“Baby Got Back” turned 21-years-old today. In other news, “Oh, my God, Becky … we are so old.”
The catchy hit courtesy of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s obsession with phat booty began as a humble dance tune on May 7, 1992 before working its way to becoming one of the top songs of the ’90s and still firmly embedded in pop culture today.
For five, glorious weeks, “Baby Got Back” sat at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1. The following year, it took home a Grammy Award. Decades later, it is still listed as No. 6 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s.
The song has been used in movies, TV shows and commercials and has inspired parodies of every variety.
In a 1992 interview, Mix shared his interpretation of his famous song, which is quite a bit more touching than what you’d expect from a guy who wrote the lyrics “My anaconda don’t want none unless you’ve got buns, hon.”
“The song doesn’t just say I like large butts, you know? The song is talking about women who damn near kill themselves to try to look like these beanpole models that you see in Vogue magazine.”
Sir Mix-a-Lot never surpassed the success of “Baby Got Back,” but remained an active musician in the 1990s with three subsequent albums. Not like it matters. “Baby Got Back” will literally take care of him for life.
But a guy needs to stay busy, and Sir Mix-a-Lot is definitely that. He’s in charge of Rhyme Cartel Records, which helps emerging artists. He uniquely takes advantage of technology to find new acts through social means, and will possibly be using Skype to allow his fans to contribute vocally to his upcoming album “DUN 4GOT ABOUT MIX.”
In celebration of its 21st birthday, here’s Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”