Watch Credit to YouTube user oldschool1375 for uploading the video. I just added a CD quality version of the song.
I used a bit of the live audio at the beginning and end because Hammer deserves the ovation.
Too Legit to Quit (stylized as 2 Legit 2 Quit) is a song by rap artist MC Hammer (whose name was shortened to Hammer) released in 1991 as the title track and first single of his third album of the same name. It proved to be successful in the U.S., peaking at the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, at #5. The single also peaked at #60 on the UK Singles Chart. Hit songs This is the Way We Roll and Too Legit to Quit were performed by Hammer on Saturday Night Live. Along with Addams Groove, and other songs, 2 Legit 2 Quit was featured in the film The Addams Family in 1991.
The music video (directed by Rupert Wainwright) for the song begins with an impatient crowd waiting for MC Hammer to perform, while Hammer has a lengthy conversation with James Brown, who calls Hammer Godson and enlists him to get the glove of Michael Jackson. Brown endows Hammer with several blasts of energy, before sending Hammer off to perform. The performance is high budget and laden with impressive pyrotechnics. The video ends with a purported Jackson (seen only from behind) having seen the performance and conceding Hammer to be the superior dancer, while doing the 2 Legit 2 Quit hand gesture. Hammer personally spoke with Jackson on the phone about the video, with Jackson giving his approval of it. This story was recently mentioned on The Wendy Williams Show (July 27, 2009) when MC was a guest.
The songs music video features several athletes. These athletes can be seen in the following order: José Canseco, Isiah Thomas, Kirby Puckett, Jerry Rice, Rickey Henderson, Deion Sanders, Andre Rison, Chris Mullin, Roger Clemens, Roger Craig, Ronnie Lott, Lynette Woodard,The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, David Robinson, and former Atlanta Falcons coach Jerry Glanville. The extended full-length version of the video also has James Belushi within it.
The video was number 5 in MAX musics Worlds Worst Ever Video countdown and number 1 in its Forgotten Video Clips countdown in 2008. It was also voted number 24 on MTVs all-time 25 Lame countdown in 1999. However, it has been ranked as one of the most expensive videos ever produced, and a viewers favorite by VH1.
A hand gesture became popular as a result of the title song and video which was also shown in the Addams Groove movie video and on MTV. It involved forming the number two for Too, an L for Legit, two for to, and a cut motion for Quit with the hand and fingers (as seen in the video).