Music News

MC Hammer plans companion piece for 1990 hit album

M.C. Hammer arrives at the taping of the American Film Institute's 36th Life Achievement Award gala honoring Warren Beatty at the Kodak theatre in Hollywood, California June 12, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

DETROIT (Billboard) - MC Hammer doesn’t want to hurt ‘em. Again.

The veteran rapper (real name Stanley Burrell) is planning a 20th anniversary “companion” album to his 1990 breakthrough, “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em,” which spent 21 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, was certified 10-times-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America; and launched the hits “U Can’t Touch This,” “Have You Seen Her” and “Pray.”

Hammer calls the new set, “Don’t Hurt ‘Em,” a “follow-up” that will “capture again the very essence and vibes of ‘Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em,’ but updated with the sonic quality of today ... There’ll be a lot of parallels between the two, but certainly it’ll be very 2010.”

Hammer says he has more than 200 tracks he’s been working on for various projects. Some will be considered for “Don’t Hurt ‘Em,” but he predicts that “there’s 20 more I’ll record specific to ‘Don’t Hurt ‘Em.’” Don’t expect any featured guests, however. “Maybe on the remixes,” he says, “but not on the album.”

Hammer plans to release another studio album, “DanceJamtheMusic,” in September, as well as a Christmas album with his family before the end of the year. He’s also working on an autobiography and is awaiting word on a second season of the “Hammertime” reality show for the A&E Network.