Stanley Kirk Burrel, popularly known by his stage name MC Hammer, is a popular hip-hop artist from America. He is also into dancing, a producer, and an entrepreneur. He is one of the pioneers of the pop-rap, and he is the first hip-hop artist who achieved the diamond status. His dancing skills are one of the reasons for his rise in fame and popularity. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of MC Hammer in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
MC Hammer was born on 30th March 1962 in California. His father was a casino manager and warehouse supervisor. He was brought up by his poor mother alongside eight siblings. From the childhood, he had a keen interest in the baseball, but he never made it into the final cut for San Francisco Giants. He graduated from the Oakland high school. He joined US Navy and worked for three years before an honourable discharge.
MC Hammer is married to Stephanie, and their relationship ages over three decades. He was forced to marry Whitney Houston by her father, but he did not comply. He was arrested once in 2013 for obstruction charges. At the peak of his career, he had employed over 200 persons, and the total payout used to cross $8.6 million. He has five children, and he spends a lot of time of the day on social media sites, his own blog, and on YouTube.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
MC Hammer started his musical career by forming a Christian rap music band. It was when Keyshia Cola recorded with Hammer; she advised him to pursue a career in music. He borrowed money to start a record label business. In no time, the company started doing great and had 100 employees. His debut album Feel My Power in 1987 became a hit and sold over 60 thousand copies. The next year, he followed it up with Let’s Get It Started album.
There was no turning back for him and every year; he released a new album. He became unique than the rest due to his dancing skills. The last track released in 2013 was All In My mind. He has been involved in various business ventures like Oaktown Stable, multiple internet ventures and projects, and mixed martial arts company. He also has a TV and film career, and he has also worked as a choreographer.
MC Hammer has won numerous awards for his music and choreography. He has three Grammy Awards to his name, and eight American Music Awards to name. He has also won a People’s Choice and is the first hip-hop artist to receive a Billboard Diamond Award. Hammer has been recognized as a world-class entertainer and was honoured with Soul Train Music Award. He has been ranked as one of the best dancers of all time by BET.
Net Worth & Earnings
The perfect rags to riches story is currently on a downfall. He ran into a bankruptcy after spending too much money on his videos, staff, and personal luxury. He ran into a debt of $13 million and filed for bankruptcy. Currently, he is estimated to have a net worth of $3 million. He sold his $30 million mansion for just $6.8 million to pay the debt. He has stabilised in his life as far as his financial turmoil goes. He is starting new projects trying to make a fortune once again from scratch.
MC Hammer is a true example of how fragile human material life can be. From nothing, he made a huge fortune with his talent. But too much of business brought a complete downfall of his fortune. Fortunately, he had assets to sell off to pay the debts, and that is how he is hoping to make a comeback and set an example once again.