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Sir Mix-A-Lot

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Inextricably associated with his pop culture touchstone “Baby RETURNED,” Sir Mix-A-Lot parlayed a gonzo tribute to women with large buttocks into hip-hop immortality, also despite his failure to score another hit of its magnitude. But also before he struck crossover precious metal, Sir Mix-A-Lot was among rap’s great D.We.Y. success tales. From the town — Seattle — with hardly any hip-hop picture to talk about, Mix-A-Lot co-founded his very own record label, marketed his music himself, created all his very own monitors, and essentially taken himself up with the proverbial American bootstraps. Also before “Baby RETURNED,” Mix-A-Lot was a platinum-selling record artist with a solid following within the hip-hop community, known for bouncy, danceable, bass-heavy monitors indebted to old-school electro. Nevertheless, it took putting your signature on with Rick Rubin’s Def American label — in conjunction with an exaggerated, parodic pimp picture — to transport him in to the mainstream. Regarded as a one-hit novelty, he discovered it difficult to check out his breakout achievement, but continued recording, and also toured within a rap-rock supergroup known as Subset, a cooperation using the Presidents of america of America. Sir Mix-A-Lot was created Anthony Ray in Seattle on August 12, 1963. An eclectic music lover but a rabid hip-hop devotee, he had been positively rapping in the first ’80s, and co-founded the Nastymix record label in 1983 along with his DJ, Nasty Nes, who also hosted Seattle’s 1st hip-hop radio display. His 1st one was 1987’s “Posse on Broadway,” which described a road in Seattle, not really NY; it became an area strike, and paved just how for his first LP, 1988’s Swass, which also highlighted the favorite novelty “Square Dance Rap,” along with a Run-D.M.C.-design cover of Dark Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” with backing by Seattle thrashers Metallic Church. The video for “Posse on Broadway” arrived some airplay on MTV, and became Sir Mix-A-Lot’s initial national graph one in past due 1988; that subsequently pushed Swass in to the Best 20 from the R&B record graph, and by 1989, it acquired marketed more than a million copies. Also in 1989, Mix-A-Lot released his follow-up record Seminar, which created three charting singles in “Beepers,” “My Hooptie,” and “I ACQUIRED Video game”; while non-e had been significant crossover strikes with pop or R&B viewers, all performed well in the rap singles graph, and helped Workshop become Mix-A-Lot’s second direct platinum record. Financial disputes with Nastymix led to a fierce courtroom battle and finished Mix-A-Lot’s association using the label. Luckily, Def American mind Rick Rubin stepped directly into present him a major-label agreement. Mix-A-Lot had lengthy experienced a knack for mimicking (and mocking) the pimps he’d viewed while we were young in Seattle, and used their visual design with Rubin’s encouragement. He debuted for Def American with 1992’s Mack Daddy, whose 1st solitary, “One Time’s Got No Case,” was a critique of racial profiling by law enforcement. It went practically unheard, however the follow-up, “Baby RETURNED,” became a pop trend virtually as soon as MTV shown its provocative video (that was ultimately consigned to evening-hours just). Seldom will a comic novelty music spark this type of fierce cultural argument: regardless of how absurd it sounded, “Baby RETURNED” handled on highly delicate, hot-button problems of competition and sex having a cheerful, good-natured crudeness which was assured to offend lots of. Was it a token of gratitude for ladies whose body types had been rarely provided positive cultural interest, or simply another sexist objectification? Was it an indictment of thin, white-dictated beauty requirements that remaining many typical dark women (as well as the dark men who enjoyed them) out in the frosty, or achieved it simply build-up one kind of girl by denigrating another? Feminists picketed Sir Mix-A-Lot concerts all