MC Hammer Sued By Uncle Sam

Dec 15, 2011 - LegalZoom News Source
Rapper MC Hammer was recently sued by the U.S. government for failure to pay back taxes.

Rapper MC Hammer's back taxes have caught up with him. The rapper, famous for the song "U Can't Touch This," recently had a lawsuit filed against him by the U.S. government, alleging he owes more than $700,000 in back taxes.

The rapper, whose real name is Stanley Kirk Burrell, allegedly owes $779,585 in back taxes, which he accumulated between 1996-1997. Burrell filed for bankruptcy in 1996 after compiling a debt of $13 million.

The rapper has been known for his lavish spending habits, including a 40-member entourage and private jet.

"I didn't just take money and say, 'I want to be a blessing to myself,'" the rapper said, according to the Huffington Post. "I took my money and employed 200 people in my community. I had a payroll of a million dollars a month at times."

Burrell has tried to resurrect his career with new album releases and other ventures on TV, but has failed to reach the level of fame he attained earlier in his career.

On his Twitter page, the rapper denied allegations that he owes any money.