“U Can’t Touch This” was released as the lead-off single for M.C. Hammer’s 1990 album, Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em. The single was released on January 13, 1990, and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song samples the opening riff of Rick James’ “Super Freak.”
I was in the ninth grade when this single was released. It’s a catchy song, so it’s no wonder I liked it the first time I heard it on the radio. The lyrics may be a little on the cheesy side, but the music is pretty solid. Of course, the Rick James sample is one of the memorable parts of the song. 25 years later, “U Can’t Touch This” is still a guilty pleasure of mine. Of all of the songs that I know by M.C. Hammer, this one is my favorite.
The music video can be summed up in two words: “Hammer Pants.” Just kidding. It’s a video of M.C. Hammer and other people dancing to the song in various locations. Unfortunately, the video looks rather dated and doesn’t stand the test of time. The clothing, hairstyles, cinematography, and effects in this video just scream early 1990s. Oh well. It’s still a fun video that worked well at the time for such an upbeat danceable track.