over the united states that summer months, but despite their initiatives, record customers sided using the rapper: “Baby RETURNED” spent five weeks atop the pop graphs, offering over two million copies; in addition, it pressed Mack Daddy in to the TOP, and continued to earn a Grammy for Greatest Rap Solo Functionality. Billboard magazine positioned it because the second biggest one of the entire year, behind just Boyz II Men’s juggernaut “End of the street.” With 1994’s Key Shoe Knocka, Sir Mix-A-Lot attempted to check out Mack Daddy — and “Baby RETURNED” specifically — with a couple of danceable party music that, just like the strip-club anthem “Put ‘Em within the Cup,” often performed up his obsession with the feminine form. Though it offered respectably among R&B viewers, the mainstream — maybe assuming that they had currently heard Mix-A-Lot’s greatest shot — practically ignored it. Employees shakeups at American Recordings preceded 1996’s Come back from the Bumpasaurus, making certain it ranked an extremely low promotional concern for the label. Mix-A-Lot dissolved his romantic relationship together, and spent many years off record — partially for legal factors, partially due to a basic frustration using the music sector in general. Throughout that period, he were able to hook up using the likewise frustrated members from the grunge/novelty music group the Presidents of america of America. Mix-A-Lot acquired long been thinking about rap-rock fusions — furthermore to his Steel Church cooperation, he’d also teamed up with Mudhoney over the Wisdom Night soundtrack melody “Freak Momma” — and began using PUSA in 1998. Ultimately, they followed the name Subset, and done some material within the studio room; they also installed a small-scale tour in 2000, but consequently went their distinct ways, partially due to musical variations and partially to too little enthusiasm for the procedure of placing out an archive. A few of their studio room recordings had been leaked online, but were under no circumstances officially released. Single once again, Sir Mix-A-Lot authorized with the tiny Designer Direct label and released his 6th recording, Daddy’s House, in 2003; the lead sole, “Big Johnson,” was a satire of males who exaggerated their manhood, created on the behest of feminine fans who wished equal treatment in Mix-A-Lot’s sex rhymes.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sir Mix-a-Lot
Height 1.8 m
Profession Actor, Music Producer, Songwriter, Rapper
Education Roosevelt High School
Nationality American
Awards Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance, American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist
Music Songs Baby Got Back, Posse' on Broadway, Buttermilk Biscuits, My Hooptie, Square Dance Rap, Jump on It, Beepers, Swap Meet Louie, Put 'em on the Glass, Bremelo, One Time’s Got No Case, Attack on the Stars, Hip Hop Soldier, F the BS, Swass, Rippn', I’m Your New God, Freak Momma, Testarossa, Seattle Ain’t Bullshittin’, A Rapper’s Reputation, Sprung on the Cat, The Jack Back, Buckin' My Horse, I Got Game, I’ll Roll You Up, I Check My Bank, Sleepin’ Wit My Fonk, Something About My Benzo, Take My Stash, The Boss Is Back, Ainsta
Albums Mack Daddy, Swass, Return of the Bumpasaurus, Chief Boot Knocka, Seminar, Daddy's Home, "I Like Big Butts", Baby Got Back: I Like Big Butts, Playlist: The Very Best of Sir Mix-a-Lot, Super Hits, The Ultimate Collection, A Sir Mix-A-Lot Mix, Hip Hop Elite: Sir Mix-A-Lot, Hits, Baby Got Back, Party Hits, The Very Best Of: Sir Mix-a-Lot, Greatest Hits, The Jack Back, Till Da Sun Comes Up, No Holds Barred
Nominations MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction, Grammy Award for Best Music Film, MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction, Billboard Music Award for Top Hot 100 Song, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single – Male
Movies Meet Wally Sparks, Sir Mix-A-Lot: Shhh...Don't Tell 'Em That
TV Shows The Watcher, Black in the 80s, 100 Most Shocking Music Moments, 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s, The Great Debate


