Sir Mix-A-Lot Discusses Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Single & Music Video

September 16, 2014 by Danny M

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Sir Mix-A-Lot Chats About Nicki Minaj Anaconda Single & Music Video

Last week, Sir Mix-A-Lot chopped it up with Billboard about Nicki Minaj sampling his “Baby Got Back” song on her “Anaconda” single.

The rapper/producer chatted about how the sample happened, being in contact with Nicki as she was recording “Anaconda“, the music video, nearly getting the chance to perform it live with Minaj, booty, and more.

You can read the interview below!

When did you learn that “Baby Got Back” was going to be sampled?
Nicki got my manager’s number through Universal, we both have deals with Universal, and she got on the phone with us one night. It was just old school vibing. She had this idea she was feeling pretty good about. We had already told her it was cool to use it [but] she called back saying she wanted to change something about the chorus. She ended up coming up with all the ideas. Next thing I know, the song was done. One thing I’ll say about her is she’s a beast in the studio. I think sometimes, people look at the sexy stuff and they think she shows up and does her vocal time and then leaves. No. That girl works hard. I was very impressed with her work ethic.

Did she send you drafts or did she just ask your permission to sample it?
I had just heard small little snippets of what was going on. After that, she didn’t send anything, which was understandable, because things get leaked and it takes the edge off the release. I understood why there were no copies.

When you first heard the record, what was your impression?
I really like it and it’s funny because some people tell me, ‘oh, that’s not the meaning of ‘Baby Got Back,’ because it’s not “Baby Got Back!” Don’t get me started on that. But, when I first heard it, I really liked it. I liked the change in feel. She did a lot of things, like at one point she really slowed the track down at half-speed and then went back to full speed. It was pretty fun. It was a cool song.

The song was a big deal, but the official music video took it to a whole new stratosphere. What was your first impression of the video?
I was like, “Damn!” I’m not exaggerating. I watched it probably 10 more times just to see who all these women were. But, I thought it was fun. What it said, on a more serious note, when I did “Baby Got Back,” women with curves were not accepted. But that’s a fact, they were not in the mainstream. We’ve come 180 degrees from that point. Not only is it accepted, but it’s also expected, which I thought was cool. To me, if nothing else proved it, that did. It was a sexy ass video. I tell people all the time, I’m Mix-A-Lot. I’m not a rocket scientist. I’m not stupid, but I believe in having fun with music, and that’s what I believe it was. It was fun. I had a ball with the song, I loved the song. What was really impressive, honestly, was the way she ramped up her social media efforts. Just being on the inside looking out… it was incredible to watch it ramping up and the fans retweeted her stuff.

What’s been this new generation’s reaction to discovering your song? I’m sure there are plenty of people who are just learning about “Baby Got Back.”
I haven’t run into those people yet. The people that I’ve been running into, they’re like, ‘it’s about time someone used it.’ These are kids. I’m talking about 17, 18-year old kids walking up, going, “I’ve been listening to that track since I was 12, about time somebody did it.’ But it’s really interesting that YouTube has become everybody’s music source, so people get to go backwards in time and listen to stuff.

Have you thought about or been asked to perform the sample part with Nicki Minaj at any point?
That was something that had been discussed but some things didn’t work out on my end, on my side, really. It was timing, I was on tour and other stuff, but you know, my thing is, I don’t want get in the way of the track. A lot of people say that we need to do something together, but in my opinion, this is Nicki’s creation, this is her thing and getting in the way of it is not cool. I think it should be done the way she wants it done. If she asks, great. If she doesn’t, it doesn’t offend me at all. It’s a beautiful thing. One thing you don’t want is some fart getting in the way of the track. That’s how I feel about it, and there are so many guys who have been where I’ve been and seem to resist the fact that the game is being pushed forward. But that’s natural, it goes where it’s supposed to go. So I love it, and I don’t want to get in the way of it at all. She doesn’t have to pay homage; she’s already done that by redoing the track.

You mentioned that it’s been such a 180 to focus on curvaceous women, and now, especially, there’s such a focus on butts. Why do you think booty has only recently gone mainstream?
A lot of people try to give me credit for it. When I did “Baby Got Back,” that was just a reflection of the African-American community. We’ve always liked curves, and a lot of people misunderstood it because let’s face it: 20 years prior to “Baby Got Back,” the only images you saw of a black woman on television were she was probably 300 pounds and cleaning the house with a rag on her head. Or, they were comfortable with the African-American female image that was basically an assimilation to what white America wanted.

There was always a desire in the community [for] the hourglass figure. We loved the curvaceous women, the little waist, the hips, the boobs… the equipment. “Baby Got Back” was already a reflection of what was going on. I didn’t see it as this gigantic political statement. When I designed that song, it was to just be an out for women, to tell them to stop wrapping these big sweaters around their waist [and] quit being ashamed. It’s like Serena Williams — she’s not fat. She’s in shape, and she happens to have a butt. She’s not ashamed of it, and I love that. So I don’t know if I did it, but I may be part of the reason that the masses kind of took a liking to it because it was an uphill battle. Let’s face it: that Cosmo line [“So Cosmo says you’re fat/ Well I ain’t down with that!”] didn’t go over well back then.

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2 Responses to “Sir Mix-A-Lot Discusses Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Single & Music Video”

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