Perhaps one of the biggest rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches story out there is of none other than Stanley Kirk Burrell himself. But you may know him better as MC Hammer, Hammer, or perhaps, Hammertime.
Please, do us a favor and heed the warnings of those that have gone before you. Not that you can afford everything MC Hammer had, but if you win $1,000 from JACKA$H spend it wisely.
Celebrities make way too much money. Sometimes it needs to be taken away from them. And sometimes they make it easy on us and take it away themselves. It’s a rite of passage when you’re a millionaire celeb to lose all your money and declare bankruptcy.
He rose to stardom from the mean streets of Oaktown with the massive hit “U Can’t Touch This”. Little did Burrell know when he sang ”U Can’t Touch This” that the “U” would soon mean him and the “Can’t Touch This” would be his own money.
You know your career is off the charts when you have your own Saturday morning cartoon show (‘Hammerman’), dolls, and lunch boxes.
He had an entourage that would make JLo’s jaw drop. He had a multi-million dollar gated mansion the size of Rhode Island. He had a mind to rhyme and two hype feet. He was, as he so aptly put it, Too Legit to Quit.
But maintaining that lifestyle takes money. Apparently more money than a gajillionaire can afford.
Added lawsuits by Rick James and Christian singer Kevin Christian for copyright infringement wiped out most of his $20 million-plus fortune.
Once his career imploded he made one last-ditch effort at reclaiming his lifestyle by going the ‘thug’ route (let us all forget ‘The Funky Headhunter’ days) before becoming an ordained preacher. And then, like all ”I’m still relevant!” celebs do, he hit the Reality TV circuit with ‘Hammertime’ on A&E and had a VH1 movie made about his life.
MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
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