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Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot

Album: Mack DaddyReleased: 1992Charted:
  • This song is about women with big butts, and the men who love them. Mix-a-Lot got the idea 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.
  • In the October 28, 2016 edition of the Tacoma Weekly, Sir Mix-A-Lot talked about the deeper meaning behind this song. "It was a lot more serious than a lot of people thought it was," he said. "The song is really talking about the lack of acceptance by Hollywood of the African-American body. I'm talking Serena Williams kind of curves. Back in that era, what they did with women of color was they either played prostitutes or maids. They were usually seriously overweight. They picked the worst example they could find cosmetically, and they'd throw that in front of us. I wanted to talk about it, and that's what 'Baby Got Back' is really about. Now, because the body is not only accepted, it's expected, I'm not sure that the song would make the same impact it did in '92."
  • 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 video was directed by Adam Bernstein, who also did "Hey Ladies" for Beastie Boys and "Love Shack" for The B-52's - if you wanted a video filled with irreverent fun around this time, he was your man.

    According to Bernstein, casting the video was one of the strangest experiences of his professional life. Since it was the butts they were interested in, he and his crew took photos of the applicants' fundaments, which they sent to Sir Mix-A-Lot for evaluation.
  • 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.
  • Speaking with TMZ in 2014, Sir Mix-A-Lot said that Jennifer Lopez was the inspiration for the song, particularly during her time on In Living Color as one of the show's Fly Girl dancers.
  • 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.
  • 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • 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)."
  • 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 by Agent Felix, a pop-punk band. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Logan - Bellevue, WA
  • Sir Mix-A-Lot kept performing this song decades after it was released. In the '10s, he developed a 10-minute version that he would perform "if the crowd is into it."
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Comments: 42

Any English speaking person who needs the meaning of this song explained to them probably fits the legal definition of mentally retarded.John - Portland, Me
I'm a skinny white girl and I love this song. HahahahKatie - Niceville, Fl
This song was on an episode of motormouth on vh-1. It had this guy singing baby Got back and here he is getting fast food restaurant food and singing Baby Got Back.Jennifer Harris - Grand Blanc, Mi
Lyrics..."I was lookin' at rock videos, knock-kneed bimbos walkin' like ho's"...so I guess he's saying the white girls in rock videos are unattractive bimbos who walk like hookers...and somebody described this as "intelligently written"?? Um, right.Kandyman1028 - Palm Beach Gardens, Fl
lol.... damn funny song.... but people flinch wen they play this in public.....Rahul - Chennai, India
Luv this song it was played at my sisters wedding and everyone got funky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ha ha ha lolMichaela - Ellsworth, Ks
This song was used as the opening credits music for Scary Movie 4.Diverdriver - Petaluma, Ca
Wedding DJ guy (Aaron): I know exactly what you mean. And at school dances when that God-awful song "My Humps" was popular, it was always the girl who had no breasts and no "junk in the trunk" who would request that song! And I actually have curves, and I hated that song, but I do like "Baby Got Back" just because it's funny. I remember blaring it at my tenth birthday party.Marissa - Akron, Oh
lol, this guy in one of my classes sang this song to me. That was funBreba - Albuquerque, Nm
I absolutely LOVE this song (and Rump Shaker)! I'm a white girl with a big butt (2 pants sizes larger than my waist!) and these songs make me feel good. I'm proud to have a little junk in my trunk!Terra - St. Louis, Mo
All those sisters out there who look FINE at 20 with those big butts look a WHOLE lot different when they are 40 and their nickname is Wagonass!Doug - Oakland, Ca
all men know weather they admitt or not that they cant help but stare if she got a big booty and the curves to go with itMandie - Port Royal, Pa
great song, lets not forget it was in Jackass The Movie during the "Sweaty Fat F**ks" skitEric - Milltown, In
This song is quite possibly my Kryptonite. I can sympathize with Aaron on this one; it is unfortunately a staple of high school and college dances. As Murray Head once said, I get my kicks ABOVE the waistline, sunshine.Tony - Topeka, Ks
Make no mistake,women with big butts are so (deleted).To all those lovely black women out there i say,"keep shakin that booty"Terry - Northampton, England
I have this song on my MP3 player and everytime I listen to it, I have to say amen to Sir Mix-a-lot. Every word is the truth (Every word). All the ladies that have big butts should send a video, slide-show, photo montage or anything that shows them shaking their booty to this song. (Just an idea, but a good one I think ;-])Blue - New York City, Ny
Oh Goodness this song is off the heisy i love it cause i have a big butt so the song makes me feel
a whole lot better i just luv that song so much

luv,pattsie cline
Patty - New York City, Ny
"Donkey" (voiced by Eddie Murphy) sings a version of this to a dragon (with a big butt) in Dreamworks' film Shrek.

