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MC Hammer Nails Reality TV

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Saturday, April 9, 2005
Former hip hop superstar MC Hammer has rejected an offer to appear on UK reality TV show Hit Me Baby One Time, after finding God ten years ago.

"The voting system is too cruel for my new life," the evangelical Christian explained this week (Metro newspaper).

The former pop star sold 25million albums in the early 90s and at one point owned a $12 million dollar mansion, 17 cars and ran a staff of 250, though by 1996 declared himself bankrupt. Chatting to Jonty Skrufff in London in 1994, he was already beginning his fall from financial grace and spoke at length about his empathy with many of gangsta rappers who by then had started replacing him.

"Ice Cube, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Chuck D, KRS 1, Digital Underground, we're all from the same environment, all of us are from the inner city," he said.

"We're products of this community that's under-educated, under-employed and lack enough recreational opportunities to really relate to society in the way that's required, we can understand it, without being a definite part of it," said Hammer, "You are what you are and I am a product of the ghetto. That's what I am," he added.