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Review: Hammer’s Homecoming: Art & Soul Festival’s 10th Anniversary Gets It Started With Local Oakland Legend (via Oakland Local)

Photo: Hammertime! by Eric K. Arnold

via Oakland Local
Published on Sunday, August 22, 2010
By Eric K. Arnold

It’s easy to overlook MC Hammer in the pop culture canon. In the late 80s and early 90s, hip-hop was still mainly underground. As the genre’s first major crossover star, Hammer shattered mainstream barriers many didn’t know existed. The Oakland product and onetime McClymonds student was the first rap artist to sell 10 million records. His breakthrough hit, “U Can’t Touch This,” made him a household name in the suburbs. At the peak of his fame, he even had a Saturday morning cartoon show, “Hammerman.”

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