MC Hammer's Music Catalog Sold For $2.7 Million


TN startup EverGreen Copyright has acquired the music catalog of MC Hammer from

the trustee of the rapper's bankruptcy estate for $2.7 million. Evergreen,

which was launched six-months ago by industry veterans Joel A. Katz, David K.

Schulhof, and Richard Perna, now controls over 40,000 copyrights. "We

made tremendous progress in only six months," said David K. Schulhof, co-CEO

of Evergreen. "The MC Hammer catalog brings some of thebest selling and

most popular rap songs of all time to Evergreen's catalog."Songs

in MC Hammer's catalog include "Turn This Mutha Out," from the rapper's

breakout double platinum release Let's Get It Started, as well as "Too Legit

To Quit," "Pray" and one of rap's biggest selling singles, "U

Can't Touch This," which helped the rapper's 1990 release Please Hammer Don't

Hurt 'Em to sales in excess of 10 million copies."We

anticipate that many songs in the MC Hammer catalog will emerge as a perfect fit

for licensing in movies, television shows, and corporate advertising," Schulhof

added. MC

Hammer filed for bankruptcy protection in 1996, with debts in excess of $14 million,

despite raking in over $33 million in 1991. Some

of the rapper's assets included a luxurious mansion valued between $12 and $20

million dollars, 17 race cars, a Boeing 727, a Kentucky Derby race horse and a

monthly payroll of over $500,000.Evergreen

also acquired producer/publisher Jerry Crutchfield's Crutchfield/Glitterfish catalog,

which includes hits from Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, George Straight and others.


company also owns the catalogs of Rykomusic/Warlock Music and the music catalog

of hit R&B producer Teddy Riley. In

related news, MC Hammer, who owns the rights to his new material, recently released

an album on iTunes titled Look3X. The album is expected in retail stores