The former MC Hammer resurfaced with a new musical identity and rap approach on this 1994 album. Getting help from new-school producers and debuting a video on The Arsenio Hall Show, Hammer
's sound was leaner, his rapping tougher and more fluid, and his subject matter harder and less humorous. The results seemed to have worked; Funky Headhunter
peaked at number two on the R&B list, went gold, and remained in the Top 30 midway through the year.