MC Hammer took to Twitter over the weekend to respond to trolls who labeled him a “one hit wonder.” In a series of tweets, the hip-hop legend defended his career and received support from Chuck D of Public Enemy.
The exchange started when MC Hammer shared a video from the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. One Twitter user criticized him, suggesting he should focus on issues in his own country. Hammer replied with a comeback, asserting that a “has been” is more significant than a “Never Was.”
More importantly i saw 15,000 -20,000 arena people…get exhausted and worn out watching you @mchammer while singing those hits. Yes NEWGENS it did happen years on end. No myth no hype https://t.co/5ewSnO0eSr
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) September 23, 2023
Another user then referred to MC Hammer as a “one hit wonder.” In response, the rapper highlighted his impressive career with at least 19 charted hits and questioned which one of his songs had made the user wonder.
Chuck D stepped in to defend MC Hammer, emphasizing the immense impact of his live performances. He recalled witnessing thousands of fans getting exhausted while singing along to Hammer’s hits during arena shows, dispelling the notion of one-hit wonder status.
MC Hammer expressed his appreciation for Chuck D and their shared journey in the music industry.
The “one hit” reference likely alluded to MC Hammer’s iconic 1990 track, “U Can’t Touch This.” The song, which samples Rick James’ “Super Freak,” earned Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best Rap Solo Performance.
Notably, it was the first rap song to receive a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards in 1991.