Coming Around Again Podcast: Has Sir Mix-a-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' Survived 25 Years of Being Turned Into a Cliche?

Pop Shop Podcast: Sir Mix-a-Lot
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Sir Mix-a-Lot photographed in 1992.

Welcome to the Coming Around Again Podcast, the new member of the Pop Shop family, where host Andrew Unterberger and a variety of guests will be discussing notable anniversaries being celebrated in the music world.

This week, it's all things Sir Mix-a-Lot, as the rapper's iconic booty anthem "Baby Got Back" was released as a single 25 years ago Sunday. Coming at a time before pro-posterior songs were something close to the norm in hip-hop, "Baby" drew a fair amount of controversy for its subject matter (and cartoonishly ass-advertising video), but quickly topped the Hot 100 and became not only the definitive butt jam, but one of the best-remembered rap songs of the '90s.

Natalie Weiner, former Billboard editor and podcaster (and current Bleacher Report staff writer), stops by the podcast to discuss Mix and "Baby" from the Seattle perspective -- as until the emergence of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sir Mix-a-Lot reigned unquestioned as the best-known rapper from the Emerald City. Natalie and Andrew also talk about what a bold move the song was back in 1992, and if that still shines through after a quarter-century of it being abused at karaoke nights and frat parties.

Listen below, and be sure to check back every Thursday to see which classic artists, albums and songs are Coming Around Again!


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