Hits sometimes have unintended consequences: Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” is No. 3 on the Hot 100, and because that song samples Sir Mix-a-Lot‘s “Baby Got Back,” Mix-a-Lot is enjoying a level of attention he probably hasn’t received since the 1990s. Mr. Mix-a-Lot did a Reddit AMA on Saturday to capitalize on this second wave of fame.
During his AMA, he talked about his hobbies, who he would make music with if he was alive during the 1950s, and his favorite song. He even advised one person on the correct procedure for getting “vocals to stand out in a rather chaotic mix.” Now that Mix-a-Lot is hot again, who does he want to collaborate with? “This is gonna sound weird,” he suggested, before offering a few answers: “KORN (i love Korn)… Gary Numan… and probably — I was gonna say Prince, but that might be difficult, he would like take over the studio — and Madonna.” (Incidentally, Madonna has been bringing a lot of artists through her studio, so Mix-a-Lot might be able to make this happen.)
In case anyone was worried about potential Minaj-Mix-a-Lot beef, he’s totally cool with her hit. (He better be, since “Baby Got Back” samples a song from 1986, Channel One’s “Technicolor”). “It’s amazing how people — I guess maybe because they’re not in the industry — but how people think I should be mad about the song,” said Mix-a-Lot. “I think it’s cool, she took part of the song, she made a Nicki Minaj song. I love the track, I have fun listening to the track, it’s crazy as hell, and for a guy who likes butts, how can i look at the video and say I don’t like it?”
This answer reflects Mix-a-Lot’s generally laid-back attitude. When asked if he held “any negative feelings about being remembered mainly as ‘the guy who did that Big Butts song,'” he replied, “I see a lot of artists that have hit records. And then for some reason, after they’ve gotten all that money from the record, they go on a campaign to diss the very record that made them rich. I think that’s ignorant. That’s one of the stupidest business models I’ve ever seen in my life.” Mix-a-Lot believes in pragmatism and keeping a level-head — unless he’s in the studio with Prince.