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"Baby Got Back"
Single by Sir Mix-a-Lot
from the album Mack Daddy
B-side "Cake Boy"
Released February 27, 1992 [1]
Format 7", 12", Cassette single, CD single
Recorded 1991
Genre Hip hop, rap
Length 4:22
Label Def American
Writer(s) Sir Mix-a-Lot
Producer Sir Mix-a-Lot
Sir Mix-a-Lot singles chronology
"I Got Game"
(1991)
"Baby Got Back"
(1992)
"Ride"
(1992)

"Baby Got Back" is a 1992 hip hop song by Sir Mix-a-Lot from his album Mack Daddy. The song memorably starts with a discussion between two thin, white valley girls, with one girl remarking to the other "Oh my God, Becky! Look at her butt! It is so big. She looks like one of those rap guys' girlfriends." At the time of its original release, the song caused controversy with its outspoken and blatantly sexual lyrics about the female anatomy, and the video was briefly banned by MTV.[1] However, it has remained very popular over time. It samples Channel One's "Technicolor".

In 2008, it was ranked number 17 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop[2].

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Chart performance and awards

Sir Mix-a-Lot's best known song, "Baby Got Back" reached number 1 on the United States' Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks in the summer of 1992, and won a 1993 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. It is known to be a fairly common song over a decade later in many movies, shows, music videos, even commercials. It was placed at number 6 on Vh1's Greatest Songs of the '90s.

Alternate versions

  • Sir Mix-a-Lot has recorded at least three different commercial versions of the hit song, one a Target commercial aimed towards preteens that replaces "I like big butts and I cannot lie" with "I like backpacks and I cannot lie", the other is a ringtone that begins "Pick up the phone! Pick up the phone! 'Cause you want this call and you cannot lie!". An Adelie penguin named Ramone sings to an Emperor penguin named Gloria in the movie Happy Feet: "I like big tails and I can't deny!"
  • A reworded version was released soon after by MC Sampler (Harry Artin), named "Baby Got Jack", where instead of wanting big butts, Sampler wants a "White honkey, with a real small booty"; this song is commonly miscredited to Adam Sandler and Weird Al Yankovic, much to the distress of Sampler as his YouTube video implies.
  • Dan "Southpaw" Smith released a version called "Baby Got Book" about how his girlfriend is a good Christian, and has "Big Bibles".
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot played a heavy metal version of "Baby Got Back" during a live show at the Showbox in Seatttle on July 18, 2008.
  • In April 2009, Burger King released a commercial in the U.S. promoting the opportunity to receive a BK Kids' Meal deal that includes a SpongeBob Squarepants toy for 99 cents with a purchase of an Adult Value Meal. The commercial is a parody of the music video featuring rapping by The Burger King who starts with the line "I Like Square Butts, and I cannot lie..." and women flaunting their square-shaped buttocks throughout. Sir-Mix-A-Lot himself makes a brief cameo appearance in the commercial watching the ad, saying "Booty is booty."[7]
  • Uncle Leon & the Alibis covered this song in 2006, on the Album "Drunk" [8]

Funny performances

  • In November 2007, John and Michelle Brubaker choreographed their wedding dance to "Baby Got Back" and the YouTube video spread virally around the world, receiving nearly 13 million views to date[9][10][11][12]. John Brubaker is a firefighter and Michelle Brubaker is the owner of Petopia.tv.[13]
  • In episode 6 of the first season of the comic series "Futurama" (A Fishful of Dollars), Fry stays secluded in his apartment, listening 20th century music; Leela comes to visit while Fry listens "Baby got back" and she tells Fry he can't stay all day there listening "Classical Music" !

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See also

Preceded by
"I'll Be There" by Mariah Carey
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
July 4, 1992 – August 1, 1992
Succeeded by
"This Used to Be My Playground" by Madonna







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