Rappers typically perform with hype men, who keep the crowd’s energy up by waving around towels and feeding the audience granola bars. Get pumped with this GrouponLive deal to see MC Hammer featuring Tone Lōc at the Riviera Royale Pavilion in the Riviera Hotel and Casino on Sunday, December 30, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Choose between the following reserved seating options:
- For $25, you get one ticket for general admission in the reserved section (up to a $49.04 value, including all fees).
- For $31, you get one ticket for seating in the preferred section (up to a $66.44 value, including all fees).<p>
Too Legit to Quit. The title of MC Hammer’s third and arguably most famous studio album has become a humorous catchphrase over the years. But it’s also served as a mantra for the hip-hop veteran. At age 50, he remains productive and relevant, recently joining pop phenom PSY at the American Music Awards for a duet of the ubiquitous “Gangnam Style.” At the song’s climax, he burst onstage and led PSY and a cadre of backup dancers through the typewriter key steps of his famed “Hammer Dance.” For those not familiar with the ’90s icon, it was a jaw-dropping introduction. For those who know him as a trailblazing rapper from his music, as a pastor from his ministry, as a cartoon superhero from Hammerman, or as himself from A&E’s Hammertime, it was like rediscovering a beloved pair of parachute pants in their dresser.
For this special New Year’s weekend celebration, Hammer renews his vow not to “hurt ‘em” in an excitable performance of greatest hits. Like an expert Whole Foods Market shopper, the MC shows off his penchant for picking prime samples in Grammy-winning jams that stand the test of time and call upon familiar hooks. The groove of Rick James’s “Super Freak” turns involuntary muscles voluntary during the global smash single “U Can’t Touch This,” and “Pray” transforms Prince’s “When Doves Cry” into a gospel number fit for running-man dances. Commanding the stage with an evangelical preacher’s passion, Hammer doles out the classics with crafty wordplay, stunning choreography, and the finesse of a master showman. Fellow hip-hop godfather Tone Lōc starts the show by lending his trademark gravelly voice to liqueur hits such as “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina.” The entire evening is emceed by comedian and television legend Jimmie “JJ” Walker of Good Times fame, who tickles ribs with his humorous jabs and frightens security guards with his shouts of “Dy-no-mite!”