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Ryan Tedder reveals how a song by ‘God-loving’ MC Hammer got him into hip hop


Growing up, OneRepublic lead singer Paul Ryan Tedder says he was only allowed to listen to Christian music. That is, until his mother let him listen to “Pray” by MC Hammer. Tedder says he leaped right to O.P.P., N.W.A., and Dr. Dre after getting a small taste of hip hop.