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#Fact
1 Ex-fiancée of Michele L. Jennings.
2 His music video for the early 1990s #1 hit "Baby Got Back" was one of the first music videos to get banned by MTV for its gratuitous depiction of the female backside. MTV relegated it to late-night viewing.
3 Hip-hop MC and actor


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sir Mix-A-Lot: Shhhh... Don't Tell 'Em That 2004 Video documentary as Sir Mix-A-Lot, "Baby Got Back", "Testarossa", "Daddy's Home", "Swap Meet Louie", "Beepers", "My Hooptie", "One Time's Got No Case", "Ride", "Jump On It", "Big Johnson", "Hybrid Noise" / producer: "Baby Got Back", "Testarossa", "Ya'll Don't Know", "Posse On Broadway", "Till Da Sun Cums Up", "Iron Man", "Put 'Em On The Glass", "Daddy's Home", "Swap Meet Louie", "Beepers", "My Hooptie", "One Time's Got No Case", "Ride", "Jump On It", "Big Johnson", "Hybrid Noise" - as Sir Mix-A
Gigli 2003 writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony L. Ray
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 performer: "Baby Got Back" - as Sir Mix-a-Lot / writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Sir Mix-a-Lot
Friends 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jackass: The Movie 2002 Documentary as Anthony L. Ray, "Baby Got Back" / performer: "Baby Got Back" - as Sir Mix-A-Lot
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist 2002 performer: "Baby Got Back" - as Sir Mix A Lot / writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Ray Anthony
Undeclared TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Out Cold 2001 performer: "Baby Got Back" - as Sir Mix A Lot / writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony L. Ray
Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party 2001 Video short writer: "BABY GOT BACK" - as Anthony Ray
Popular TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Charlie's Angels 2000 performer: "Baby Got Back" - as Sir Mix-A-Lot / writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony L. Ray
Futurama 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Beavis and Butt-Head 1993-1997 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Moesha 1996 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Judgment Night 1993 performer: "Freak Momma" - as Sir Mix-A-Lot / writer: "Freak Momma" - as Sir Mix-A-Lot
Bill Nye, the Science Guy 1993 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Trespass 1992 performer: "I Check My Bank" - as Sir Mix-A-Lot / writer: "I Check My Bank" - as Sir Mix-A-Lot
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-2016 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sing 2016 writer: "Anaconda"
Coronation Street 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Do-Over 2016 performer: "Baby Got Back" - as Sir Mix-a-Lot / writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony L. Ray
Lip Sync Battle Philippines 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Jump 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip 2015 writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony Ray
Tu cara me suena 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Strictly Come Dancing 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ferdinando Show 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lip Sync Battle TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Pitch Perfect 2 2015 writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony L. Ray
The DUFF 2015 performer: "Baby Got Back" - as Sir Mix-A-Lot / writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony Ray
Todd's Pop Song Reviews TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes, 2014 - 2015 performer - 1 episode, 2014
Rude Tube 2014 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Rap Critic Reviews 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
2014 MTV Video Music Awards 2014 TV Special writer: "Anaconda"
Nicki Minaj: Anaconda 2014 Video short writer: "Anaconda"
15 Unforgettable No 1 Hits! 2014 TV Movie writer: "Don't Cha"
Fargo 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cuban Fury 2014 writer: "Don't Cha" - as Anthony Ray
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 performer: "Baby Got Back" / writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony Ray
Supernatural TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Saturday Night Live 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glee 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lost Girl 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Some Jerk with a Camera 2012 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 2012 writer - 2 episodes, 2012
The Block TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Dance Central 2 2011 Video Game performer: "Baby Got Back Mix Mix"
20 to 1 TV Series documentary writer - 4 episodes, 2008 - 2011 performer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2011
Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 writer: "Don't Cha" - as Anthony L. Ray
No Strings Attached 2011/I writer: "DON'T CHA" - as Anthony L. Ray
Yogi Bear 2010 performer: "Baby Got Back" - as Sir Mix-a-Lot / writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony L. Ray
Easy A 2010 writer: "Don't Cha" - as Anthony L. Ray
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Loose Women 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
G-Force 2009 writer: "Don't Cha" - as Anthony L. Ray
America's Got Talent TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Dancing on Ice 2009 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The X Factor 2006-2008 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Dancing with the Stars TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2007
The House Bunny 2008 writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony L. Ray
So You Think You Can Dance Australia TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
100 Greatest Songs of the 90s 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Blonde Ambition 2007 writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony L. Ray
Alvin and the Chipmunks 2007 writer: "Don't Cha" - as Anthony Ray
The Singing Bee 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wild Hogs 2007 writer: "Don't Cha" - as Anthony Ray
Norbit 2007 writer: "Don't Cha" - as Ray Anthony
It's a Boy Girl Thing 2006 writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony Ray
The Simpsons TV Series 1 episode, 2005 performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
American Dad! TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Scary Movie 4 2006 performer: "Baby Got Back" - as Sir Mix-A-Lot / writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony L. Ray
Idols! 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Date Movie 2006 writer: "Don't Cha" - as R. Anthony
Big Momma's House 2 2006 performer: "Baby Got Back"
Transit 2005 TV Movie writer: "Don't Cha" - as R. Anthony
Las Vegas 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Peppa Pig TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Shark Tale 2004 performer: "Baby Got Back" - as Sir Mix-a-Lot / writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony Ray
I Love the '90s 2004 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 performer: "Baby Got Back" - as Sir Mix-A-Lot / writer: "Baby Got Back" - as Anthony L. Ray

