Uncle Sam doesn't forget or forgive. MC Hammer is finding that out the hard way.
Hammer, real name Stanley Burrell, is in deep debt with the U.S. government to the tune of $779,585 according to TMZ. The government has filed a lawsuit against the rapper in an attempt to collect the debt.
Hammer sold more than 50 million records worldwide, mainly during the height of his success in the early 90's. The rapper accumulated massive wealth. He reportedly made, then blew as much as $30 million dollars due to bad investments and a $12 million dollar crib he had built for himself. After falling $13 million dollars in debt, Hammer filed for bankruptcy in 1996.
The government says the rapper owes unpaid taxes for the years 1996 and 1997. They are demanding any money he makes from concert appearances go straight to them until the debt is satisfied. Given that Hammer is not exactly a hot name in the streets right now, you would be right to assume it is going to take quite a while for him to repay his debt.