Hopefully everyone had a good weeekend, and since that Vh1 special on Sierra Leone aired again yesterday, I hope that some more of you had the chance to watch it. But as we always do, weâ€™re going to start the week off on a positive note with another West Coast Classic.
Now in hip hop when people mention the West Coast, 95% of the time, theyâ€™re talking about California. Itâ€™s not so much a generalization, as it is observation; most of the rap thatâ€™s come from this side of the map has come Cali, just as most of the hip hop albums to come from the East have been from the state of New York (and even more specifically, from New York City.)
But there was at least one rapper to make some big waves from a state other than California, and today weâ€™re gonna give him some shine. His name was Sir Mix-A-Lot, and he came out reppinâ€™ Seattle, Washington.
Although he became a household name when â€œBaby Got Backâ€ dropped in 1991 (and Iâ€™m sure heâ€™s still getting fat ass royalty checks from that song), Mix-A-Lot actually had quite a few decent songs before and after that, and a couple of those songs garnered some moderate success as singles. Just about anyone whoâ€™s ever been to a strip club has heard â€œPut â€˜Em On the Glass,â€ and pretty much everybody over the age of 21 has heard â€œMy Hooptieâ€ at some point or another- even â€œButtermilk Bisquitsâ€ blew up a little bit. But the runner-up to â€œBaby Got Backâ€ in terms of radio play and general success has got to be 1988â€™s â€œPosse On Broadway.â€
Unfortunately, Mix-A-Lot all but disappeared not long after he dropped , although it wasnâ€™t for lack of trying to stay in the game. When all was said and done, he dropped six full lengths (with the most recent being Daddyâ€™s Home in 2003), an EP and a best-of album. He also recently popped up on the awful West Coast remix of Nasâ€™ â€œWhere Are They Now.â€