Then: Do we even need to write anything down here? Is there one person on the planet that doesn't know Sir Mix-A-Lot is the genius behind "Baby Got Back?" And we don't use the term "genius" lightly. Every second of his tribute to big asses is perfect. It's been 21 years, and it's still impossible not to sing along to every word whenever the song comes on. The video is equally amazing. He somehow talked his label into funding a video where he stands in the middle of a giant ass. MTV was only allowed to show it at night, but it didn't matter. Even six-year-olds soon knew the line, "My anaconda don't want none. Unless you've got buns, hun."
Now: Following up a song like "Baby Got Back" is impossible, but Mr. A-Lot gave it his best. Albums like Chief Boot Knocka and Return of the Bumpasaurus didn't really go anywhere, and he hasn't even tried in the past decade. He hasn't vanished, though. He's one of the best talking heads in the history of VH1, cracking hysterical jokes about everything from The White Shadow to Care Bears. He also makes very good money from the endless afterlife of "Baby Got Back," and overall he seems like a very happy person. God bless the man. He created something that will live for centuries.