When MC Hammer sampled, he wasn't subtle. On "Pray," he raps over the track for "When Doves Cry
" by Prince, creating a hip-hop version of the song with most elements from the original intact. He did the same thing with "U Can't Touch This
," which was based on "Super Freak
" by Rick James.
Both songs were part of his 1990 breakthrough album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em
, which sold over 10 million copies in America and made him a sensation.
With "U Can't Touch This," it was later revealed that Hammer didn't clear the sample and later reached a settlement with Rick James. Prince rarely authorized his music for these kind of uses, so it's likely Hammer took the "pray
for forgiveness" approach to this one as well, likely turning over most, if not all, of the royalties from the song to Prince.