Rapper turned preacher MC Hammer was arrested on Thursday after he was charged with obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties in Dublin, California.
MC Hammer, 50, who legally changed his name from Stanley Kirk Burrell, was booked into Santa Rita Jail on Thursday night before bring cited and released, KTVU TV Oakland reported.
He was arrested after a verbal altercation between him and a policeman at a local shopping centre.
MC Hammer took to Twitter on Friday and then again on Saturday to explain his side of the incident, suggesting he was unfairly treated because he is African American.
“Sometimes in life you choose to <<Fight>> and other times the <<Fight>> chooses you. Dignity is not a crime,” he posted after his release.
According to the star the incident started when a “chubby Elvis looking dude was tapping on my car window, I rolled down the window and he said, <<Are you on parole or probation?>>”.
“While I was handing him my ID he reached in my car and tried to pull me out the car but forgot he was on a steady donut diet.
“It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his whistle and yelled for help (MallCop)!!! But make no mistake he’s dangerous.”
MC Hammer was arrested on Thursday after he was charged with obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties in Dublin, California
MC Hammer explained he felt threatened and believes he was racially profiled.
“Only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge. I was citied [sic] for obstruction.
“I will now answer his question, contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy!!!”
MC Hammer, who now travels the world as a Christian preacher, said he was telling people about his experience so they can learn from it.
“Instead of being bitter, I’m taking the opportunity to make this a <<teachable moment>> and <<eye opener>> for my many friends & colleagues,” he tweeted on Saturday.
The rapper also revealed he had been subjected to medical tests when he was booked into jail.
“My biggest concern? What was it that they injected into my arm under the guise of a <<Skin Test>>?”
Ironically MC Hammer was on his way to San Quentin Jail as part of an inmate outreach program that helps inmates transition from incarceration to life post release.
“Disappointment? I was on my way to San Quentin Friday morning to congratulate a group of inmates in The Last Mile,” MC Hammer tweeted yesterday.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday refused to release the rapper’s mug shot, KTVU reported.
M.C. Hammer reveals that Whitney Houston’s father once tried to get the singers to marry in an exclusive interview with In the Mixx host Gina Glickman Giordan on Saturday.
M.C. Hammer says that while at Super Bowl XXV, where Whitney Houston gave her memorable rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, the late singer’s father, John, attempted to play match maker for the two stars.
“Whitney’s dad pulled me and Whitney in a room and said you know Hammer, you should really consider marrying Whitney. And, I said, I’d love to but I’m already married.”
M.C. Hammer reveals that Whitney Houston's father once tried to get the singers to marry
M.C. Hammer continued, saying: “I love my wife dearly but, I always laughed about that. Always a big fan of Whitney. I loved Whitney and miss her dearly.”
At the time, M.C. Hammer had just celebrated his five-year wedding anniversary with Stephanie Fuller, whom he wed in December 1985. The two remain a couple and have raised five children together.
M.C. Hammer made this revelation in Bridgehampton, New York at The Alexander Soros Foundation’s first annual public event, UNMASKED. The affair raised more than $150,000 to benefit Global Witness.
The 11th edition of the Golden Child of free music festivals, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011, has the theme Hazel Dickens: in loving memory.
Hazel Dickens, bluegrass singer, born on June 1, 1935, died at 75 on April 22, 2011 from pneumonia. Hazel Dickens and Doc Watson, 88, were two usual appearances at the festival, but this year Watson did not feel so well.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 honors Hazel Dickens.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 takes place in Speedway Meadow at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park from September 29 to October 2.
Strictly Bluegrass started in 2001 with only bluegrass music, and three years later it became a celebration of diverse music, food (vendors and picnicking) and community.
The festival brings to Bay Area bluegrass pioneers (Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley) soul men (Otis Clay), folk heroes (John Prine), country legends (Merle Haggard).
Legendary Doc Watson is missed at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011.(Photo:Jay Blakesberg)
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 gathers eighty-seven bands to play on six stages (Banjo, Rooster, Arrow, Star, Towers of Gold, Porch).
