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Sir Mix-a-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' gets re-imagined [Video]

Sir Mix-a-Lot's classic, tawdry anthem "Baby Got Back" gets help from nearly 300 popular films and TV shows.

August 15, 2012|By Gerrick D. Kennedy
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot's best known song, "Baby Got Back," reigned at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks in the summer of 1992. The song won a Grammy Award for rap solo performance and has spawned countless parodies over the last 20 years.
Sir Mix-a-Lot's best known song, "Baby Got Back," reigned… (American Recordings )

Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" has remained the go-to anthem for celebrating voluptuous bottoms since its release 20 years ago (yes, it's really been that long -- try not to wince at that fact).

Now, the tawdry party jam that’s found a permanent home at frat parties and sketchy nightclubs across the U.S. has gotten a pretty cool makeover by a YouTuber with a scary amount of free time.

Using clips from more that 295 films and TV shows, the song is spoken-sung by a breadth of characters from classic cinema titles including “Casablanca,” “Desperado,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Pulp Ficton” and “Full Metal Jacket.” 

Of course, the frenetically edited clip -- it could greatly benefit from a warning to viewers prone to epileptic seizures -- also pulls greatly from seminal frat brother gems such as “American Pie,” “Animal House” and “Dazed and Confused.” (Check out the video below)

The YouTuber, who goes by dondrapersayswhat, didn’t indicate how long it took to complete the project, but kudos for making the song feel seamless, unlike some of the other popular memes to hit the Web (President Obama “singing” Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” for example). Dondrapersayswhat video uploads, which also include a similiarly themed but less successful edit of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing," have amassed more than 2.6 million views.

"Baby Got Back" reigned at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks in the summer of 1992, and it went on to score a Grammy for rap solo performance. Over the last 20 years, the single has spawned countless parodies, but none is as fun as when Sir Mix-a-Lot gets in on the action.

He has notably poked fun at himself on an episode of “The Simpsons” (changing the chorus to “Baby Got Fat”) and Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken,” where puppet versions of King Arthur and his knights had the rapper perform “Table Be Round.”


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