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One Hit Wonders - SIR MIX-A-LOT (1992)
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MUSIC VIDEO/SONG

"Baby Got Back"
by Sir Mix-A-Lot

This song is about women with big butts, and the men who love them. Mix-a-Lot got the idea for this when he was watching the Super Bowl on TV. A Budweiser beer commercial came on with models who were way too skinny for his taste.
 
This started a trend of rap "booty" songs. Wreckx-N-Effect had a hit soon after with "Rump Shaker," and rappers have been singing the praises of "the bubble" ever since.
 
The outrageous video was briefly banned by MTV. This added to the song's popularity, as Mix-a-Lot played up the controversy. Years later, many rap videos featured dancers with big, healthy butts. The dancers in modern hip-hop videos usually have bigger rumps than those in "Baby Got Back," since in 1992, it was a lot harder to find models with a juicy bubble.
 
This song opens with two Valley Girls disparaging a black woman with a big butt. It was the first successful Valley Girl integration since the Frank Zappa song "Valley Girl."
 
This brought Sir Mix-a-Lot national fame; previously he was locally popular in Seattle. After trying to follow up with other butt-related songs, he fell into obscurity as a performer, but did have another hit as a songwriter: he wrote the Pussycat Dolls hit "Don't Cha" with Cee-Lo Green. Despite having just this one hit, he is still a big part of rap history - his old mixer is on display at the Experience Music Project in Seattle.
 
Cameron Diaz dances to this in the movie Charlie's Angels. It has also been used in the movies Happy Feet, Jackass: The Movie, Shrek and Shark Tale.
 
A young and nervous Ytossie from the reality TV show Temptation Island I was one of the bootie-shaking performers in the video for this song.
 
In 2005, this was used in back-to-school commercials for Target with the lyrics changed to "Baby Got Backpack."
 
This song has been covered by Throwdown, a Heavy Metal band, and Agent Felix, a Pop-Punk band.
 
Mix-a-Lot wasn't the first to use the phrase "Silicone Sisters" to refer to surgically enhanced women - Bruce Springsteen used it in his first single, "Blinded By The Light."
 
The sketch comedy show In Living Color did a parody of this by "Trail Mix-a-Lot" called "Baby Got Snacks." In this version, the front man (Jamie Foxx) raps about being into obese women.
 
A cover of the song was sung in the Glee episode 'Sadie Hawkins,' which aired on January 24, 2013 in the US. The Fox TV show's version was borrowed from an interpretation by singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton, who was more than a little miffed not to be acknowledged. "It sounds like it actually uses the audio from my recording - not the vocals obviously, but the instruments sound EXTREMELY similar," he wrote on his blog.
 
Coulon added: "They got in touch with my peeps to basically say that they're within their legal rights to do this, and that I should be happy for the exposure (even though they do not credit me, and have not even publicly acknowledged that it's my version - so you know, it's kind of SECRET exposure)."

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Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1992

1 Boyz II Men End Of The Road
2 Sir Mix A-lot Baby Got Back
3 Kris Kross Jump
4 Vanessa Williams Save The Best For Last
5 TLC Baby-Baby-Baby
6 Eric Clapton Tears In Heaven
7 En Vogue My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)
8 Red Hot Chili Peppers Under The Bridge
9 Color Me Badd All 4 Love
10 Jon Secada Just Another Day

| Closed on 10/31/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
9 Fans 
44%a. 10 (Great Song)
33%b. 7-9 (Good Song)
22%c. 5-6 (Ok Song)
0%d. Who? What? Huh?
0%e. Someone needs to go on a DIET! LARD ASS!

  
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#1 | 352 days ago
Nick__ (+)

I like big butts and I can not lie
You other brothers can't deny
That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
And a round thing in your face
You get sprung, wanna pull up tough
'Cause you notice that butt was STUffed
Deep in the jeans she's wearin
I'm hooked and I can't stop starin
Oh baby, I wanna get wit'cha 
And take yo pictcha
My homeboys tried to warn me
But that butt you got makes <Me so horny>
Ooh, rub all of that smooth skin
You say you wanna get in my Benz?
Well, use me, use me 
'Cause you ain't that average groupy
I've seen her dancin' 
T'hell with romancin'
She's sweat, wet, 
Got it goin' like a turbo 'Vette
I'm tired of magazines
Sayin' flat butts are the thing
Take the average black man and ask him that
She gotta pack much back
So, fellas! (Yeah!) Fellas! (Yeah!)
Has your girlfriend got the butt? (Hell yeah!)
Tell 'em to shake it! (Shake it!) Shake it! (Shake it!)
Shake that healthy butt!
Baby got back!

(LA face with a Oakland booty)
Baby got back!
(LA face with a Oakland booty)

I like 'em round, and big
And when I'm throwin' a gig
I just can't help myself, I'm actin' like an animal
Now here's my scandal
I wanna get you home
And ugh, double-up, ugh, ugh
I ain't talkin' bout Playboy
'Cause silicone parts are made for toys
I want 'em real thick and juicy
So find that juicy double
Mix-a-Lot's in trouble
Beggin' for a piece of that bubble
So I'm lookin' at rock videos
KNOCK KNEED bimbos walkin' like hoes
You can have them bimbos
I'll keep my women like Flo Jo
A word to the thick soul sistas, I wanna get with ya
I won't cuss or hit ya
But I gotta be straight when I say I wanna (oooooh)
Til the break of dawn
Baby got it goin' on
A lot of SIMPS won't like this song
'Cause them punks like to hit it and quit it
And I'd rather stay and play
'Cause I'm long, and I'm strong
And I'm down to get the friction on
So, ladies! {Yeah!} Ladies! {Yeah}
If you wanna role in my Mercedes {Yeah!}
Then turn around! Stick it out!
Even white boys got to shout
Baby got back!

Baby got back!
Yeah, baby ... when it comes to females, Cosmo ain't got nothin' 
to do with my selection. 36-24-36? Ha ha, only if shes 5'3".

So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin' workout tapes by Fonda
But Fonda ain't got a motor in the back of her Honda
My anaconda don't want none 
Unless you got buns, hun
You can do side bends or sit-ups, 
But please don't lose that butt
Some brothers wanna play that "hard" role 
And tell you that the butt AIN'T gold
So they toss it and leave it
And I pull up quick to retrieve it
So Cosmo says you're fat
Well I ain't down with that!
'Cause your waist is small and your curves are kickin'
And I'm thinkin' bout stickin'
To the beanpole dames in the magazines:
You ain't it, Miss Thing!
Give me a sista, I can't resist her
Red beans and rice didn't miss her
Some knucklehead tried to diss
'Cause his girls are on my list
He had game but he chose to hit 'em
And I pull up quick to get wit 'em
So ladies, if the butt is round,
And you want a triple X throw down,
Dial 1-900-MIXALOT
And kick them nasty thoughts
Baby got back!
Baby got back!

Little in the middle but she got much back
Little in the middle but she got much back
Little in the middle but she got much back
Little in the middle but she got much back
10 (Great Song)  
#2 | 352 days ago

(Edited by Jess)
Don't get me wrong, I like this song. It's fun to dance to, especially for someone who has back. But I personally like their Swass and Seminar CD's much more than anything (including this song) that came from Mack Daddy or anything after.

Edit to fix redundancy. 
7-9 (Good Song)  

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