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Oaktown’s 357

While riding on top of his domination of business rap in the later ’80s and early ’90s, MC Hammer branched his empire further by getting two of his seemingly endless entourage of dancers/stage-hanger-ons in to the studio. The effect was Oaktown’s 357, a lady duo some regarded as Hammer’s response to another extremely successful feminine rap group, Salt-N-Pepa. Riding on top of Hammer’s ever-so-marketable name, the group released Crazy & Loose for some industrial achievement, with “Juicy Gotcha Krazy” and “We ENJOY IT” both getting large radio rotation. But like all great empires ever sold, this too comes with an disappointed finishing. As Hammer’s reputation slid, so do the others of his entourage. Even though the duo released two even more records (1991’s Completely Packed and 1992’s Fila Treatment), these were hardly ever quite in a position to match the achievement of the initial, and silently disbanded in 1992.

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