still Relevant, Dammit!]]: ''The Funky Headhunter'', in which Hammer responded to the many shots taken at him by from the newly-popular GangstaRap school by basically saying, hey, I'm down with this DarkerAndEdgier thing, too. It sold but it didn't impress the gangsta crowd ''one bit''.
* MemeticMutation: Stop! Hammertime. Over time, this meme went from being spoken to being seen, as Stop signs can still be seen to this day with "HAMMER TIME" stamped on there either as graffiti, as an embossing or as a bumper sticker.
* NeverLiveItDown: From the tv show ''Series/{{Leverage}}'':
-->'''Parker:''' Who ripped out the toilets?
-->'''Hardison:''' This was an IRS foreclosure. I got it cheap.
-->'''Eliot:''' IRS doesn't take toilets.
-->'''Hardison:''' They do when they're solid gold. Heard this used to be MC Hammer's place. I guess you can touch this, with a SWAT team and a federal warrant.
* {{Padding}}: In addition to the [[SampledUp constant sampling]] as opposed to rapping to original beats, the other criticism laid heavily on Hammer was the constant repetition of his songs' choruses. This usually happened as his music videos were very long, and the album versions usually matched that length as opposed to being trimmed. This is exceptionally noticeable in "2 Legit 2 Quit", in which the chorus of "Too legit, too legit to quit" is played over the final ''two and a half minutes'' of the song without any lyrics from Hammer; this is fine in the music video, where there's a ton of athlete cameos popping up in the meantime, but it can drone on for someone listening to the single on its own.
* SampledUp: "U Can't Touch This" sampled the main riff from "Super Freak" by Rick James. At least James got some of the moola.
** Most of Hammer's songs relied on what could be... charitably... described as less than creative sampling choices. These included Music/{{Prince}}'s "When Doves Cry" for "Pray" and "Soft and Wet" for "She's Soft and Wet", The Chi-Lites' "Have You Seen Her?" for "Have You Seen Her?", [[Music/MichaelJackson The Jackson 5's]] "Dancing Machine" for "Dancin' Machine", Music/MarvinGaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" for "Help the Children" (Ah-ha! You expected "Save the Children", didn't you?) and Music/GeorgeClinton's oft-sampled "Atomic Dog" for "Pumps and a Bump". No word on whether they got their own moola, though.
* SignatureSong: "U Can't Touch This," although "Too Legit" is fondly remembered by fans as well.
** The latter is still played at every Oakland A's home game, complete with the hand gestures displayed on the scoreboard.