Dimitri Ehrlich
March 18, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Funky Headhunter

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
M.C. Hammer
Producers
Giant
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop

We gave it a B-

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-

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