Let’s touch this!

MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This [Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em!] | 1990 | Hip-Hop

[expand title=”Lyrics”]U can’t touch this
U can’t touch this
U can’t touch this (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
U can’t touch this (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
U can’t touch this

My, my, my, my music hits me so hard
Makes me say oh my Lord
Thank you for blessing me
With a mind to rhyme and two hyped feet
Feels good when you know you’re down
A super dope homeboy from the Oaktown
And I’m known as such
And this is a beat uh u can’t touch

(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
I told you homeboy, u can’t touch this
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Yeah that’s how we’re livin’ and you know, u can’t touch this
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Look in my eyes man, u can’t touch this
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
You know let me bust the funky lyrics, u can’t touch this

Fresh new kicks and pants
You got it like that now you know you wanna dance
So move out of your seat
And get a fly girl and catch this beat
While it’s rollin’ hold on
Pump a little bit and let me know it’s going on
Like that, like that
Cold on a mission so fall on back
Let ’em know that you’re too much
And this is a beat uh u can’t touch

(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Yo I told you, u can’t touch this
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Why you standing there man, u can’t touch this
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Yo sound the bell school is in sucker, u can’t touch this

Give me a song or rhythm
Making ’em sweat that’s what I’m giving ’em
Now they know
You talk about the Hammer when you’re talking ‘bout a show
That’s hyped and tight
Singers are sweatin’ so pass them a wipe
Or a tape to learn
What it’s gonna take in the 90’s to burn
The charts legit
Either work hard or you might as well quit

(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
That’s word because you know
U can’t touch this (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
U can’t touch this (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Break it down!
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Stop! Hammer time!

Go with the flow it is said
If you can’t move to this then you probably are dead
So wave your hands in the air
Bust a few moves run your fingers through your hair
This is it for a winner
Dance to this and you’re gonna get thinner
Now move slide your rump
Just for a minute let’s all do the bump

(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Bump bump bump yeah, u can’t touch this
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Look man, u can’t touch this
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
You’ll probably get hyped boy ’cause you know you can’t, u can’t touch this
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Ring the bell school’s back in, break it down!
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Stop! Hammer time!
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Oh-oh oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh) u can’t touch this
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh) u can’t touch this
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh) u can’t touch this
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh) break it down!
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Stop! Hammer time!

Every time you see me, that Hammer’s just so hype
I’m dope on the floor and I’m magic on the mic
Now why would I ever stop doing this
With others makin’ records that just don’t hit
I toured around the world from London to The Bay
It’s Hammer go Hammer MC Hammer Yo Hammer and the rest can go and play

U can’t touch this (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
U can’t touch this (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
U can’t touch this (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Yeah, u can’t touch this
I told you, u can’t touch this (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Too hype can’t touch this
Get me outta here, u can’t touch this
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)[/expand]


Yeah.
I went there.

It’s mixing 80s and 90s influences and simple, pure gonzoness of both eras (Or, rather, you can see the change from 80s to 90s through the video).

Also, Hammer-pants!

Also, Also! This is one of those songs that influenced pop-culture of the next 21 years to come. It’s still going strong. You can still look at a random stranger, point at them and shout: “Stop! Hammertime!” and chances are very good that they’ll respond with “Can’t Touch This!”, and then you’ll both beat-box Rick James’ “Superfreak” beats.

It also (I really didn’t want to put three also’s after each other) won the first Grammy for “Best Rap Solo Performance” in 1991, which didn’t even EXIST before that.

It’s also a wonderful song to start a week.

And, again, I’ve broken with my general “No 1990/1999 Songs” policy.
And then I though to myself: “Eh! Fuck it.” I managed over 30 days worth of 90s only content and now I really like and look forward to writing a post daily. Sooo… Today I announce that I’m extending the focus of this feature to “A Song A Day, Every Year’s Welcome!”. Because, frankly, I was feeling somewhat stifled as I want to go back to the 80s and 70s and peek into the 00s to showcase songs that were (and still are) important to myself and my development as a person.

So, from tomorrow onwards, you can look forward to a much broader selection of songs. I WILL continue to showcase 90s songs and their importance on shaping the cultural, pop-cultural and sub-cultural zeitgeist of the 1990s, but I will also delve much deeper into how certain songs, genres and artists have shaped me, personally, independent from any time-constraints.

Until then… Enjoy some vintage Hammer action!
It’s bound to raise your spirits.

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