This was MC Hammer’s boyhood home. He also lived in North Oakland, near where the Black
Panthers’ headquarters was. Hammer told me that,
starting from when he was 8 or 9, he used to walk the 7 miles down to the
Coliseum, to do his ticket hustle, sometimes every day. Nowadays, you wouldn’t
even think about something like that. But back then, Oakland
was real community-oriented. It was safe for a little kid to be out on the
streets by himself.