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Sir Mix-A-Lot

Inextricably linked with his pop culture touchstone "Baby Got Back," Sir Mix-A-Lot parlayed a gonzo tribute to women with large buttocks into hip-hop immortality, even despite his failure to score another hit of its magnitude. But even before he struck crossover gold, Sir Mix-A-Lot was one of rap's great D.I.Y. success stories. Coming from a city -- Seattle -- with barely any hip-hop scene to speak of, Mix-A-Lot co-founded his own record label, promoted his music himself, produced all his own tracks, and essentially pulled himself up by the proverbial American bootstraps. Even before "Baby Got Back," Mix-A-Lot was a platinum-selling album artist with a strong following in the hip-hop community, known for bouncy, danceable, bass-heavy tracks indebted to old-school electro. However, it took signing with Rick Rubin's Def American label -- coupled with an exaggerated, parodic pimp image -- to carry him into the mainstream. Perceived as a one-hit novelty, he found it difficult to follow his breakout success, but kept on recording, and even toured as part of a rap-rock supergroup called Subset, a collaboration with the Presidents of the United States of America.

Sir Mix-A-Lot was born Anthony Ray in Seattle on August 12, 1963. An eclectic music fan but a rabid hip-hop devotee, he was already actively rapping in the early '80s, and co-founded the Nastymix record label in 1983 with his DJ, Nasty Nes, who also hosted Seattle's first hip-hop radio show. His first single was 1987's "Posse on Broadway," which referred to a street in Seattle, not New York; it became a local hit, and paved the way for his first LP, 1988's Swass, which also featured the popular novelty "Square Dance Rap," and a Run-D.M.C.-style cover of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man," with backing by Seattle thrashers Metal Church. The video for "Posse on Broadway" landed some airplay on MTV, and became Sir Mix-A-Lot's first national chart single in late 1988; that in turn pushed Swass into the Top 20 of the R&B album chart, and by 1989, it had sold over a million copies. Also in 1989, Mix-A-Lot released his follow up album Seminar, which produced three charting singles in "Beepers," "My Hooptie," and "I Got Game"; while none were significant crossover hits with pop or R&B audiences, all performed well on the rap singles chart, and helped Seminar become Mix-A-Lot's second straight platinum album.

Financial disputes with Nastymix resulted in a fierce court battle and ended Mix-A-Lot's association with the label. Fortunately, Def American head Rick Rubin stepped in to offer him a major-label contract. Mix-A-Lot had long had a knack for mimicking (and mocking) the pimps he'd watched while growing up in Seattle, and adopted their visual style with Rubin's encouragement. He debuted for Def American with 1992's Mack Daddy, whose first single, "One Time's Got No Case," was a critique of racial profiling by police. It went virtually unheard, but the follow-up, "Baby Got Back," became a pop phenomenon virtually from the moment MTV aired its provocative video (which was eventually consigned to evening-hours only).

Seldom does a comic novelty song spark such a fierce cultural debate: no matter how ridiculous it sounded, "Baby Got Back" touched on highly sensitive, hot-button issues of race and sex with a cheerful, good-natured crudeness that was guaranteed to offend more than a few. Was it a token of appreciation for women whose body types were rarely given positive cultural attention, or just another sexist objectification? Was it an indictment of narrow, white-dictated beauty standards that left many typical black women (and the black men who loved them) out in the cold, or did it simply build up one type of woman by denigrating another? Feminists picketed Sir Mix-A-Lot concerts all across the country that summer, but despite their efforts, record buyers sided with the rapper: "Baby Got Back" spent five weeks atop the pop charts, selling over two million copies; it also pushed Mack Daddy into the Top Ten, and went on to win a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. Billboard magazine ranked it as the second biggest single of the year, behind only Boyz II Men's juggernaut "End of the Road."

