As far as lawyer Jonathan Nichols is concerned, having rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot’s old phone number is a “total mic drop.”
It took him months to figure out that the strange — and sometimes pretty sexy — texts he was getting on his new phone were intended for Sir Mix-A-Lot. Now, he’s making the rounds talking to reporters, including one at the Seattle Times, about his experience getting the rapper’s old number.
“When interviewers have asked me, ‘What’s something interesting that no one else knows?’ or when people I meet working political campaigns tell me about meeting Bill Clinton, I always say, ‘I have Sir Mix-A-Lot’s old phone number.’ “
The strange calls and texts began early last year, People reported. At the time, he was a law student at Seattle University and wanted to trade his old number for a local one in order to prep for an upcoming job search.
He picked out the new number at the Verizon store, just because it was easy to remember. But it also had a previous owner, and Nichols had no idea who. He’d soon learn the old owner was Sir Mix-A-Lot, the man who gave the world “Baby Got Back,” “Posse on Broadway,” and founded Rhyme Cartel Records.
Shortly after he switched, texts came in. Now a public-interest attorney a firm called Moriarty and Associates, Nichols spent months sifting through the bizarre, and often quite sexual, messages from people he didn’t know.
It began when someone sent a link to a video of a guy making beats from a synthesizer to the old number. Nicholas was impressed with the guy’s skills, but told the sender he had the wrong number. Then the phone calls from luxury-car dealerships started, offering to let a Mr. Anthony Ray take a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Jaguar out for a spin.
“I’d love to,” he’d say to the salespeople. “But I think you have the wrong guy. I’m a broke law student.”
Others called the Sir Mix-A-Lot’s older number to offer him free concert tickets and visits backstage, which his boyfriend encouraged him to take. Jonathan reminded him of his occupation and that ” ‘no false representations’ is one of the rules of the bar.”
He kept a few of the more colorful messages sent to the old number.
“Hi Ray (Minista) pls info if u attending freestyle explosion and locale details. Thanks in advance.”
“What up bro this is SupaSam. I’m having a morning show in-studio Christmas party. I need you to come through!”
He also saved a voice message from a woman apparently from New Jersey, cooing “This used to be Sir Mix-A-Lot. You get someone calling you talking about they be Snoop Dogg, they really are. Lucky you.”
Then came the raunchy pictures of women in bikinis, some more naked than others, most in downright filthy poses. Nichols begged the sender to stop. By August, the situation went from bad to worse.
At a softball tournament, his phone started “blowing up off the hook” with messages and pictures: lips and kisses, lots of women, “Love you” and “Happy Birthday” texts, a photo of “Big Bottom whiskey,” and a reference to the Sir Mix-A-Lot hit, “Baby Got Back.”
Nichols took to Google when he got home and learned that rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot’s real name is Anthony Ray, and his birthday was on Aug. 12 — the very day his phone “blew up.”
“That’s when it all made sense,” he said.
In attempting to pick an easy number he wouldn’t forget, he’d inadvertently picked Sir Mix-A-Lot’s old digits. The rapper’s response?
“Are you serious? That is hilarious. Poor fella,” he said when called by the Times.
But he has some instructions for the man lucky, or unlucky, enough to get his old number.
“Tell him any really sexy pictures — little in the middle, and if she’s got much back — give them the new number. But not the car dealerships.”
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