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Sir Mix-a-Lot

Sir Mix-a-Lot in December 2006
Background information
Birth name Anthony Ray
Born August 12, 1963 (1963-08-12) (age 46)
Origin Seattle, Washington, USA
Genres Rap
Years active 1985—2003
Labels Nastymix/Ichiban Records, American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records, Artist Direct/BMG Records

Anthony Ray (born August 12, 1963), better known by his stage name Sir Mix-a-Lot, is an emcee and producer based in Seattle, Washington. The founder of the Nastymix record label, he debuted in 1988 with Swass. In 1992, he debuted on a major label with his album Mack Daddy, whose single "Baby Got Back" reached the top of the American singles chart and won a Grammy Award.



In 1986, Sir Mix-a-Lot and his DJ, Nasty Nes founded the Nastymix record label. His first hit, released in 1987, was the single "Posse on Broadway," whose title referred to a street in Seattle's Capitol Hill district.[1] The Godzilla remix of "Posse on Broadway" contained a sample from David Bowie's 1975 hit "Fame," but neither the album version nor the original seven-inch edit version (which was used for the video) used the Bowie sample. Swass, his debut album, was released in 1988, with two other singles: "Square-Dance Rap" and a hip hop cover of the Black Sabbath song "Iron Man" backed by the band Metal Church.[1] In 1990, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified Swass platinum for selling a million copies.[2]

Sir Mix-A-Lot debuted on the Def American label, which also bought the rights of his first two albums, with Mack Daddy in 1992. Its single "Baby Got Back" was a number-one hit that went double platinum[2] and won the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.[3] MTV aired the video for "Baby Got Back" only during evening hours because of its sexual nature. In 1993, Sir Mix-a-Lot collaborated with Seattle-based grunge group Mudhoney for the song "Freak Momma" on the Judgment Night soundtrack.[1]

In 1995, Sir Mix-a-Lot starred as the titular character of the short-lived TV series The Watcher. The show was one of the first dramas aired on the fledgling broadcast network, UPN. Reminiscent of series such as The Twilight Zone, Sir-Mix-a-Lot functioned as an omniscient narrator who introduced each episode, which would feature a new tale set in the seamy underbelly of Las Vegas.[4]

Low label promotion of his 1996 album Return of the Bumpasaurus led Sir Mix-a-Lot to leave the American label. During the three year break, Sir Mix-a-Lot worked closely with another group, The Presidents of the United States of America under the group name "Subset" with a combination of rock and rap music, but nothing was ever officially released. Sir Mix-a-Lot signed with the independent Artist Direct label for his 2003 album Daddy's Home with "Big Johnson" as its lead single.[1][5]




Year Title Peak chart positions[6] RIAA certification[2]
U.S. U.S. R&B
1988 Swass
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download
82 20 Platinum
1989 Seminar
  • Label: American
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download
67 25 Gold
1992 Mack Daddy
  • Released: February 4, 1992
  • Label: Uptown
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download
9 19 Platinum
1994 Chief Boot Knocka
  • Released: July 19, 1994
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download
69 28
1996 Return of the Bumpasaurus
  • Released: August 27, 1996
  • Label: American
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download
123 55
2003 Daddy's Home
  • Released: September 9, 2003
  • Label: Artist Direct
  • Format: CD, digital download


Year Title Peak chart positions[7] RIAA certification[2] Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap U.S. Dance Singles
1988 "Posse on Broadway" 70 44 21 Swass
1989 "Iron Man" 17
"Beepers" 61 2 Seminar
1990 "I Got Game" 86 20
"My Hooptie" 49 7
1992 "Baby Got Back" 1 27 7 1 2× Platinum Mack Daddy
"One Time's Got No Case" 10
1994 "Ride" 47 Chief Boot Knocka
1996 "Jump on It" 97 89 27 37 Return of the Bumpasaurus


  • "Posse on Broadway"
  • "Iron Man"
  • "My Hooptie"
  • "Beepers"
  • "Baby Got Back"
  • "Ride"
  • "One Time's Got No Case"
  • "Jump on It!"
  • "Put 'Em on the Glass"
  • "Batter Up"


  • Mac-o-Nomics


  • Shhh... Don't Tell 'Em That..


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Simple English

Sir Mix-a-Lot (born Anthony Ray on August 12, 1963) is an American rapper and producer.

His style of music is called "hip-hop." He is from Seattle, Washington, and he is most famous for his hit song "Baby Got Back". That song has catchy phrases and cheap humor, and it talks about liking big butts. This made it popular in the United States during the 1990s.

Sir Mix-a-Lot is not actually a peer of the realm but has assumed the title 'Sir' for humorous or ironic effect.


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