Sir Mix-a-Lot in December 2006
Background information Birth name Anthony Ray Born August 12, 1963
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, West Coast rap, old school hip hop Occupations Rapper, songwriter, producer, performer Years active 1986–present Labels Nastymix/Ichiban, American Recordings, Artist Direct/BMG Website www.sirmixalot.com
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. Sir Mix-a-Lot is best known for his 1992 album Mack Daddy and its Grammy Award-winning single "Baby Got Back."
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. 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. In 1990, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified Swass platinum for selling a million copies.
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 and won the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. 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.
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. Despite having taken several years off from recording, Sir Mix-a-Lot is still known to mix frequently.
In 2010, Sir Mix-a-Lot announced his next album, Dun 4got About Mix. The lead single "Carz" was released to YouTube on 23 Nov 2010. By June 2011, the video had accquired over a million views, although no release date for the album has been set.
Film and Television
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.
Mix-a-Lot is more than willing to poke fun at his best-known song, "Baby Got Back": In 2006, Sir Mix-a-Lot appeared as himself in the second season episode of Tom Goes to the Mayor, "My Big Cups", in which he raps the jingle for Tom's latest commercial enterprise, a store that sells big cups. He also appeared as himself in The Simpsons episode Treehouse of Horror XVII singing a parody called "Baby Likes Fat." He also made an appearance on the stop-motion animated sketch comedy show Robot Chicken performing another parody, "Table Be Round" about King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
He is currently trying to make a comeback with a new label that should make its release at the end of 2011.
Sir Mix-a-Lot provides narration and commentary in Wheedle's Groove, a 2009 documentary about the Seattle 1960s and 70s funk and soul scene.
- Swass (1988)
- Seminar (1989)
- Mack Daddy (1992)
- Chief Boot Knocka (1994)
- Return of the Bumpasaurus (1996)
- Daddy's Home (2003)
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- ^ a b "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=&artist=Sir%20Mix%20a%20Lot&format=&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=&before=&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2009&sort=Artist&perPage=25. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
- ^ "Sir Mix-A-Lot - Charts & Awards - Grammy Awards". allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p96. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
- ^ Kaufman, Gil (2003-08-01). "Sir Mix-A-Lot Hoping Baby's Got Comeback". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1475234/20030801/sir_mix_a_lot.jhtml. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
- ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0817849/
- ^ http://www.siff.net/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=41222&FID=166
- Sir Mix-A-Lot Official site
- Official site at Artist Direct
- Sir Mix-a-Lot at the Internet Movie Database
- Sir Mix-A-Lot at MySpace
Singles"Square Dance Rap" · "Posse on Broadway" · "Rippn'" (with Kid Sensation) / "Attack on the Stars" · "Iron Man" (featuring Metal Church) · "Beepers" · "My Hooptie" · "I Got Game" · "National Anthem" · "One Time's Got No Case" · "Baby Got Back" · "Swap Meet Louie" · "Put 'em on the Glass" · "Ride" · "Sleepin' Wit My Fonk" · "Jump on It" · "Batter Up" · "Big Johnson" · "'Til da Sun Cums Up" VideographyMusic VideosVHS & DVDMaconomics · Shhh... Don't Tell 'em That CompilationsBeepers, Benzos & Booty: The Best of Sir Mix-a-Lot · Playlist · Super Hits Related articlesJudgment Night · Subset
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