MC Hammer suggests he was a victim of racial profiling when he was stopped and arrested by police in the Northern California city of Dublin.
The '90s rap star tweeted on Saturday that an officer approached him in his car and asked "Are you on parole or probation?"
Hammer, 50, says that as he handed over his ID, the officer reached inside the car and tried to pull him out.
"It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his whistle and yelled for help," Hammer tweeted. "But make no mistake he's dangerous...only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge. I was citied for obstruction."
Dublin police Lt. Herb Walters told the Oakland Tribune that Hammer, who was born Stanley Burrell, was arrested Thursday for investigation of obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting an officer.
He declined to comment to KTVU about Hammer's version of the arrest.
Hammer tweeted: "Instead of being bitter, I'm taking the opportunity to make this a 'teachable moment' and 'eye opener' for my many friends & colleagues."
Hammer had hits with "Too Legit to Quit" and "Can't Touch This" in the '90s.