The 1992 Hip-Hop Song That Sounded Like a Revolution to Black Women

Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Mega Hit 'Baby Got Back' Featured Powerful Women Dancers Who Changed America’s Beauty Norms

Throughout 400 years of the nation’s history, street dance has always been a tool for Americans who lack the social power to resist and seize control of public spaces. In more recent times, the subversive power of dance can be understood through the story of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s breakout 1992 hit, “Baby Got Back.”

Like many hip-hop artists in the ’80s and ’90s, Sir Mix-a-Lot, a Seattle-based rapper born Anthony Ray in 1963, developed a diversified career out of early success in the niche market of a regional rap scene. With “Baby …