So we all saw MC Hammer show Jay-Z whose career is really flourishing by taking the stage at the AMAs and reminding us that “2 Legit 2 Quit” is a thing that happened. This prompted me to tell my wife just how much the extended version of the video dominated my childhood. Since she couldn’t remember the video we watched again and HOLY SH*T MC HAMMER (and to a lesser extent James Brown) ARE TOTALLY TAKING A DUMP ON MICHAEL JACKSON!!!ELEVEN!!
For those that don’t remember this, there was an extended version of “2 Legit 2 Quit” that aired on Fox after Cops or In Living Color or something and it featured Hammer visiting James Brown to get his power of funk. All I remembered was the late Mr. Brown hitting Hammer with all sorts of fireballs and hadoukens and it was totally awesome.
But there’s also another wrinkle to the video as Hammers talks to Brown about getting respect from someone that “may have thrilled others.” And right before Hammer takes off to start his song, The Godfather of Soul says “bring me back the glove.” Wait, Michael Jackson wears a glove. He’s talking about Michael Jackson!
And of course, the ending has an odd MJ “cameo” too. All of this was really bizarre and it blew my mind. And no I didn’t remember anything about this. If this was common knowledge then chalk it up to me being an idiot or some other insult you guys are good at coming up with. Anyway, here’s the video and below is an interview where Hammer explains a phone call he had with MJ about the video in question and the jabs.
MC Hammer: he dissed Michael Jackson and Jay-Z. Not too many people can say that, can they?