With 1994's Chief Boot Knocka, Sir Mix-A-Lot tried to follow Mack Daddy -- and "Baby Got Back" in particular -- with a set of danceable party tunes that, like the strip-club anthem "Put 'Em on the Glass," often played up his obsession with the female form. Although it sold respectably among R&B audiences, the mainstream -- perhaps assuming they had already heard Mix-A-Lot's best shot -- virtually ignored it. Personnel shakeups at American Recordings preceded 1996's Return of the Bumpasaurus, ensuring that it ranked a very low promotional priority for the label. Mix-A-Lot dissolved his relationship with them, and spent several years off record -- partly for legal reasons, partly because of a simple frustration with the music industry in general.

During that time, he managed to hook up with the similarly frustrated members of the grunge/novelty band the Presidents of the United States of America. Mix-A-Lot had long been interested in rap-rock fusions -- in addition to his Metal Church collaboration, he'd also teamed up with Mudhoney on the Judgment Night soundtrack tune "Freak Momma" -- and started playing with PUSA in 1998. Eventually, they adopted the name Subset, and worked on some material in the studio; they also mounted a small-scale tour in 2000, but subsequently went their separate ways, partly owing to musical differences and partly to a lack of enthusiasm for the process of putting out a record. Some of their studio recordings were leaked over the Internet, but were never officially released. Solo again, Sir Mix-A-Lot signed with the small Artist Direct label and released his sixth album, Daddy's Home, in 2003; the lead single, "Big Johnson," was a satire of men who exaggerated their manhood, written at the behest of female fans who wanted equal treatment in Mix-A-Lot's sex rhymes. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Till Da Sun Comes Up

1. Remixed For Her Pleasure (Club Mix 102)

2. Remixed For Her Pleasure (Radio Edit 102)

3. What's Happenin' Sun

4. Till Da Sun C*ms Up

5. Can't Say No W/O Nutz (Vocal House 125)

6. Can't Say No W/O Nutz (Radio Edit 125)

7. Can't Say No W/O Nutz (House 125)

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Track List: Return Of The Bumpasaurus

1. You Can Have Her

2. Da Bomb

3. Buckin' My Horse

4. Mob Style

5. Top Ten List

6. Man U Luv Ta Hate

7. Bark Like You Want It

8. Bumpasaurus Cometh

9. Bumpasaurus

10. Denial

11. Aunt Thomasina

12. Jump On It

13. Aintsta

14. Sag

15. Message To A Drag Artist

16. Lead Yo Horse

17. Playthang

18. Funk Fo Da Blvd.

19. Slide

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Track List: Return Of The Bumpasaurus (Explicit)

3. Buckin' My Horse

4. Mob Style

5. Top 10 List

8. Bumpasaurus Cometh

9. Bumpasaurus

11. Aunt Thomasina

12. Jump On It

14. Sag

16. Lead Yo Horse

19. Slide

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Track List: Chief Boot Knocka

1. Sleepin' Wit My Fonk

2. Let It Beaounce

3. Ride

4. Take My Stash

5. Brown Shuga

6. What's Real

7. Double Da Pleasure

8. Put 'em On The Glass

9. Chief Boot Knocka'

10. Don't Call Me Da Da

11. Nasty Dog

12. Monsta' Mack

13. Just Da Pimpin' In Me

14. I Checks My Bank

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Track List: Mack Daddy (Explicit)

1. One Time's Got No Case

2. Mack Daddy

3. Baby Got Back

4. Swap Meet Louie

5. Seattle Ain't Bullshittin'

6. Lockjaw

7. The Boss Is Back

8. Testarossa

9. A Rapper's Reputation

10. Sprung On The Cat

11. The Jack Back

12. I'm Your New God

13. No Holds Barred

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Track List: Seminar (Explicit)

1. Seminar

2. Beepers

3. National Anthem

4. My Hooptie

5. Gortex

6. The ((Peek-A-Boo)) Game

7. I Got Game

8. I'll Roll You Up

9. Something About My Benzo

10. My Bad Side

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Track List: Swass (Explicit)

