In the spring of 1988, a 107.7 KSOL Radio DJ Tony Valera played the track "Let's Get It Started" in his mix-shows—a song in which he declared he was "second to none, from Doug E.Fresh, LL Cool J, or DJ Run"—after which the track began to gain popularity in clubs.Recording singles and selling them out of the trunk of his car, he marketed himself relentlessly. Hammer", he recorded his debut album, Feel My Power, which was produced between 19 and released independently in 1987 on his Oaktown Records label (Bustin').

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Remembered for his rapid rise to fame, Hammer is known for hit records (such as "U Can't Touch This" and "2 Legit 2 Quit"), flashy dance movements, choreography and eponymous Hammer pants. Prior to becoming ordained, Hammer signed with Suge Knight's Death Row Records by 1995.

Throughout his career, Hammer has managed his own recording business.

This rap hit was featured in Time–Life's CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.

"Son of the King" showed up on Hammer's debut album Feel My Power (1987), as well as the re-released version Let's Get It Started (1988).

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.

Sitting in a leopard-print bodysuit before a concert, he defended his style: "People were ready for something different from the traditional rap style.

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).

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.