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
From Tha Bottom 2 Tha Top 2016 TV Series Sir Mix A Lot
The Simpsons 2006 TV Series Performer - 'Baby Likes Fat'
Tom Goes to the Mayor 2006 TV Series Sir Mix a Lot
Simply Fobulous 2005 Sir Mix A Lot
Urbanworld 2005 Bum
Meet Wally Sparks 1997 Rapper Announcer (as Sir Mix-A-Lot)
The Watcher 1995 TV Series The Watcher

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nicki Minaj: Anaconda 2014 Video short
The Helmetcam Show 1999-2000 TV Series 3 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sir Mix-A-Lot: Shhhh... Don't Tell 'Em That 2004 Video documentary executive producer - as Sir Mix-A-Lot / producer - as Sir Mix-A-Lot

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Oprah: Where Are They Now? 2016 TV Series Himself
The Playboy Morning Show 2015 TV Series Himself
The Great Debate 2009 TV Series Himself
Black to the Future 2009 TV Series Himself
Robot Chicken 2008 TV Series Himself Stevie Wonder Hans Blix
100 Greatest Songs of the 90s 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - #6: 'Baby Got Back'
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 2006 TV Series Himself
I Love the 80's 3-D 2005 TV Series documentary Himself (as Sir Mix-A-Lot)
Black in the 80s 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (as Sir Mix-A-Lot)
Retrosexual: The 80's 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (as Sir Mix-A-Lot)
I Love the '90s 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Sir Mix-A-Lot: Shhhh... Don't Tell 'Em That 2004 Video documentary Himself (as Sir Mix-A-Lot)
Hardware: Uncensored Music Videos - Hip Hop Volume 1 2003 Video Himself (segment "Put 'Em on the Glass") (as Sir Mix-A-Lot)
50 Sexiest Video Moments 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
100 Greatest One Hit Wonders 2002 TV Movie Himself (as Sir Mx-A-Lot)
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Ultra Sound 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The Daily Show 1998-1999 TV Series Himself
Halloween Jam at Universal Studios 1992 TV Movie Himself (as Sir Mix Alot)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rude Tube 2014 TV Series Themselves
Video on Trial 2009 TV Series Himself - Accused
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Long Form Music Video TeleVoid (1997) · Scott Rockenfield (artist)
· Paul Speer (artist)
· Michael Boydstun (video director/video producer)


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#Quote
1 In hip-hop, what you have is you have a lot of formulaic-type bands or rappers that come up. They saw something on the radio, and they want to mimic that formula. And that's just boring. I don't wanna record something just to make money; I want to record something to enjoy it and have fun because I'm a music lover.
2 I follow politics in a big way, and always have since I was a kid. I've got opinions, but they're opinions on both sides - not just anti-Republican, which is a real popular thing for a rap artist to do. If you dis Republicans, nobody will get mad. I think the two-party system sucks. It's absolutely ignorant.
3 I never envisioned being number one for five weeks, knocking Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men off the charts. That's the scariest thing and the greatest thing that ever happened to me.
4 I have never met a successful person who talked about failing. The glass is always half full. I don't even like being around negative talkers.
5 Successful people jump at opportunity and take advantage of it.
6 I love listening to old school stuff. I listen to some new cats out here, but I'm really into, like, Tech N9ne and his clique; I really like Eminem and those guys - cats that got real flow: I really connect with that. But I do love rock. I love a lot of electronica because I love programming synthesizers.
7 I think what's beautiful when you're looking at artists like Macklemore and you're looking at artists like Ayron Jones, they're proud of Seattle and they're bringing it back. Seattle's a real music town. When you act ashamed of that, you should be pushed outta the game as far as I'm concerned.
8 I'm not really a Democrat or a Republican, but I don't like rhetoric.
9 After 'Return Of The Bumpasaurus' in '96, I just got away from music for, like, a year. Literally, I think I produced two songs in a year. I was totally kicking it, running around.
10 Pop concerts create an audience for Pops concerts, not an audience for classical symphonic concerts.


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