1. Buttermilk Biscuits (Keep On Square Dancin')

2. Posse On Broadway

3. Gold

4. Swass

6. Attack On The Stars

8. Hip Hop Soldier

9. Iron Man

10. Bremelo

11. Square Dance Rap

12. Romantic Interlude

13. F The Bs

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donnyzavala
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donnyzavala
Your song are so cool I love big butt it rock:)$$$$$$
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What?!?
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jalamcc
Baby got back
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Workout music
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Classic like disco

.Where's disco music ? Forgotten

like hippity hop rap ?

history shows certain lifestyles

end in forgotrnness , not

forgiveness
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⚡️♦️⚡️♦️⚡️♦️
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Lived life / all those claiming

big things @ aren't God

suffer like a mutha frisking ho
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop. If you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 144 minutes. When you're done press the space bar and your crush's name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so cool it actually works
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Don't read this. You will be missed by the love of your life. Now that you've started dont stop reading this is freaking. But if you read this and ingnore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 144 minutes. When done press the space bar your chruches name will appear in big letters
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Don't read this. You will be missed by the love of your life. Now that you've started dont stop reading this is freaking. But if you read this and ingnore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 144 minutes. When done press the space bar your chruches name will appear in big letters
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Don't read this. You will be missed by the love of your life. Now that you've started dont stop reading this is freaking. But if you read this and ingnore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 144 minutes. When done press the space bar your chruches name will appear in big letters
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOUVE STARTED READING THIS DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINS. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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And I can't no lie
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This song reminds me of friends when Ross sings the song to Emma.
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LOOK AT HER BUT SO GROSS AND ROUND!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! I LIKE BIG BUTS!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I like big butts!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ ¢ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ ¢ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
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Sir Mixalot is Swass
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brailledot
I love you
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brailledot
Nice body and private area penis
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No!!!.....lo o k up the definition, they are totally different!!!
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Is Swass the original term for Swag?
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This song was heard a lot - only hit by

this man
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redblood4554 3
This song is the best! This song is the real rap thats acctually fun to listen to.
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barrettsagar
I love your smile and the fact that you have any questions please feel better soon as
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Rolling with your posse is the only way to go!. I dig that.
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This was back when rap was rap
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favarela21
Cause the rock man got e'm and the butts just dropped
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Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
Say your name
Say a school day
Post this on five other songs and u will get asked out by your crush
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Baby got back!!
I like that !!
✌️
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Don't read this, you will be buried on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life and tomorrow will be the last day of your life. Now you've started reading so don't stop, this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it you may live past tomorrow. Put 6 bullets in a 6 shot revolver. When your done, spin the cylinder a minimum of 3 revolutions, slap the cylinder in place and pull the hammer back. Put the barrel to your head and look into a mirror and say "I can do this" 5 times. Pu
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Don't read this, you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life and tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading so don't stop, this is so freaky but of you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 144 minutes. When you're done click the space bar and your crush's name will appear on your screen in big letters this is so creepy cause it actually works.
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Seattle dude gave it to US. BABY BETTER HAVE BACK. HOLD IT.
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Baby Got Back- I'm with you.
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My anaconda dont want known unless you got big buns huns..shake that healthy bubble but...lol
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O my God becky look at her
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@armyskyler that is fake retard
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now that you've started this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore this you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear on the screen this is so freaky it really works
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Andaconda copy or not but I like the song and I like big butts and I can't lye and my brothers can't lye just kidding
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If your jealous turn around
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Hahahahahaha h a h a h a
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You had me fucken glued to the fucken speakers...
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Silicone parts are made for toys !
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Omg lol baby got back
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S-o-o-o you got some 'SWAGGER'... . . . . . G E A R E D - U P like a NEW 'gentlemens quarterly... . . . . e a t i n g oysters -on-thehalf- s h e l l . . . . . . . . W h a t s ' g o i n g to happen when The BROADWAY is re-developed ?
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This is on an anime crack
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I love this station
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36 24 36 only if shes 5'3
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this was my theme song in h.s 2010 so many chicks like bouncing on top to this song keep tht in mind fellas
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