Sir Mix-A-Lot: "I Wanted to Do More Than Rap About Women as Sex Objects"

Sir Mix-A-Lot is keeping his pimp hand strong.
Three decades is a long time to be involved in hip-hop. And many have tried to put an expiration date on the art form, believing that it's taboo to be in hip-hop after the age of 30. As time goes on, however, artists like Jay-Z, Eminem, and 2 Chainz have proven that age has no limits when it comes to creativity. Ditto for rap legend Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Seattle's original rap superstar -- who's spent the last several years producing and mixing as well as performing -- still has major game, which you can witness for yourself tomorrow night when he brings his brand of high energy, sexually tinged rhythms to the Viva PHX music festival.

Thing is, Sir Mix-A-Lot isn't coming to town just to rap, as he's also getting in some studio time, something he discussed with Up On the Sun during a recent phone interview. The 50-year-old rapper also dropped dime on his feelings about fellow Sea-Tac hip-hop artist Macklemore, as well as Miley Cyrus and how his first hit "Posse on Broadway" was partially inspired by a trip to Phoenix.

Oh, and we also discussed "Baby Got Back," the song that's utterly synonymous with Sir Mix-A-Lot and not only changed his career, but also the hip-hop world as a whole.

How are you doing?

I'm doing good right now! I am actually on my way out there (Phoenix) right now. I'm coming out there early to chill for a little bit and hit the studio.

A lot of people don't realize that you are actually a major pioneer of the Seattle hip-hop movement, even before the success of "Baby Got Back." You had "Posse on Broadway," which has been widely sampled and influential in the growth of hip-hop and EDM. You also garnered the first hip-hop platinum plaque and Grammy for the city. So how do feel about the recent success of Macklemore and Seattle hip hop in 2014?

I love it, man. It's evolution, kind of like passing the proverbial baton. Macklemore took it and ran with it. He optimizes the way the business should be ran today, no more sitting around waiting on major labels. He became a walking, talking brand and he is good at it. So I am happy for him for keeping eyes on Sea-Town.

Have you ever done anything with Macklemore?

Oh man yeah, I did a full out interview with him and have rocked a few shows with him. He is probably the most down to earth multi-millionaire I have ever met.

Any other Seattle hip-hop artists that we should keep an ear out for?

There is this guy Outasight who will be rocking on stage with me, that boy can rap his ass off. There are groups like Blue Scholars and Common Ground that are really starting to bubble.

Location Info

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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