If you know anything about ’90s hip-hop, with one listen to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” you immediately recognized the repeated “my anaconda don’t” line as being borrowed from Sir Mix-a-Lot’s monster 1992 hit, “Baby Got Back.”
In a recent interview with MTV News, Mix-a-Lot reveals that Minaj consulted him heavily while recording the track for her upcoming album The Pink Print.
“Nicki called while she was in the studio,” Mix-a-Lot recalls. “I don’t really know Nicki Minaj, but I can tell you this: Lazy, she is not. That girl works hard. I was blown away by her work ethic. She would hit us up, she’d be in the studio vibing, coming up with different ideas, making sure those ideas were cool. She’d call you back after a couple more hours.”
Mix-a-Lot went on to say that while she did check with him heavily about the recording of the song, he found out about the controversial artwork for the single the way the rest of the word did.
“Wooooh! When I saw the cover, I almost forgot about the song,” he said. “I looked at that for about an hour.”