For many, MC Hammer’s life is a cautionary tale of 90s excess, a case study of how not to breeze through millions.
Fans of Hammer (born Stanley Kirk Burrel) and those who are curious about the legend who sold millions of records while dressed in drop-crotch pants, will get a look at his life via his reality TV show Hammertime, airing on A&E on June 14. One tid-bit you will learn: how Hammer got his name.
Ironically, it wasn’t Burrell’s rapping skills that got him the name MC Hammer. Long before he picked up a mic, the then 13-year-old kid from Oakland received the nickname from baseball legend Reggie Jackson.
Burrell earned a gig as the batboy for the Oakland A’s after catching the attention of the team owner Charlie Finley who spotted the ambitious baseball fanatic dancing in front of the stadium for tips to buy game tickets. Jackson dubbed Burrell Hammer because he thought he resembled Hank.
Watch the show to learn more