This year’s educational program takes place on September 29 as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days. In a fenced area middle school students enjoy MC Hammer and Poor Man’s Whiskey shows, and receive educational information about the month-long music celebration. The 10th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days (October 1 to October 31) invites musicians worldwide to participate to a message of hope and unity.
MC Hammer makes the kids dance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2010 (Photo: Jay Blakesberg)
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 brings Woods.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 lineup:
A.A. Bondy, Abigail Washburn, Alison Brown, AlofaSudden, The Band of Heathens, Bela Fleck & Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer, The Belle Brigade, Bill Kirchen & The Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods, Bill Orcutt, Blame Sally, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bob Mould, Bright Eyes, Brokedown in Bakersfield (featuring Nicki & Tim Bluhm, Scott Law, Lebo, Steve Adams & Dave Brogan), Broken Social Scene, Buckethead, Buddy Miller, Cass McCombs Band, Charlie Musselwhite, Chris Isaak, Conspiracy of Beards, Dark Star Orchestra, David Bromberg Quartet, Del McCoury & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Devil Makes Three, DeVotchKa, Dive Bar Dukes, Dr. John & The Lower 911, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Earl Scruggs, Elbow, Emmylou Harris, The Felice Brothers, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Flatlanders feat. Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock, Frank Fairfield, Gillian Welch, Gomez, Greensky Bluegrass, Guy Clark & Verlon Thompson, Hot Buttered Rum, Hugh Laurie, Irma Thomas, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, The Jayhawks, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Joe Purdy, John Prine, Jolie Holland, Jonathan Wilson, Justin Townes Earle, Kevin Welch & Kieran Kane & Fats Kaplin, Kris Kristofferson & Merle Haggard, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum w/ The Guest House Band, The Low Anthem, M. Ward, Maxim Ludwig & the Santa Fe Seven, MC Hammer, Mekons, Moonalice, Mother Hips, Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally and Their All-Star Band, Ollabelle, Otis Clay with special guest Chick Rodgers, Over The Rhine, P.M.W., Patty Griffin, Punch Brothers, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Reckless Kelly, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, River Whyless, Robert Earl Keen, Robert Plant & The Band of Joy, Robyn Hitchcock, Ruthie Foster, Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Seamus Kennedy, Seldom Scene, Simon Joyner, South Memphis String Band, Southern Culture On The Skids, Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer, The Swanson Family Band, Those Darlins, Thurston Moore, Wendy Bird, Woods, The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Zigaboo Modeliste – King of the Funky Drums.
Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) performs at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011.
Robert Plant, former Led Zeppelin singer, plays with Patti Griffin on Saturday and with Buddy Miller on Sunday.
F. Warren Hellman, co-founder of Hellman & Friedman LLC, performs on Saturday with the Wronglers and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
Pete Sears appears with his jam band, Moonalice. He is a former member of Jefferson Starship and said Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and other psychedelic bands had played free Golden Gate Park shows during the 1960s.
Peter Sears and Moonalice sing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011.
Over 600,000 people attended the festival last year and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 is expected to gathered around 1 million. Strictly Bluegrass 2001 was attended by 20,000 persons.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (HSB) is a family-friendly festival. Children and on-leash dogs are welcome, no camping allowed, no alcohol is sold, but visitors can bring their own.
Potluck Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is an communal healthy food event held on September 30, the attendees bring food and offer it to their neighbors.
The Nighttime events require tickets and features music (The Jayhawks on Friday), film and wines of Silver Oak Cellars.
Warren Hellman and the Wronglers play at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011. (Photo: Krista Martin)
“There’s only one person at the end of this festival who says, ‘Check, please,’ and that’s Warren Hellman. So far he hasn’t told me no,” said Dawn Holliday, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass co-producer.
Hellman received IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2007, was named University of Arizona 2008 Executive of the Year, Executive of the Year Luncheon by the Eller College of Management. He competes in endurance horseback riding and plays the 5-string banjo.
“People keep saying thank you, thank you, but this is the world’s most selfish gift. To spend three days with people I adore and musicians I’m nuts about, it’s an unbelievable mitzvah to be in a position to do this,” the billionaire told The Press Democrat last year.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 has an app available in the Apple and Android app stores.