Twenty-two years ago, Sir Mix A Lot officially called attention to big butts with his hit “Baby Got Back.” In the track, he says, most famously, “I like big butts and I cannot lie, you other brothers can’t deny.” And deny they could not. While we as human beings have always had a profound appreciation for the a well-formed rear end, Sir Mix A Lot’s hit shed a new light on the big butt phenomena. Thanks to these profound lyrics, the hit was the second best selling song of 1992, behind only Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” (We can presume that Sir Mix A Lot will always like and/or love big butts.)
Since then, larger behinds have continued to gain clout in popular culture. In 1999, Juvenile refreshed the musical trend when he released “Back That Azz Up.” The song brought back the same booty vibes as the original ode to butts.
Today, the idea of having a big butt has extended past rap music to the mainstream. Over the holiday break, my 12-year-old cousin told me that having a big butt now makes you hot in school. Last year, Major Lazer, a DJ/Producer group, released the song “Bubble Butt.” Writing songs dedicated to butts has had a bigger impact than these artists realize. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of buttock implant surgeries increased 25% from 2011 to 2012 alone. “Every year it’s been going up,” says New York City plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits. “Fourteen years ago nobody was doing it. Then, I started to slowly get requests for it. Now, it’s one of the main procedures that we do here. It’s actually the number one operation over breast augmentation.” The procedure costs around $7,800.
Since Sir Mix A Lot and Juvenile’s classics, posterior anthems have abounded. There’s Destiny Child’s “Bootylicious,” Mystikal’s “Shake Ya Ass,” The Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps,” Mos Def’s “Ms Fat Booty,” Bubba Sparxxx’s “Ms New Booty,” and how could we forget “Dance (A$$)” by Big Sean and Nicki Minaj, who has a famously fat and new booty herself.
Some people are only famous for their butt. Let’s take Instagram for example. Jen Selter is a girl from Long Island who happens to have been born with an extremely large rear end. She currently has 1.8 million followers simply for displaying her ass in her photos. However, we all know that no one’s rump is more famous though than Kim Kardashian’s. People pretend to hate her and her look, yet buttock implant surgery has seemingly paralleled her rise in popularity. But what happens if you’re not genetically blessed with as plump a rump as Ms. Kardashian-West and can’t afford a professional?
Last week Vice released a story about how women are going to extreme measure to increase the size of their behind; they’re resorting to surgery on the black market. “The crude inflation procedure consists of shooting a liquid substance such as silicone or mineral oil directly into a client’s butt cheeks and hips through a syringe,” wrote Wilbert Cooper. Damn, that doesn’t sound right. They even get some of their products are hardware stores. “After the injections, the exterior flesh wounds are sometimes closed with Super Glue to prevent the toxic slop from leaking out,” the piece explained.
What happened to the notion that our imperfections make us beautiful? People may be into the craze of having a big bubble butt, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still people out there who appreciate whatever else you’ve got. I’m sure that girls with naturally big butts have complaints, and girls with no butts wish they had big ones. Same goes with boobs. Why don’t we try to like ourselves a little bit more and understand that no matter what your body type, there’s a Sir Mix A Lot out there who will like you back. No lie.