Sir Mix-A-Lot knows that, when a song gets as big as "Baby Got Back," people are going to want to use it. As a music engineer who sampled songs he liked on his earliest records, he wasn't mad at all when Nicki Minaj sampled his hit tune on her single "Anaconda," AKA "Baby Got Back The Cover Only Not A Cover Cover." Both Ray and Minaj have deals with Universal, so the two talked one night, but he'd already said it was OK to sample his song. Plus, he likes her song, and said the music video "was a sexy ass video."
In a "Oprah: Where are They Now?" segment, Mix says that he doesn't ask for a bunch of money up front when someone wants to use his material. He says "I just want to see how the track goes and let it blow up." Well, "Anaconda" sure blew up, and that was good.
Minaj wasn't, however, the first hit-maker to sample a Sir Mix-A-Lot track. In 2004, Cee-Lo Green recorded "Don't Cha" with Ms. Alamaze, which sampled the title track from Swass, changing the chorus from "Don't you wish your boyfriend was Swass like me" to "don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me" and so on. The New York Times documents the whole journey of the song, all the way to the Pussycat Dolls' single in May of 2004.
Funnily enough, most of the controversy centered around the difference between Alamaze's version and the Dolls'. (Alamaze calls them "The Copycat Dolls," which … alright, fine, that's pretty clever.) Either way, we're sure Mix is getting paid, just like he got paid for this Burger King commercial. You're welcome. Yep, that's Sir Mix-A-Lot singing about square SpongeBob butts.