Sir Mix-A-Lot
red devil Baby Got Back
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Original Translation of Slang

Valley Girl
Oh--my--god, Becky, look at her butt
It is so big
She looks like one of those rap guy's girlfriends
Who understands those rap guys?
They only talk to her because she looks like a total prostitute, okay?
I mean her butt
It's just so big
I can't believe it's so round
It's just out there
I mean it's gross
Look. she's just so black

Valley Girl*
Oh--my--god, Becky, look at her butt (buttocks).
It is so big.
She looks like one of those rapper's girlfriends.
Who understands those rappers?
They only talk to her because she looks exactly like a prostitute, okay?
I mean her butt--
It's just so big.
I can't believe it's so round.
It extends so far beyond the rest of her body.
I mean it's disgusting.
Look. she's just so black!

*Valley Girls, a phenomenon of 1980s Southern California, were vapid teenagers with a special way of talking. For more information see Ask AC: 818.

Sir Mix-A-Lot
I like big butts and I cannot lie
You other brothers can't deny
That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
And a round thing in your face
You get sprung
Wanna pull up tough
'Cuz you notice that butt was stuffed
Deep in the jeans she's wearing
I'm hooked and I can't stop staring
Oh, baby, I wanna get with ya
And take your picture
My homeboys tried to warn me
But that butt you got makes
(audio clip) Me so horny
Ooh, Rump-o-smooth-skin
You say you wanna get in my Benz
Well use me, use me 'cuz you ain't that average groupie.

Sir Mix-A-Lot
I like big butts and I cannot lie.
You fellow black men can't deny
That when a girl walks in with an tiny waist
And a round butt close in front of you,
You get an erection.
You want to appear manly
because you noticed her tight jeans
are filled to capacity with her large butt.
I'm addicted to it, and I can't stop staring.
Oh, baby, I want to be intimate with you
And take your picture.
My friends tried to warn me,
But that butt you've got makes
(audio clip) me sexually excited*
Ooh, butt with smooth skin**,
You say you want to get in my Mercedes Benz luxury car.
Well use me, use me because you aren't like the usual girls who follow musicians and offer them sex.

*This audio comes from the 1987 Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket, and the line is spoken by a Vietnamese prostitute trying to get business from two American soldiers. That sentence and the one that follows (Me love you long time) have been referenced in other popular songs, such as London Bridge, by Fergie and Me So Horny, by Two Live Crew.

**Play on Rumpelstiltskin, the name of a character in a traditional fairy tale. Rump is a synonym for butt.

I've seen her dancin'
To hell with romancin'
She sweat, wet, got it goin' like a turbo 'Vette
I'm tired of magazines
saying flat butts the only thing
Take the average black man and ask him that
She gotta pack much back, so
Fellas (yeah), fellas (yeah)
Has your girlfriend got the butt (Hell yeah)
Well shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake that healthy butt
Baby got back

LA face with an Oakland booty

 

I've seen her dancing.
Forget about romance.
She is sweating and wet and is shaking her butt fast, like a Corvette sports car with a turbo engine.
I'm tired of magazines
that say flat butts are the best.
Take the average black man and ask him about that.
He'll say, "She has got to have a large butt," so
Men (yes!), men (yes!),
Has your girlfriend got a big butt? (Definitely!)
Well shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake that healthy butt.
The woman has a large butt.

She has the face of a Hollywood actress, but the butt of a girl in a rap video*

*At the time this song was released (1992), Oakland was well-known as the home to many famous rappers. Then as now, women with "healthy butts" were prominently featured in rap music videos, such as the one for Oakland native MC Hammer's 1990 hit song U Can't Touch This.

I like 'em round and big
And when I'm throwin' a gig
I just can't help myself
I'm actin' like a animal
Now here's my scandal

 

I like them round and big,
And when I'm playing a concert
I just can't control myself.
I'm acting like an animal.
Now here's my scandal:

I wanna get you home
And uh, double uh, uh
I ain't talkin' 'bout Playboy
'Cuz silicone parts were made for toys
I want 'em real thick and juicy
So find that juicy double
Mix-A-Lot's in trouble
Beggin' for a piece of that bubble
So I'm lookin' at rock videos
Knock kneed bimbos walkin' like hoes
You can have them bimbos
I'll keep my women like Flo Jo
A word to the thick soul sistas
I wanna get with ya
I won't cuss or hit ya
But I gotta be straight when I say I wanna fuck
Till the break of dawn
Baby, I got it goin' on
A lot of simps won't like this song
'Cuz them punks like to hit it and quit it
But I'd rather stay and play
'Cuz I'm long and I'm strong
And I'm down to get the friction on

 

