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He grew up poor with his mother (a secretary) and eight siblings in a small apartment in East Oakland.
He recalled that six children were crammed into a three-bedroom housing project apartment.
The Burrells would also frequent thoroughbred horse races, eventually becoming owners and winners of several graded stakes.
In the Oakland Coliseum parking lot the young Burrell would sell stray baseballs and dance accompanied by a beatboxer. Finley saw the 11-year-old doing splits and hired him as a clubhouse assistant and batboy as a result of his energy and flair.
As a result, he has created and produced his own acts including Oaktown's 3.5.7, Special Generation, Analise, DRS, B Angie B, Stanley Kirk Burrell was born on March 30, 1962 in Oakland, California.
His father was a professional poker player and gambling casino manager (at Oaks Card Club's cardroom), as well as warehouse supervisor.
"I decided the next album would be more musical," he says.
The fact that the record has reached this level indicates the genre is growing." M. Hammer was very good friends with Arsenio Hall (as well as a then-unknown teen named Robert Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, despite later rumors that there was a "beef" between the two rappers which was addressed during the height of both their careers on Hall's show, and who he would later reunite with in a 2009 concert in Salt Lake City, Utah).
(who would later become Hammer's business manager) Hell, our chief executive, the guy that ran our team, uh, that communicated [with] Charlie Finley, the top man there, was a 13-year old kid.
I nicknamed him "Hammer," because he looked like Hank Aaron [whose nickname was "The Hammer"]. I don't want you to have a hat that says "A's" on it.
It didn't take long for Capitol to recoup its investment.
Once signed to Capitol Records, Hammer re-issued his first record (a revised version of Feel My Power) with additional tracks added and sold over 2 million copies.Bust It spawned Bustin' Records, the independent label of which Hammer was CEO.