Thursday, March 22, 2012
Anybody Whose Favorite MC Hammer Song IS NOT "They Put Me In The Mix" - I Have Grave Doubts As To Your Taste In Music
What a showcase for his whole posse - and holy s! - greatest 2Big solo turn ever! If you're not aware of this, let me tell you 2Big is the most accurately-rated "hype man" in rap or rap history. As attested by his remarkable solo album, He's King Of The Hype. But here he shines in his original role, a humble man whose boast is all for his pal's glory.
Ah, the hype-man dynamic is truly one of the peculiar glories of rap culture! Where else can a practice of a dude yelling about how great he is evolve into a practice of a dude yelling about how great he is, then stepping aside for breath only to yield the spotlight to a second dude, also yelling about how great the first dude is.* And then there's this priceless exchange, and the way it demonstrates the visceral power of a good, ringing truism: "I am 2BIG!! And he's..." background mob vocal: "hammer! hammer!" MC Hammer: "...I am!"
There's also this weird paranoid vibe I'm picking up from the whole song, like "who are they" "why did they put me in the mix? Who benefits?" - but maybe that's just me.
THEY PUT ME IN THE MIX!!