Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back [Official Video HD]
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Published on Sep 5, 2012
Sir Mix A Lot Baby Got Back
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"Baby Got Back" is a 1992 Number One single by hip hop artist Sir Mix-a-Lot, from his album Mack Daddy. The song samples the 1986 electro single "Technicolor" by Channel One.
At the time of its original release, the song caused controversy with its outspoken and blatantly sexual lyrics about women, as well as specific and objectionable references to the female anatomy. The video was briefly banned by MTV. "Baby Got Back" has remained popular and even anthemic since it was originally featured on the album Mack Daddy in 1992.
In 2008, it was ranked number 17 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop
The first verse begins, "I like big butts and I cannot lie", and most of the song is about being attracted to large buttocks. The second and third verse challenge mainstream norms of beauty: "I ain't talkin' bout Playboy. Cuz silicone parts are made for toys" and "So Cosmo says you're fat / Well I ain't down with that!". Sir Mix-a-Lot commented in a 1992 interview: "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." He explains that most women respond positively to the song's message, especially black women: "They all say, 'About time.'"
Also brought to the forefront of pop culture by this song is a generally accepted white standard of beauty — a skinny body lacking in voluptuous curves. In the prelude that opens the song there is a conversation between two (presumably) thin, white valley girls, where one girl remarks to her friend, "Oh, my God, Becky, look at her butt! It is so big [...] She's just so ... black!", to which Sir Mix-a-Lot, representing the African-American subculture's view, says: "You other brothers can't deny" and "Take the average black man and ask him...". However, Sir Mix-a-Lot follows this in a later verse with "Even white boys got to shout," indicating that it is not only African-American men who are attracted to curvy women.
Sir Mix-a-Lot's best known song, "Baby Got Back" reached number 1 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks in the summer of 1992, and won a 1993 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. For almost two decades following the song's release on the album Mack Daddy, it has continued to appear in many movies, shows, music videos, and even commercials, see Covers and Parodies for more information. It was number 6 on VH1's Greatest Songs of the '90s. It was number 1 on VH1's Greatest One Hit Wonders of the '90s.
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