Six things we learned from Sir Mix-a-Lot's AMA

Luke Graham
Sunday 21 September 2014 17:40
Celebrities

Sir Mix-a-Lot, the American rap artist/one-hit-wonder known for Baby Got Back, has done an AMA (ask me anything) on the social news site Reddit. Here are six things we learned - and none are really about butts:

1. Baby Got Back was originally very, very different

When I did Baby Got Back - initially it was a slow song like Posse on Broadway, which was my hit prior to Baby Got Back. And then I decided to make a fast version, it was the second to the last song, and I didn't like it, I thought it was going to piss everybody off.

And Rick Rubin said he loved it, Ricardo said he loved it, I said what the hell, and we put it out...and to show you how much I didn't think it was going to hit, I selected a song called One Time's Got No Case and we shot a video for it, all this stuff, I thought that was going to be the hit, and it just flopped. So I shut my mouth, let the pros do what they do, and Rick was right!

2. His favourite song is by James Brown

James Brown's Cold Sweat. Just throwing that out there. I know every little "uh," "huh," and "HUH" in that song. He did a lot of gruntin' in his songs.

3. His dream collaboration is... a little unusual

This is gonna sound weird - KORN (i love Korn)... Gary Numan... and probably - I was gonna say Prince, but that might be difficult, he would like take over the studio- and Madonna. Madonna, Gary Numan and Korn.

4. No one would guess his secret hobby

Honestly, electronics. When I say "electronics" I don't mean that I sit around with filaments, I build high-voltage power supplies.

I've been dabbling with electronics since I was 13 years old, I don't mean digital stuff, which is easy, I mean actual electronics, wiring, capacitors, a lot of inductors, creating my own inductors, building transformers, I've been doing that since I was a kid.

5. He is not angry about Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, which samples Baby Got Back

It's amazing how people - I guess maybe because they're not in the industry - but how people think I should be mad about the song. I think it's cool, she took part of the song, she made a Nicki Minaj song.

I love the track, I have fun listening to the track, it's crazy as hell, and for a guy who likes butts, how can I look at the video and say I don't like it?”

6. He does not mind being known as the guy who did Baby Got Back forever more.

No, it doesn't bother me at all. Here's my thing: I see a lot of artists that have hit records. And then for some reason, after they've gotten all that money from the record, they go on a campaign to diss the very record that made them rich. I think that's ignorant. That's one of the stupidest business models I've ever seen in my life.

Imagine this: McDonalds comes out with a commercial saying "We hate hamburgers." It makes no sense!

What I did: I figured if people are going to see me because of Baby Got Back, use it as a promotional tool - I wired my whole studio, I do production, but don't resent the very song that made you famous. A lot of artists do that, and they really should be ashamed of themselves.

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