“U Can’t Touch This” is MC Hammer’s 1990 hit signature song, from his album Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em. The album sold more than 10 million copies, due primarily to this single, and gaining multi-platinum certifications from the RIAA, and other Recording Industries.
The song received its debut live performance on a late 1989 episode of The Arsenio Hall Show. The lyrics describe the rapper as having “toured around the world, from London to the Bay” and as being “magic on the mic”, which Hammer says combines with Rick James’ “beat that you can’t touch”. It secured the Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best Rap Solo Performance in 1991, a brand new category at the time. The song was a huge success chart wise: it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was also a big success in other parts of the world, peaking at #1 in Australia, the Netherlands and Sweden, and #3 on the UK singles chart.No Comments