Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Retro Video of the Week: "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot

This Saturday will mark the 25th anniversary of the day big ol' butts became not a point of ridicule, but an object of affection.  On February 4, 1992, Sir Mix-a-Lot released his third album, Mack Daddy, which featured the worldwide sensation "Baby Got Back."  

With the opening proclamation "I like big butts and I cannot lie," Sir Mix-a-Lot not only grabs your attention, but one might argue in this world of alternative facts that he kickstarted America's downward spiral into obesity over the last quarter century. "Baby Got Back" hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1992, and stayed there for five weeks.  It was the #2 song on Billboard's year-end chart for 1992, behind only Whitney Houston's megahit "I Will Always Love You."  Sir Mix-a-Lot won the Grammy in 1993 for Best Rap Solo Performance for this song, and it was ranked as the #1 song on VH-1's Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the '90s and #6 on VH-1's Greatest Songs of the '90s.

My son, who is almost three, is fond of saying, "Oh my God, look at her butt" at pretty much any inopportune time (for instance, after picking up a toy megaphone off the shelf in a store and using said megaphone to project that line repeatedly).  I wish I could take credit for that, but apparently, the line is in a trailer for the movie "Sing," which he often watches on the iPad when he should probably be playing or something.

The video is just as over-the-top as the song, featuring Sir Mix-a-Lot shouting his love of big booties from the top of a big fake booty.

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