1983: One of the single best years in music history!
So. Many. Awesome. Tracks. One. Thrilling. Album. Thriller was a tour de force on the pop charts in 1983, smashing every record and selling over 66 million copies! In addition to being an unstoppable one-man hits machine, Michael Jackson knew how to make amazing music videos–he teamed up with some of the brightest minds in cinema (Landis, Coppola, Scorsese) to create not just music videos, but complete short-subject (and sometimes feature-length) films that centered around his tracks.
It’s certainly not the best Hammer track, but I love this video. In fact, I love how the whole video is James Brown and MC Hammer throwing shade (and maybe a few fireballs) at Michael Jackson.
MC Hammer (or just “Hammer”, by this point) was a staple of my childhood. Of course, the same could probably be said of everyone in the “Xennial” micro-generation. I distinctly remember speeding around the outer ring at Sparkles roller rink jamming to this track and throwing up the little hand signals. I can probably still handle those moves, too!
In which James Brown equips MC Hammer to battle Michael Jackson for popular music supremacy.
This is, hands-down, one of the best music videos ever made.
MC Hammer – 2 Legit 2 Quit (1991) from Golden Era Videos on Vimeo.