I like em big myself! Comment from Mr. Obvious: People who take this too seriously are not the intended audience anyway. Turn it off if you're hopelessly drawn to tiny butts! :p
James - Vidalia, Ga
i remember this guy had a song called square dance rap in about 85.. no it wasnt a big hit..im a whitey who likes a lovely tight ass.. sorry girls no fries with your big mac today!Marlow - Perth
well i like this song. and i got to admit i do have a big butt!! and i like this song. and i dont know why guys like big butts and the chest area of the girls. maybe the guy thinks he can get something out of the woman.Sarah Floyd - Bloomingdale, Il
I pesonally love this song!! I weigh 142 pounds so my booty is gigantic. Well sorta normal but that is beside the point. Great song Great rapper great idea.Whitney - Hazelhurst, Ga
haha what a song!Kristina - Houston, Tx
When one of my best friends and I listen to this song, we just sing to the lyrics and laugh while singing.. It is such a funny song.Anna - San Francisco, Ca
I love this song because i have a big butt and it makes me laugh!! Not all songs are ment to educate or touch a life, some are just to entertain! Ease up on the guy and just enjoy it!Whitney - Sallisaw, Ok
jeeze, another pointless song, yes songs are made for entertainment, but as far as pop, and most newer rap, it's pointless, mindless drivle. please give us something that has some meaning, or make some yourself. please people that have gifts and abilities to write meaningful music, don't deprive us of it.Steve - Keene, Nh
Also, I think there is more to this song that meets the eye. "Now cosmo says your fat. Well I ain't down with that." It's a message that's telling girls to stay the way they are no matter how much rich, anorexic, flat chested white girls say they're fat. "So ladies, yeah, ladies, yeah, keep that healthy butt. Baby Got Back."Max - New York, Ny
Actually Mix-A-Lot didn't nessecarilly recede into one hit wonder land. He actually started his own record label in and it's fairly succesful, but thats why he never followed up.Max - New York, Ny
My favorite use of this song was the episode of Friends where the only way Ross and Rachel could get Emma (their baby daughter) to laugh was to sing this song. Watching Jennifer Aniston sing this song is a hoot!Homer - Versailles, Il
I'm a white boy, and even white boys got to shout baby got back.Matt - Millbrae, Ca
Very nice song to appreciate the women with the larger bottom packs.

Of course, this wasn't the FIRST song to cover girls with big butts. There was "Fat-Bottomed Girls" by Queen (one of my favorites), and of course, the song from Spinal Tap, "Big Bottom".

Big bottom, big bottom, talk about bum-cakes, my girl's got 'em...
Alec - Sewell, Nj
i love this song..... i have a big butt :) hahahaStephanie - Calgary, Canada
i like big butts too (just kidding) but this is a good booty shakin songAmanda - Mineral Ridge, Oh
My sister and all of my friends say that this is my song. everytine when we go out and this song comes on, they all make a circle and make me get in the middle.Sandy - Mckeesport, Pa
the beauty part of this song, other than the fact it's about asses, is that before this, mix-a-lot was making politically charged activist rap. last person i would think to make an activistic song.C.j. - Tunkhannock, Pa
Ahhh, another well thought out, intelligently written, and respectful rap song.Tom - Alma, Ga
we were in french class and it was the last day and the teacher told everyone to name my theme song and this was the #1 theme song besides for yous a hoe and slave for you.( ppl say i have the biggest but for a white girl)Caitlin - Sailsbury, Nc
There is a metalcore/rapcore cover of this song by Throwdown... And it's great..Ok...next... - Somewhere?, Europe
i love sir mix a lot he is so so so so i dont know what to say he is a great singerBrittany - Philadelphia, Pa
I'm a wedding Dj, and every wedding I do, WITHOUT FAIL the skinniest white girl in the party will ask for this song.Aaron - Algonquin, Il
Played mercilessly and incessantly at karaoke bars worldwide.Matt - Albuquerque, Nm
This is a great song that me and my friends dance to all the time, plus, I have also mastered the bird(haha). Anyways if you haven't heard this song yet, go download it!Rosie - Waco, Tx
This is a great song. One of my favorite songs of all times. The part when they used "Me So Horny" (the famous line from the hooker from Full Metal Jacket).Jared - Norwalk, Oh
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