Sir mix a lot He has a few theories as to why his hit song “Baby Got Back” is still so popular, 30 years after it was released.
“There’s a lot of coincidence…a lot of luck,” the rapper told Fox News Digital, adding that “you can have the biggest song in the world” but if there’s nothing special surrounding it, it’s not going anywhere. “
“‘Baby Got Back’ at its peak was either banned from MTV or relegated beyond the 9 o’clock,” he recalled. “That may have given the song legs because everyone who was probably in their teens to 25 at the time remembers themselves as such.” Forbidden fruit at any time. Go back to the sixties. Everyone in the sixties felt forbidden fruit. And those ’60s songs carry on to this day.”
Sir Mix-A-Lot says he knew the song was going to be a hit all along, he just got lucky, adding, “I really appreciate it. Knock on wood.”
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When it comes to today’s music and rising popularity among female rappers, Sir Mix-A-Lot says he’s “not the grumpy old guy” sitting around asking “How could these girls do that?” Celebrate their accomplishments.
“I’m glad people are kind of letting this kind of beauty be seen in public,” he said. “If you go out after Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B and Nicki Minaj and those guys,”The child returnedIt wouldn’t have happened. Maybe I would just be an artist.”
Now, in partnership with Chex Mix, the rapper has remixed his hit song, changing the lyrics to “Bagel Chip is Back” to celebrate the return of bagel chips in a snack bag. He had a great time working with General Mills, calling them “a great company to work with.”
He explained, “I wasn’t crushed in any way. These guys didn’t go, ‘Can’t you be you,’ which is what I work with most brands.” “We work with brands, and it’s like, ‘Can you be less hip-hop, can’t you wear a necklace, can’t you say nothing and maybe say no?'” And they didn’t. They let me be me while simultaneously delivering the message.”
One of the things he appreciated about working with the brand was being recognized as an artist, and getting to know the company before starting to work with them.
He said, “I don’t like working with companies that just hire you. I want to feel the culture.”
Aside from partnering with Chex Mix, Sir Mix-A-Lot is working to help get Seattle’s music venues back on their feet after COVID-19 shut them down for a year, which puts them at risk of closing their doors permanently.
“We got together with a bunch of other people and put together some money. It went on for 18 months, and we saved about 65-70% of the clubs that we were trying to save,” the rapper said. “So because those clubs–me, pearl jam, all the way to Hendrix – those clubs gave birth to us. It would be absurd to turn our backs on them.”
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The rapper says many of his musical influences come from the time period he mentions when all artists were considered “forbidden fruit,” citing James Brown and “Clyde Stuttlefield, the guy who played drums for James Brown. “
“That’s where ‘Funky Drummer’ comes from, probably the most sampled song in hip-hop history,” he said. “But also where did the song ‘Cold Sweat’ come from that got me into trouble in high school because I was always banging on the tables with my hands because it wasn’t boom, boom, boom, boom. I used to like that kind of thing.”
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However, one of his biggest influences was German band Kraftwerk who “were doing all this electronic stuff. … I realized I didn’t need a band at that point, and that’s what got me into it,” adding The prince also had a great influence Because he “went completely pop and didn’t care what I thought of him.”