West Coast rap veteran MC Hammer is making some less than friendly headlines this weekend as reports claim he owes nearly $1 million in back taxes to the government.
According to reports, Hammer Time owes handfuls of money dating back to the mid-1990’s.
MC Hammer just got touched in a big way by Uncle Sam … for failing to pay almost $800K in back taxes … according to court documents obtained by TMZ. The Feds sued Hammer, née Stanley K. Burrell, and his wife Stephanie … accusing them of stiffing the IRS to the tune of $798,033.48 on his ’96 and ’97 income taxes. Mind you, Hammer’s heyday was in the rear view mirror at that point — he released a greatest hits album in ’96, and after that … well, let’s just say there were zero pumps or bumps. And get this … according to the docs, every red cent Hammer’s LLC earns from now on has to go directly to the U.S. treasury to pay down his tab. (TMZ)
A few years ago, rap star Jay Z addressed Hammer misinterpreting lyrics he said related to his past money problems.
“I didn’t know that wasn’t on the table for discussion,” Jay laughingly told DJ Semtex. “I didn’t know I was the first person to ever say that? Am I? [laughs] I’m not, am I? I know I’ve heard that before, I didn’t think I was the first one to say it. I guess, you know when I say things, I think people believe me so much that they take it a different way. It’s not rap anymore at that point. I didn’t mean it. I said some great things about him in the [Decoded] book that I have coming out — he’s gonna be like, embarrassed. I said some really great things about him in the book and about people’s perception of him and how he’s from East Oakland. It is what it is. He took it the wrong way. I didn’t know I said anything wrong. I don’t know if I said a lie.” (DJ Semtex)
On Kanye West’s “So Appalled,” Jay raps about Hammer’s fall from fame and publicized bankruptcy.
“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”)
In response, Hammer released a diss music video called “Better Run Run” at Hov.
The track includes several lyrical references to the rapper, as well as an apparent lookalike. In one verse, MC Hammer raps: “Yo Jay I gotta reason to doubt, if I knock on your door would you come on out? “If I knock on your door that mean I’m knockin’ you out, if I knock on your door boy I’ll bust you in ya mouth.” (Gigwise)