Sir Mix-A-Lot Explains The True Meaning Behind His Hit Song ‘Baby Got Back’
BY: NISHA THOMAS
When Sir Mix-a-Lot first released “Baby Got Back” back in 1992, he was very serious about it being a “word to thick soul sistas.”
In his recent interview with ‘Oprah: Where Are They Now’, the iconic hip hop pioneer said that the hit was first written for black women who didn’t see their curves being reflected in mainstream media.
“There’s another [type of] beautiful that, for some reason, is not being talked about much,” Mix-a-Lot said in the interview. “I wanted to talk about it.”
The famous rapper said that his goal was to enable the African American community and shine a light on the beautiful black women that live in it – whose bodies are hardly ever seen on runways and in commercials. Mix-A-Lot wanted them to see themselves as beautiful.
“It was kind of an empowering song by accident,” he said. “Every line in that song was written with that in mind. Pick at the establishment — not too much, not too over the top — and lift the sistas up. Constantly elevate them, even at the risk of dissing yourself.”
Mix-A-Lot also said that the song had been inspired by images of women that he has seen on television and in movies. There were thin, blonde models in commercials for Budweiser and the rapper explained that black actresses had only been casted on television as maids and servants, nothing more than that.
“Baby Got Back” had been written to remind women of the fact that there was more to offer than just the limiting stereotypes that media would show. “I didn’t want women to look at Cosmo as the goal,” Mix-a-Lot said. “Don’t look at Cosmo and say, ‘I’ve got to get that physique so they’ll put me in pictures.’ Don’t worry about them! Baby, you are beautiful, you are gorgeous, you can do what you want to do. The hell with them.”
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