The Funky Headhunter (1994) 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… M.C. Hammer Hip-Hop/Rap Pop
Music Review

The Funky Headhunter (1994)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Lead Performance: M.C. Hammer; Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop

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 Mar 18, 1994 Published in issue #214 Mar 18, 1994 Order article reprints