Hammer Time! Iconic rapper MC Hammer turns 60 years old

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Happy birthday, MC Hammer!

Known for his signature Grammy-winning 1990 hit “U Can’t Touch This,” the rapper born Stanley Kirk Burrell quickly made a name – and a dance – for himself that would cement him as one of the most unforgettable musical artists of the 90s.

In honor of the rapper’s 60th birthday on Wednesday, many of his fellow celebrity friends sent well wishes and kind words, and some even took Hammer on a trip down memory lane. 

Legendary singer Anita Baker sent birthday wishes on Twitter, saying, “YES That Attitude of Gratitude/Energy, radiates from you, my friend. Happy Born Day.”

The iconic Rick James reached out on Twitter, reminiscing about “U Can’t Touch This” and the fact that Hammer sampled James’ “Super Freak” in the hit song. 

“I remain the #1 Rick James Fan !!!! Salute Thank You,” Hammer replied. 

The custom card art account Millburg cards shared an image of a then-six-year-old Hammer, to which he replied with a personal anecdote about his younger years. “My 83 year old mother reminded me that I had a job in 1968 … 6 years old working with the ice cream truck man … A few years later your Honorary Oakland A’S Vice President. Working all my life,” he said.

In the early morning hours Wednesday, Hammer posted a celebratory video, thanking those who wished him a happy birthday. “I’m blessed, I got no complaints…I’m grateful,” he said. 

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