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Where the heck is...Sir Mix-A-Lot?

Where the heck is...Sir Mix-A-Lot? He came from nowhere. And then went back

Sir Mix-A-Lot | BABY GOT HIS OWN BUSINESS Mix-A-Lot is chillin' in Seattle
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BABY GOT HIS OWN BUSINESS Mix-A-Lot is chillin' in Seattle

No need to weep at the strains of ''Baby Got Back'': Despite reports to the contrary, its author isn't toiling as a repairman. Actually, the 38-year-old MC employs five workers at RC Electronics, a Seattle area ham-radio-parts manufacturing biz he launched in 1994. ''It's not gonna make anywhere near the money music is making me, but it's something to fall back on,'' says Mix-A-Lot (né Anthony Ray).

Though he hasn't released an album since the '96 flop ''Return of the Bumpasaurus,'' Mix isn't exactly a hip-hop charity case. He turned down a Fox TV offer to mix it up with Vanilla Ice on ''Celebrity Boxing.'' And while back-end money still pours in from his big-bottomed hit (which got a nice bump in ''Charlie's Angels''), he's making change by performing live and producing new acts like rapper Outtasite.

The pre-J. Lo booty advocate also has a still-untitled new album in the can (heh-heh) and remains a connoisseur. ''You know who has real back?'' he says. ''Shakira. That girl got an ass like a painting.''

Originally posted May 21, 2002 Published in issue #654 May 17, 2002 Order article reprints