Music / Sir Mix-a-Lot

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It's what he likes.

"'Shesshes beautiful! Little in the middle, but with an ample derrière!' his anaconda whispers (by the way, Im picturing his dick as a sock puppet). 'What a vision!' anaconda cries. 'An LA face, as well as an Oakland booty! We must compose a ballad about this gorgeous creature! Quickly, Sir Mix-a-Lot! Grab a pen!'"

Anthony Ray (1963-), better known by his stage name Sir Mix-a-Lot, is a rapper, record producer and electronics store owner. Repping for Seattle, Washington, Mix-A-Lot is notably the first rapper to achieve mainstream success who didn't come out of a costal state, and for rapping about non-violent subjects in the midst of the rise of violent, gritty gangsta rap. He had several underground hits in the late 80s and early 90s before achieving worldwide fame from his lone 1992 hit "Baby Got Back," the stuffy old song about the buttocks.

He also was the narrator in the very short-lived The Watcher, a show in UPN's inaugural season.

"I like big tropes and I cannot lie!":

  • The Alleged Car: "My Hooptie" from Seminar.
    Gotta roll this bucket cuz my Benz is in the shop!
  • Berserk Button: In "Swap Meet Louie," he snaps, understandably, when he finds that people are selling bootlegged music amidst all the Shoddy Knock Off Products.
  • Big "OMG!": At the very beginning of "Baby Got Back".
  • Body Motifs: Guess what "Baby Got Back" is about.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: A famous interpretation of "Baby Got Back": love for the feminine rotund posterior makes a person incapable of lying.
  • Clip Show: A version of "Baby Got Back" made up of 295 movie clips.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: "Seattle Ain't Bullshittin'", a shockingly profane track.
  • Cool Car: The Mercedes-Benz in "Posse on Broadway"
    • "Testarosa"
  • Cool Shades
  • Dance Sensation: "Square Dance Rap"
  • Drugs Are Bad: From "Posse on Broadway":
    "Wheelin' 23rd we saw nuthin' but thugs
    The girlies was too skinny from smokin' all them drugs
    Cause the rock man got 'em and their butts just dropped
    The freaks looked depressed 'cause the Benz won't stop"
    • "I'm Your New God," which is about and rapped from the perspective of cocaine, qualifies as well.
  • Heavy Meta: "A Rapper's Reputation"
  • Hidden Depths: It should be noted that Mix has actually done quite a few conscious rap songs
  • Homophobia: Although "Baby Got Back" was very popular of the gay community, most fans were horrified to hear Mix-A-Lot shouting "Punk ass, cake, faggot ass nigga!" in "Seatle Ain't Bullshittin'".
  • Intercourse with You: "Baby Got Back," "Put 'Em on the Glass," "Ride"
  • "King Kong" Climb: The Swass album cover shows Mix-A-Lot and two of his posse as giants perched atop Seattle buildings.
  • Large Ham: "Baby Got Back" is very over-the-top.
  • Male Gaze: "Baby Got Back". Even the Trope Image explains the content of the song.
  • Nice Hat
  • Old-School Chivalry: From "Posse On Broadway":
    "Kid Sensation dropped a twenty, and didn't even miss it
    Skeezer from another hood, she picked it up and kissed it
    Her puppy's illin', he went to slap her face
    But my homey P.O.B. cold sprayed the boy with mace
    Cuz I never liked a punk who beat up on his girl..."
  • Protest Song: "National Anthem"
  • Rearrange the Song: A reworking of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" with the band Metal Church.
  • Sampling
    • "Baby Got Back" samples an obscure 80s techno song "Technicolor" by Channel One.
    • "One Time's Got No Case" samples the hook from Stevie Wonder's "You Haven't Done Nothing."
  • Seattle: His hometown. He regularly references it.
  • Shout-Out: Aside from the usual status symbols...
    • In "Posse On Broadway" the crew ends up at Dick's, a legendary Seattle burger joint. (The Taco Bell was closed.)
      • Also from "Posse on Broadway"
    "I'm the man they love to hate, the J.R. Ewing of Seattle"
    • In "Baby Got Back", a nod to Florence Griffith-Joyner.
    • Jergens is namechecked in "Put 'Em On The Glass".
  • Sir Verb-a-Lot
  • Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: Take a guess. The song is indirectly the Trope Namer, as it was referred to by the trope title in an episode of Futurama.
  • Take That: Many in "Baby Got Back":
    • "I ain't talkin' bout Playboy, cuz silicone parts are made for toys."
    • "Fonda ain't got a motor in the back of her Honda."
    • "So Cosmonote  says you're fat, well I ain't down with that."
  • Token White: From "Posse On Broadway":
    "Larry is the white guy who's lookin' kinda funny
    A real estate investor who makes a lot of money."


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