10 Things You Did Not Know About Seattle Native, Sir Mix-A-Lot
We love Sir Mix-A-Lot…and we can’t lie
You might think the song, “Baby Got Back,” is all there is to Sir Mix-A-Lot, but he continues to reveal time and time again that there’s so much more to him beneath the surface. He is versatile and innovative. Forward thinking, and futuristic. Creative and engaging. Yes, he is bubbly, entertaining and funny, but once you peel back the outer layers, you will discover that he is also a deeply thoughtful and introspective person.
We’re going to find out why he has the new nickname, “Chex Mix-A-Lot,” and we’ll discover 10 cool things you didn’t know about Sir Mix-A-Lot. It’s a catchy spin on the name for the wildly popular Seattle native, actor, producer and ’80s rap sensation.
Chex Mix-A-Lot Comment from TikTok user @Shawnee_33
screenshot @Shawnee_33 on Chex Mix via TikTok
We’ll also get a look at his new Chex Mix bagel chip ad.
Mr. Mix-a-Lot Lunch
John Riggs, Townsquare Media OVER 4 DECADES OF WINNING
Since 1981, Anthony Ray has been entertaining fans and rapping along to his music under the stage name, Sir Mix-A-Lot. Two of his biggest hits to date are of course the popular throwback jams, “Baby Got Back” and “Posse On Broadway.” (My personal favorite is “Buttermilk Biscuits,”)
A big takeaway from this interview I had with him is that the most important things in life for Sir Mix-A-Lot are “family, friends and home”.
WHAT HAS SIR MIX-A-LOT SEEN THE PAST YEAR?
2022 has been a fun year for Sir Mix-A-Lot. He was honored by the mayor of Seattle with November 3 being declared, “Sir Mix-A-Lot Day.” He also released a Funko Pop of himself, available on Amazon, Hot Topic, and GameStop. I thought it was so cool, I bought one for my little brother for his birthday!
1. Baby Got Back is BANNED
The song and video were initially banned by MTV (during certain parts of the day), but became the #1 most requested song and video on MTV and radio.
2. Sir Mix-A-Lot’s favorite song he ever recorded
His favorite song is “Y’all Don’t Know” from the Daddy’s Home album. He says it speaks to the pitfalls of fame, including his run-in with personal bankruptcy. (NOTE: Video is NSFW.)
3. Favorite places to eat in Washington state
If you were to be treated to dinner by Sir Mix-A-Lot in his home state of Washington, here are 2 places he says he’d love to take you:
1. Daniel’s waterfront steakhouse located on Lake Union in Seattle.DANIEL’S BROILER
809 Fairview Pl N
2. Barking Frog’s luxury bistro for breakfast; beignets for lunch.BALFSPADA
14580 NE 145th St
Sir Mix-a-lot & Dj Nahum Ray in Yakima, WA
TSM Yakima/Nahum Ray4 . How Sir Mix-A-Lot Feels About Money:
He says that “sometimes having too much money is not a good thing” and that “you have to learn how to manage your money, no matter how much you make.” It’s something he wishes he’d known about before his rise to fame.
5. His Guilty Pleasure Artists:
Would it shock you to hear that Sir Mix-A-Lot loves Gary Newman for using double entendre in the song lyrics? He says he is also a big fan of Jay-Z. The guilty pleasure song that surprised me the most that Sir Mix-A-Lot says he loves is “Like A Rock” by Bob Seger! He also says that people might be surprised to know that he is actually a big fan of country rock music.
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Sir Mix-A-Lot for All In WA: A Concert for COVID-19 Relief
Getty Images for All In WA6. Would Sir Mix-A-Lot ever consider doing a reality TV show?
Sir Mix-A-Lot feels that reality TV is something he would never consider doing. “I don’t like reality TV,” he says. Nuff said.
7. The best advice he was ever given:
Sir Mix-A-Lot says record producer Rick Rubin, the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, once advised him to stop deliberately recreating his song, “Swap Meet Louie.” “Be true to yourself” is advice that changed the trajectory of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s life. Once he followed this advice, Sir Mix-A-Lot began to find greater success with his music. (NOTE: Video is NSFW.)
8. He is deeply committed to charity work.
In 2021, Sir Mix-A-Lot created an NFT as a fundraiser for a colon cancer charity. His digital art consisted of designer “Bit Butts”. During the pandemic, he participated in the “Keep Music Alive” fundraiser so that local artists and music venues in Washington State could stay afloat during the coronavirus shutdown.
9. How has the COVID pandemic lockdown changed his life?
Sir Mix-A-Lot began spinning his musical talents during the pandemic shutdown, saying he taught himself how to create electronic gear. He now had time to discover a passion for building RF amplifiers and other electronics, which he in turn sold to other recording studio engineers around the country. He even updated his own recording studio to the Dolby Atmos studio setup.
10. How he feels about covers of his song, “Baby Got Back”:
Sir Mix-A-Lot is very protective about his song, Baby Got Back. He doesn’t let anyone taste it or make a cover of it. He owns the masters and wrote his own lyrics, which is a real win for music artists in the music industry.
There are two (2) covers of his song that are his favourites:
NICKI MINAJ, ANACONDA
Sir Mix-A-Lot says that his favorite (sampled) version of his song is Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda. He says Nicki is an “animal in the studio!” (NSFW)
JOE NICHOLS, BABY’S BACK
He also loves country star Joe Nichols’ version. We loved Sir Mix-A-Lot’s cameo at the beginning of this video.
11. Bonus question from a Facebook fan named Andre: Why did he say he liked big butts, but the music video showed women who were “long-backed”?
Sir Mix-A-Lot says that he wanted models who were naturally abundantly blessed with large butts, but at the time of filming, the record company turned down all but 2 of his dancer requests. They replaced his choices with women they wanted to be in the music video. The record company took control of the direction of the video and the dance moves the video vixens they chose did in it. The takeover was disappointing for Sir Mix-A-Lot, as he says his song poked fun at what the media considers beautiful in women. He says if you look deeper into the lyrics, his song is about culture, not butt. He wanted Baby Got Back to “poke the American standard in the eye!” He wanted to put women with big buttocks “on a pedestal”.
We can’t wait to see what Sir Mix-A-Lot has in store for 2023. He already started the year on a big note with his new ad for Chex Mix bagel chips. For the ad, he teamed up with TikTok star Chrissy Allen, better known as csapunch. Chrissy has more than 2 million followers and has been entertaining fans on social media with her hilarious fast-paced videos that poke fun at being a Millenial who grew up on the cusp of Gen X.
Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Chex Mix commercial
Chex Mix via Tiktok
Chex Mix with Sir Mixalot and csapunch
Chex Mix via TikTok
Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Chex Mix commercial
Chex Mix via TikTok
Chex Mix via TikTok
Chex Mix via TikTokChex Mix TikTok – over 1.8M [email protected] Which emoji best describes your reaction? #chexmix #bagelisback ♬ Bagel is back by Chex Mix – Chex Mix
If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the full Chex Mix commercial featuring Sir Mix-A-Lot and the hilarious and beloved TikTok star, csapunch.
@chexmix BAGEL IS BACK #chexmix #bagelisback ♬ Bagel is back by Chex Mix – Chex Mix
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