I want to get you home
And have sex with you.
I'm not talking about the kind of women with silicone breast implants who appear nude in the men's magazine Playboy
because silicone parts were made for toys*.
I want butts that are large and attractive,
So find those well-shaped buttocks.
I'm in trouble.
I'm begging for a piece of that round butt.
So I'm looking at rock videos
in which promiscuous women with knees that bend toward one another are walking like whores**
You can have those promiscuous women
I will continue to date women like Florence Griffith-Joyner***.
Let me tell you attractively-shaped black women,
I want to be intimate with you.
I won't use profanity or hit you,
But I have to be honest when I say I want to have sex
Till the morning.
Baby, I am great.
A lot of stupid men won't like this song
Because those weak losers like to have sex and quickly leave,
But I'd rather stay and play
Because I have a long penis and I'm strong,
And I'm eager to have sex with you.

*The video makes a specific reference to Barbie dolls, which have unnaturally jutting plastic breasts.

**Though the song is not specific, the video image for "knock-kneed bimbos walkin' like hoes" is an insult to pop singer Madonna. The torso of a model in a copy of the famous Jean-Paul Gaultier bullet bra she wore on her 1990 "Blonde Ambition" tour is pictured.

***Flo Jo was the nickame of Florence Griffith-Joyner, an Olympic athlete who died in 1998. She was as famous for her looks and style as for her performance and is often referenced in popular culture. Though slim, she had large, muscular buttocks and thighs.

So ladies (yeah), ladies (yeah)
If you wanna roll in my Mercedes (yeah)
Then turn around
Stick it out
Even white boys got to shout
Baby got back

Baby got back

So ladies (yes), ladies (yes),
If you want to be a passenger in my Mercedes (yes)
Then turn around,
And stick out your butt.
Even white boys have got to shout,
"Baby got back."*
Baby got back

*Reference to the stereotype that black men prefer women with large buttocks, as described in this song, but white men prefer thin women.

Yeah, baby
When it comes to females
Cosmo ain't got nothin' to do with my selection
36-24-36?
Only if she's 5'3"

  Yes, baby.
When it comes to females,
Cosmopolitan magazine does not influence my selection.
A 36 inch (91 cm) bust, 24 inch (61 cm) waist and 36 inch (91 cm) hips?
Those small measurements are only appropriate if a woman is short. (5 feet 3 inches is equal to 160 cm)

So your girlfriend rolls a Honda
Playin' workout tapes by Fonda
But Fonda ain't got a motor in the back of her Honda
My anaconda don't want none unless you've got buns hon
You can do side bends or sit-ups, but please don't lose that butt
Some brothers wanna play that hard role
and tell you that the butt ain't gold
So they toss it and leave it
And I pull up quick to retrieve it
So Cosmo says you're fat
Well, I ain't down with that
'Cuz your waist is small and your curves are kickin'
And I'm thinkin' 'bout stickin'
To the beanpole dames in the magazines
You ain't it Miss Thang
Give me a sista I can't resist her
Red beans and rice didn't miss her
Some knucklehead tried to dis
'Cuz his girls were on my list
He had game but he chose to hit 'em
And I pulled up quick to get with 'em
So ladies if the butt is round
And you wanna triple X throw down
Dial 1-900-Mix-A-Lot and kick them nasty thoughts
Baby got back

Little in the middle, but she got much back
Little in the middle, but she got much back

 

So your girlfriend drives a Honda,
Playing aerobic exercise tapes by Jane Fonda*,
But Jane Fonda doesn't have a large butt.
My large penis** isn't interested in a woman without large buttocks.
You can do side bends or sit-ups for exercise, but please don't lose that butt.
Some men wanna play that hard role
and tell you that your butt is not wonderful,
So they throw it away and leave it,
And I stop quickly to retrieve it
So Cosmopolitan magazine says you're fat.
Well, I don't agree.
Because your waist is small and your curves are beautiful,
And I'm thinking about having sex with you.
To the tall, very thin women in the magazines:
You may think you are very attractive, but you're not.
Give me an irresistable woman
who looks as if she has eaten well.
Some stupid person tried to disrespect me
because his girls were on my list.
He was skilled with women, but he chose to hit them,
And I came quickly to become intimate with them.
So ladies, if your butt is round,
And you want to have a wild sexual experience**.
Dial my phone number**** and tell me your sexy thoughts.
The woman has a large butt.

She has a small waist but a large butt.
She has a small waist but a large butt.

*Jane Fonda is an American actress. In the 1980s and 90s, she released over 20 very popular exercise videos for women.

**Anaconda: literally, a very large South American snake which can grow to 7.5 meters or more.

***XXX is a US rating used for pornographic films with explicit sexual content.

****1-900-Mix-A-Lot. In the US, phone numbers that begin with 1-900 require additional payment above the cost of the connection. In the early 1990s, they were strongly associated with sex talk ("phone sex") that could be purchased by the minute.

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