The Funky Headhunter

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop; Lead Performer: M.C. Hammer; Producer (group): Giant

It was expected that Hammer would attempt this comeback with a harder-than-thou stance. First he dropped the ”MC” from his name. Then he dropped Capitol Records in the wake of 1991’s less-than-mega-selling Too Legit to Quit. But people still made fun of his Rockettes approach to hip-hop. So now he’s gone a step further, transforming himself from an upbeat entertainer into an approximation of a low-riding East Oakland street rapper. But even with some credible producers to beef up his sound, Hammer comes off as desperate on The Funky Headhunter, and his rhymes sound more like those of a hard worker than a hard-timer. B-

Originally posted March 18 1994 — 12:00 AM EST

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