When Seattle law student Jonathan Nichols got a new cell phone in 2012, he wasn't surprised to get a wrong number text. But the texts kept coming, along with calls, and the content of all of them followed a few themes: hip-hop, luxury cars, and women with big butts. If these sound familiar, you might be a 90s baby. They're the three primary interests of Sir Mix-a-Lot.
It turns out that Nichols's new number had previously belonged to the Seattle hip-hop legend, and a lot of people didn't know it had changed hands. Now, Nichols has told his story to The Seattle Times, and it's blowing up. As it turns out, people on the Internet still feel nostalgic about "Baby Got Back." Who knew?
Nichols didn't understand why he was getting calls for someone named Anthony Ray, or why he was getting texts of women popping their booties, until August 12th came around. All of a sudden, his phone exploded with happy birthday wishes. He finally did some investigative Googling, and found out that Sir Mix-a-Lot was originally known as Anthony Ray (before his knighthood), and his birthday is August 12th. Mix-stery solved.
Of course, Nichols's problems had only just begun. His anaconda didn't want none of this correspondence, and he couldn't lie. Head on over to The Times to read the full saga, including Mix's full reaction. Other than the interview, he's only had this to say on the matter:
He's always been a man of few words. Except where butts are concerned.