During an interview with VladTV, Sir Mix-a-Lot was asked about the use of his 1992 record “Baby Got Back” on Nicki Minaj’s newly-released track, “Anaconda”. Sir Mix-a-Lot had nothing but praise for her and her work ethic. He also encouraged other artist to use his single.
He later gave Minaj credit for being “a beast in the studio” compared to “a lot of lazy artists” out.
“That’s what I like, man. Use it, use it, use it,” Sir Mix-A-Lot said when asked about Nicki’s use of “Baby Got Back.” “We had heard about it through Universal because we have a mutual relationship with Universal Music. So, Universal told us about it. Then Nicki gave us a call. Talked to Nicki on the phone. She was a beast in the studio, man. I was impressed. Work ethic means a lot to me because I know a lot of lazy artists right now. [They] just sit around and wait for the producer to finish. And it was cool that she called up. Talked about it. She was vibing on the song. She actually had another version first. And then I heard the new version when everyone else did. She’s good at keeping her mouth shut, man…I have a whole new level of respect for her because of that record.”
Later during the interview, Sir Mix-a-Lot recalled not being able to use the girls he wanted for his music video.He then labeled Nicki’s “Anaconda” the “new and improved version” of “Baby Got Back.”
“It was the new and improved version,” Sir Mix-a-Lot said. “Because when I did mine the girls that had the nice asses in my video I wasn’t allowed to use. Right? So, they bumped a lot of ‘em. And we ended up using girls that didn’t really have asses. But this is a new era. And Nicki’s in charge. How they gonna say ‘no’ to a woman talking about some asses? Beautiful. If I could’ve just been on the set that would have been cool with me.”