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Sir Mix-A-Lot, a.k.a. Anthony Ray, may have become best known for “Baby Got Back“
over 20 years ago, but his career spans nearly 30 years, and he’s never
stopped trying to create a genuine connection with his fans. He’s a
singer, songwriter, producer, actor, technologist, and car aficionado.
He runs the independent label Rhyme Cartel. Find him on Twitter @therealmix.
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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is one
of the biggest acts out of Seattle in the last 30 years. Mix had
something cooking with Lewis when we spoke, which was an appearance in the video for White Walls in early September.
“Baby Got Back” was pulled from MTV for its sexual content, which turned it into a hit. I wrote about Jonathan Coulton’s version of “Baby” being copied by the TV show Glee for the Economist, and he and I talked about that and a lot more in “Baby Got Back Catalog” (Episode 16, March 2013). Mix made a sort of self-parody response to “Baby” about men called “Big Johnson.”
Patty and Mildred Hill were pioneers in early childhood development in the late 1800s, and wrote the music (but not lyrics) for what became “Happy Birthday to You.” Mildred is believed to have written an essay (PDF link)
under the name Johann Tonsor that in 1893 predicted that
African-American music as it had developed would form the basis of “a
distinctively American music.” (Warning to readers: the essay is a
product of its time in terms of its racial descriptions.)