30 Years Ago, ‘Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ’Em’ Changed Everything

But what was it like for Gen X hip-hop fans in 1990? We convened an old heads’ summit to discuss.

MC Hammer on the Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago, Illinois, August 14, 1990.
MC Hammer on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ in Chicago, Illinois, August 14, 1990. Photo: Paul Natkin/Getty Images