MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This” (1990, #8 US)

November 10, 2022

“U Can’t Touch This” was the most-played single on the MTV network in 1990. The song by MC Hammers is an artwork that took a different direction away from his usual rap style. He included dance music elements to the 1981 hit song. 

The American rapper released the song along with “They Put Me in The Mix” and “Have You Seen Her” in Hammer’s Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em album.

Song Facts:

  • “U Can’t Touch This” sampled Rick James’s popular song “Super Freak.” 
  • MC Hammer’s song got a positive reception from the MTV network that boosted sales for “U Can’t Touch This.” 
  • Ironically, Rick’s opening riff could not get airplay by the network. 
  • Alonzo Miller shares songwriting credit with Hammers for this masterpiece. 
  • The song won the best R&B Grammy Award in 1991.
  • “U Can’t Touch This” is the first rap song nominated for the record of the year Grammy Award.
  • The song charted at number 1 in the R&B/ Hip-Hop single Billboard Hot.
  • The song peaked top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It stayed at number 8 for weeks.
  • “U Can’t Touch This” was the most played song on the MTV network. The song was nominated as the best rap video in the 1991 MTV Video Music Award.

Lyrics 

You can’t touch this

You can’t touch this

You can’t touch this

You can’t touch this

My, my, my, my

(You can’t touch this)

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”

It 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, you can’t touch

I told you, homeboy

You can’t touch this

Yeah, that’s how we livin’, and ya know

You can’t touch this

Look in my eyes, man

You can’t touch this

Yo, let me bust the funky Iyrics

You can’t touch this

Fresh new kicks and pants

You got it like that

Now you know you wanna dance

So, move outta your seat

And get a fly girl

And catch this beat

While it’s rolling

Hold on

Pump a little bit and let ’em 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, they can’t touch

Yo, I told you

You can’t touch this

Why you standing there, man?

You can’t touch this

Yo, sound the bell, school’s in, sucker

You can’t touch this

Give me a song or rhythm

Making them sweat, that’s what I’m giving them

Now, they know

You talk about the Hammer

When you’re talkin ’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 chart’s legit

Either work hard or you might as well quit

That’s word, because, you know

You can’t touch this

You can’t touch this

Break it down!

Stop, Hammer time!

“Go with the flow”, it is said

If you can’t groove 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

(Bump, bump, bump)

Yeah

You can’t touch this

Look, man

You can’t touch this

You’ll probably get hyped, boy, ’cause you know you can’t

You can’t touch this

Ring the bell, school’s back in

Break it down!

Stop, Hammer time!

You can’t touch this

You can’t touch this

You can’t touch this

Break it down!

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 making 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”

You can’t touch this

You can’t touch this

Yeah

You can’t touch this

I told you

You can’t touch this

Too hype, you can’t touch this

Yo, we’re outta here

You can’t touch this

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