Today In Hip-Hop: Sir Mix-A-Lot Releases “Baby Got Back”

On this day, May 7, in hip-hop history…


1992: Sir Mix-A-Lot releases the single “Baby Got Back.” Leading up to the song’s release, the Seattle rapper signed with Rick Rubin’s Def American Recordings after his 1988 debut release Swass was certified platinum in 1990. Upon its release, “Baby Got Back” – the second released from his third album Mack Daddy - became an instant hit and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for five straight weeks. The song also earned Sir Mix-A-Lot and Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1993.

In an interview with SPIN in 1992, Sir Mix was a reaction to the notion that skinny professional models are the paragon of beauty. “The song doesn’t just say I like large butts, you know?” he explained. “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.”

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