MC Hammer – Somethin’ For The O.G.’s on -107pfm.net
Written by 107PowerFM.Net on December 8, 2016
The album at the time was hailed as Hammer’s comeback album. As with some earlier songs such as “Crime Story” (from the album Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em), the content and reality about “street life” remained somewhat the same, but the sound was different, resulting in Hammer losing favor with fans. Nonetheless, this harder-edged, more aggressive record went platinum, but failed to win him a new audience among hardcore hip-hop fans. The Funky Headhunter is the fourth studio album and fifth overall official release by Hammer. The album was recorded in 1993, it was released in early 1994.
It was produced by innovative musicians and writers such as Teddy Riley (who had previously produced records for Guy, Blackstreet and Michael Jackson), The Whole 9, The Hines Brothers (Andra Hines & Dunkin Hines) and G-Bomb. It also featured Death Row Records head Suge Knight, and Death Row recording artists Tha Dogg Pound.
Hammer debuted the album and video for “Pumps and a Bump” two months before its release on The Arsenio Hall Show and finally released it in March. Talk show host Arsenio Hall said to M.C. Hammer, “Women in the audience want to know, what’s in your speedos in the ‘Pumps and a Bump’ video?” A clip from the video was then shown, to much approval from the audience. Hammer didn’t give a direct answer, but instead laughed. Arsenio then said, “I guess that’s why they call you ‘Hammer.’ It ain’t got nothin’ to do with Hank Aaron” (which refers to the fact that Hammer was nicknamed after Aaron).
On December 26, 1994, Deion Sanders released Prime Time, a rap album on Bust It Records (Hammer’s label) that featured the minor hit “Must Be The Money”. “Prime Time Keeps on Tickin'” was also released as a single. Sanders, a friend of Hammer’s, had previously appeared in his “Too Legit to Quit” music video, and his alter-ego “Prime Time” is also used in Hammer’s “Pumps and a Bump” video.
This album peaked at number two on the R&B charts and remained in the Top 30 midway through the year. The album eventually reached #12 on the Billboard 200 album chart  The album managed to become certified platinum.
The Funky Headhunter. (2016, June 29).