It appears that 1992 was the International Year of The Booty. Because 1992 not only introduced the world to “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot. We also grooved to the sounds of “Rump Shaker” by Wreckx n’ Effects. It was an election year, after all, and the beginning of Bill Clinton’s time in the White House. So I like to believe all the rump songs were an homage to all of Clinton’s future romping. But maybe it was all just a big coincidence.
Regardless, no one ever made more money or made the backside more famous than Sir Mix-a-Lot. Sisqo tried to bring back the International Year of The Booty in 2000 when the “Thong Song” hit #3 on the Billboard charts hit in 2000. But “Thong Song” today is largely regarded as an obnoxious hit from an artist who is actually a two-hit wonder (“Incomplete,” Sisqo’s follow-up single to the “Thong Song” hit #1 in 2000).
And Sisqo’s song is about an article of clothing unlike Mix-a-Lot who focuses only the the booty. So our booty call goes to Mix-a-Lot.
To bring the booty analysis full circle, 2000 was the end of Bill Clinton’s time in the White House. Another cosmic coincidence? Only America’s rappers truly know.
We’re certain we’re missing more booty songs so please share your favorites with us and we may an essential list of the “Top 10 Songs about the Booty.” But that’s for another day.
Today we’re here to honor Mix-a-Lot. A man so dignified, the people demanded he add a “Sir” to his name.
Upon its release in 1992, “Baby Got Back” was immediately controversial for its below-the-belt topic and blatant lyrics about “big butts.” MTV briefly banned the video. But today the video is seen often on VH1 Classic and fondly remembered by kids and adults alike, whether they are booty connoisseurs or not.
And why not? It’s a harmless enough song and Mix-a-Lot seems like a likable gentleman (don’t forget the Sir in his name).
So harmless, in fact, “Baby Got Back” spent five weeks as the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the summer of 1992. Plus, it won a 1993 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.
The song is ubiquitous and has been used in videos, movies, commercials since then. VH1 ranked “Baby Got Back” #6 on Vh1’s Greatest Songs of the ’90s. And VH1 ranked “Baby Got Back” #17 on their “100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop” list.
Plus, legendary lounge singer Richard Cheese added his version to the “Baby Got Back” cannon in the early 2000s. It’s must-hear music.
Pretty amazing for a simple song about a man who says “I like big butts and I cannot lie.”
Listen to “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot
Filed under: 1990s, Hip Hop · Tags: #1 hit, #1 song, 1992, Billboard number one hit, Grammy Award, Hip Hop, hip hop one hit wonder, number one song, one hit wonder, Richard Cheese, rump shaker, Sir Mix A Lot, Wreckx n' Effects