I have a habit of relaxing by sitting down on the couch, tuning the TV to the start of the movie channels, and scanning through until I find something I want to watch. Because I'm going to be watching for an indeterminate amount of time that almost certainly is less than the length of a movie, and because I'm likely to be distracted by kids, dogs, et al., I use special rules to decide what to watch. I only watch a movie that:
- I have already seen.
- I don't care if I ever see (in its entirety).
So, on Sunday morning I tuned into Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story, which turned out to be both entertaining and educational. From this movie and follow-up study using the Google, I learned much about Hammer:
- When he was hired as a little kid by Charlie Finley, owner of the Oakland A's, his main job was apparently snitching on the players (which wasn't mentioned in the movie).
- He was interested in church and preaching before he became a big star.
- His $12 million house (no longer his) is in the Fremont hills south of Oakland, and you can see it from I-880.
- After he was done with Capitol Records, he was signed by Death Row and recorded with Tupac Shakur, but nothing was ever released.
- He spent it as fast as he earned it, or maybe even faster.
- He now lives (simply) in Tracy and (inevitably) blogs.
If you too would like to experience the cinematic excellence of Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story, note that it's still airing occasionally on VH1.