The song samples the Detroit techno single "Technicolor" by Channel One. At the time of its original release, the song caused controversy with its outspoken and blatantly sexual lyrics about back, as well as specific references to the female buttocks which some people found objectionable.
The song's music video was briefly banned by MTV.
The song debuted at number 75 on the Billboard Hot chart dated April 11, and hit number one twelve weeks later. The single spent five weeks at the top of the chart.
The first verse begins with "I like big butts and Baby cannot lie" and most of the song is about the rapper's attraction to women with large behinds. The second and third verse challenge mainstream norms of beauty: The song came from a meeting between Sir Mix-A-Lot and Amylia Dorsey who saw little representation of full figured women in media.
The idea came from the s Budweiser commercial  featuring miko dai thin, valley girl -esque models. They decided to dedicate a song to the very opposite, featuring curvy women of color.
Mix and Dorsey sought to, "broaden Sir Mix-a-Lot commented in a interview: The song is talking about women who damn near kill themselves to try to look like these beanpole models that you see in Vogue magazine.
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