The recent rift between rap veteran MC Hammer and Jay-Z was reportedly resulted from conversations had with Kanye West.
According to reports, religious tension was also an underlying theme.
I know, people have totally forgotten about this one by now, but I got a recent tip that seems to give insight on what happened here. Now, you know Hammer is a serious Christian. Remember, how Kanye West used to be with the whole “Jesus Walks” period of time? Well, I heard Hammer sort of became endeared by Kanye’s affinity for Christianity. So, I heard, Hammer had a conversation with him about Jay-Z, who he now refers to as “hell boy” or “the beast.” Well….I don’t know what happened after that, but I heard something got back to Jay and caused Jay to go at Hammer. I’m sure the truth will come out, but these are the rumors from the sources I have. (All Hip Hop)
On Kanye West’s “So Appalled” collaboration, Jay references Hammer’s fall from fame and publicized bankruptcy woes despite being a platinum-selling artist in the early 1990’s.
“And Hammer went broke so you know I’m more focused/ I lost 30 mil so I spent another 30/Cause unlike Hammer 30 million can’t hurt me.” (“So Appalled”)
Following the song’s release last month, Hammer warned Jay about the consequence of calling him out.
“@kanyewest jay-hoe aka #HellBoy Tell Jay Oct 31 (Devils Nite) We’ll see if this record and video”Hurt’s Him” .. #IamHammer,” Hammer tweeted on Saturday (September 25).
“KING HAMMER:You wanted my attention #HellBoy (Jigga) ..you got it .. http://bit.ly/9BIhWj #IamHammer.”
“These lil demons and Imps stopping by timeline today.. Yes,I dissesd yo #Daddy .. The dude who made the #Lucifersong….smh”
“Stop talking about money when you know you can’t put 50 thousand dollars together at a Family Reunion.. #Demons”
“Laughing at these grown men coming on my timeline with they #pompoms waving for #HellBoy (Jigga) ..”
“Let me mess you #HellBoy (Jigga) Stans high up… What verse you gone put in front of me ? #Demons” (MC Hammer’s Twitter)
Hammer’s financial problems date back to the mid-1990’s.
Due to a fickle public growing bored with his positive message in previous albums during the rise of gangsta rap, as well as excessive spending while supporting friends and family, Hammer became $13 million in debt. He would go on to explain in Inside Out (1995) that he felt many of his so-called friends he staffed used and betrayed him and had contributed to a majority of his financial loss (best explained in the song “Keep On” from this album). He would also claim this again on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2009. Because of dwindling album sales and a lavish lifestyle, Hammer eventually filed for bankruptcy in April 1996. (Wikipedia)
Check out “So Appalled” below: