MC Hammer and gangster politics

Saw this analogy about John Huntsman and the Republican presidential primary field.

Huntsman is like a rapper who isn’t gangsta, doesn’t want to be gangsta, and knows that some of the people making their name on gangsta don’t want you to know that they have problems with “authenticity.” The problem is, Huntsman is like M.C. Hammer—a family-friendly rapper with mass-market dance moves and baggy pants—and he’s certain that, sooner or later, people are going to get tired of all the songs about gangbanging, and what they’ll want instead is … him and his G-rated rhymes and his dance moves and clown pants. Because that was popular before gangsta.

Political calculations aside, the problem with the analogy is that MC Hammer did try to go gangster when he moved to Deathrow Records, dropped “MC” from his name, and released The Funky Headhunter. Young MC went gangster, too, Tone Loc was never G rated, would Kid N’ Play work in the analogy?

via Balloon Juice.

MC Hammer and gangster politics

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