OAKLAND – In an emotional one-hour special, set to air this Sunday on The Oprah Winfrey Network, former rapper MC Hammer reveals the disturbing truth behind the title of his 1990 hit “U Can’t Touch This.”
Hammer, who now goes by his birth name, Stanley Kirk Burrell, talks candidly to Oprah about the childhood relative who both shamed and famed him.
“When I was six years old my uncle Ray Ray and I were playing Operation. I told him he had to remove the pieces. Then he got a crazy look in his eyes and said he was going to remove my piece,” Stanley told Oprah. “The next thing I know his hands are down my pants.”
This happened for several years, and was routine for Thursday night get-togethers watching episodes of The Addams Family. Flashbacks of this would later cause him to throw up spontaneously during production of the “Addams Groove” music video.
“‘U can’t touch this’ is what I would wake up screaming after having nightmares,” he said. “I turned that negative into a positive with my deep, tormented, soul-searching masterpiece.”
Despite many tragedies in his life – 1991’s Hammerman Saturday morning cartoon, filing for bankruptcy in 1996, appearing on VH1’s Surreal Life – Stanley is now a successful record producer.
He is also currently in negotiations with FUBU to design a new line of Hammerpants for urban adolescent youth which will allow them to parachute out of abusive situations.