Mack Daddy (1992) Sir Mix-A-Lot is not a cartoon, even though with his punchy, twangy raps he sometimes sounds like a more worldly (and brawnier) Elmer Fudd shouting… Sir Mix-A-Lot Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Mack Daddy (1992)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Sir Mix-A-Lot; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Sir Mix-A-Lot is not a cartoon, even though with his punchy, twangy raps he sometimes sounds like a more worldly (and brawnier) Elmer Fudd shouting dance cues at a hip-hop hoedown. Yes, he made his name — and earned two gold albums — on the strength of comical tunes like his 1987 hit ''Posse on Broadway,'' but he has a more serious side, evident on Mack Daddy's lead single, ''One Time's Got No Case.'' Here, backed by a catchy guitar line (courtesy of Stevie Wonder's ''You Haven't Done Nothin'''), the Seattle-based rapper spins sarcastic tales of being harassed by police officers suspicious of a young black male in an expensive car. But more typical of the album (which exploded onto Billboard's pop album chart at No. 38 the week it was released) is ''Baby Got Back,'' which alternates deftly between a critique of the Cosmo/Playboy narrow-minded — and narrow-hipped — standard of female beauty and a bawdy appreciation of, er, generous rear ends. Musically, the album thunders. With the virtual absence of any treble, the bass works overtime, forced to provide both beat and melody; for the most part it delivers, though without many shifts in Mix-A-Lot's vocal style, the album can't hold your attention for its full 60 minutes. But who says you have to listen to the whole thing all at once? B

Originally posted Mar 13, 1992 Published in issue #109 Mar 13, 1992 Order article reprints