Mixing It Up With Sir Mix-A-Lot

Michaelangelo Matos of Seattle Weekly caught up with hometown veteran rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot and asked if he felt the need to compete with the way other rappers rhyme now. “Not necessarily increasing my tempo, but I feel it’s important, especially for old-school cats, to upgrade their skills,” he responded. “Guys that are still like, [one syllable at a time] ‘I-like-big-butts-and-I-cannot-lie,’ it’s like, goddamn, there are some guys still doing that. When I did it in ’92, it was sarcastic—it sounded old then.” Mix also weighed in on the current state of the industry. “If you watch it, the music business as we know it is over,” he said. “I think it’s good—$20 for a CD is ignorant; guys paying $50 to watch a rapper play for 15 minutes at the Paramount is stupid. That sh** has to stop. What you’re gonna have is guys like Tek 9, who’s totally independent, sold 350,000 records out of Kansas City, and he’s a millionaire. That’s where I’m at mentally.” Read more.

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