Monday, November 19, 2012

KOREAN MUSIC: PSY Performs with MC Hammer at 2012 AMAs

MC Hammer joined PSY on American Music Awards finale tonight and their mashup of "Gangnam Style" and "2 Legit 2 Quit" (Too Legit to Quit) brought the house down.  PSY once said when he was a Berklee student in Boston, he had so much fun dancing in the club instead of studying - such students or people in general are vulgarly called Nallari in Korean (lol) - and I don't think it was a waste of time for him. Ever. Look, he is one heck of a swagger! And it was great to see you again, Mr. Hammer! (Or should I call you Pastor?)  Actually, I'm quite positive that it was PSY's idea to get Hammer back to the stage.

[HD] At 4:38, you can see Joe Hahn of Linkin Park

(UPDATE) Yeah~~ I was right it was PSY's idea!  Watch him explain why he wanted Hammer to do the performance with him:

Read Related Articles:

MTV Article: "Psy, MC Hammer Unite At AMAs, Send America Into Gallop-Like Frenzy"
Korean rapper Psy was the icing on the cake at the 2012 AMAs.... MC Hammer hinted that the two might work together again. “He’s got the whole world dancing,” he said and compared Psy to James Brown, Michael Jackson and himself.” After the AMAs, Psy said to the press, “That was awesome. We experienced a miracle tonight.” (Excerpt from the Examiner Article, Justin Bieber wins big, Psy steals the show at the 2012 AMAs, by Jackie Kass)
No 1. PSY & MC HAMMER:  P!nk's performance was braver and harder to pull off, but PSY's feverish rendition of "Gangnam Style" accomplished what so few award show performances can: a palpable sense of excitement. The combination of the K-pop star and MC Hammer, who shimmied onstage to mash up "Gangnam" with his 1991 hit "2 Legit 2 Quit," was a stroke of genius that very few could have seen coming -- although PSY's baggy pants might have been a sly tip-off. Furthermore, "Gangnam Style" and "2 Legit 2 Quit" sounded incredible when paired together, with PSY's international dance anthem given a stronger backbone by Hammer's throwback barks. The PSY performance was always going to be a highlight of the 2012 American Music Awards, but upping the ante with MC Hammer made the sort of water-cooler fodder that doesn't happen often enough. (Excerpt from the Article: AMAs 2012: Top 5 Best Performances, by Jason Lipshutz)
Greatest Ending Ever: Don't lie, you know the dance—Psy got the crowd going with "Gangnam Style." And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, MC Hammer got on stage and they mixed the Korean dance song with "Too Legit to Quit." (Excerpt from the E!online Article, 2012 American Music Awards: Best & Worst From the Show, Plus Full Winner's List, by Bruna Nessif) 

Dance Practice: Gangnam Style/ 2 Legit 2 Quit Mashup


  1. i think seriously Psy is the better dancer. i can't take my eyes off him

  2. (Hilee Enamored)

    Thanks for posting that video. From what I've read in various news blurbs, that performance was the highlight of the whole AMA show.

    It was great to see Psy hammering out those moves next to the Hammer. It was kind of a breakout chance for Psy to ratchet up recognition for his talent.

    Everyone knows how good his dancing is for the Gangnam Style horse dance, but his dancing in this show put people on notice that he's got a lot more in him than the Gangnam moves.

    Things like that can make the difference between being a one-hit wonder like the Macarena and being around for a long time. I think Psy is going to be in the spotlight for a long time. I can imagine that a lot of people saw this performance and were thinking that there's a lot more to this guy than just Gangnam Style and they want to see what that "more" is.

  3. Wahyimo, absolutely better but I think we have to give MR. Hammer some credit - he's already 50 and can still dance a zillion times better than I do! haha

    Hilee Enamored, yes, He's got so much to show the world and we ain't seen nothing yet! And I'm really happy for him that he has Scooter. :)

  4. (Hilee Enamored)

    The Hammer was definitely a dancing force to be reckoned with in his prime--and even now can still put most performers half his age to shame. I think Psy is defintely at the prime-time Hammer time level now, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that he yet surpasses what Hammer was doing back in the day.

    Hammer himself put Psy at the same level, saying that he included Psy in a pantheon of four greats who have moved the planet with their dancing, namely: James Brown, Michael Jackson, MC Hammer and Psy. (Note that MC Hammer wasn't shy about including himself in the list. ;o) )

  5. Hilee Enamored, I know, I know, isn't Mr. Hammer just hilarious and adorable? When I read the part he mentioned his own name, I couldn't help giggling. :)

  6. You are right Psy brought down the house at the AMA's. I loved watching him. He is totally amazing. I love his work, his personality and his spirit. Quite something. I love your blog. Keep up the great work. Thanks for the videos.

  7. Anonym @10:33 AM, thank you for the compliment and am glad to hear you enjoyed the videos. You're always welcome to my blog! :)


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