Sir Mix-a-Lot Net Worth

Sir Mix-a-Lot Net Worth:

Sir Mix-a-Lot Net Worth

$30 Million

Net worth:

$30 Million

Date of birth:

Aug 12, 1963 (59 Years Old)




5 ft 10in (1.8 m).


Record producer, Songwriter Rapper, Actor Musician Master of Ceremonies


United States of America

What’s Sir Mix-a Lot’s Net Worth?

Sir Mix-a-Lot is an American MC/producer with a net worth exceeding $30 million. Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 hit “Baby Got Back”, which reached number one on Billboard Hot 100 charts, is his most famous. Although he was not internationally famous until the 1990s, Sir Mix had gone platinum with his 1988 debut album, “Swiss,” through Mix’s label Nastymix. The album featured a hit single, “Posse On Broadway”, which was named after a street in Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

His 1989 album, “Seminar”, was certified Gold. His 1992 album, “Mack Daddy”, was his biggest hit. It featured the chart-topping single “Baby Got back”. Baby Got Back reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in five weeks. It sold 2.4M singles and was the second most popular single of 1992, behind Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”. Sir Mix won the Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance.

Sir Mix’s popularity plummeted over the next years. His next two albums received very little promotion from labels and were not even Gold certified. After a three-year hiatus, he formed a supergroup called “Subset” with The Presidents of America after a three-year break. They didn’t release anything official, however. Sir Mix-a-Lot signed in 2003 with Artist Direct for his 2003 album Daddy’s Home.

(Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)

Did Sir Mix a-Lot Get $100 Million off “Baby Got Back?”?

Sir Mix was asked in a 2014 interview how much “Baby Got Back” has earned over the years. Mix’s exact answer is here:

“Baby Got Back,” has made a lot of cash, bro. Because I believe that publishing is a valuable asset. You own publishing because you can still monetize your tracks as you progress in your career. #2, you can record music with integrity. In other words, I can go into the studio and start a new record, and I don’t care who buys it. Because I make money from my publishing… That’s the luxury that comes with owning your publishing and using it properly. Baby Got Back is a book that has made more than $100 million.

Does that mean Sir Mix a-lot earned $100 million from his most well-known single? No. Could it be that Mix’s record company and other royalty holders made more than $100 million from the song? Yes. However, royalties can flow through multiple owners and rights holders. The mix would receive $23 million BEST regardless of whether Mix owned the master and the song had $100 million gross revenue. This is how royalties work. It would cost around $8 million at worst. And both those numbers are before fees are paid to agents, managers, lawyers, and production/marketing. It should be noted, however, that Baby Got Back was built from a sample of the song “Technicolor”, by the band “Channel One”, so they will be receiving a generous share of all royalties.

A contact in the music publishing industry confirmed that the numbers I posted in the preceding paragraph were within the range of the most probable scenario. My contact informed me that Mix’s label, Universal Music Group(UMG), likely owns the master. This would allow them to receive the majority of the record’s revenues. Sir Mix-a-Lot would need to have the master and publishing rights. He would also have to pay Channel One a flat fee for the license of their sample. None of these options is possible. It is possible, but not impossible. Mix suggested in the interview that he splits 50/50 with UMG to handle publishing administration. If the $100 million figure is accurate, he may have made at most $40 million from this one song.

We can see the Police song “Every Breath You Give” to get an idea of the potential impact Sir Mix would have on “Baby Got Back”. Sting, along with his bandmates, wrote the original song and still owns it. Puff Daddy sampled Every Breath in 1997 for his Notorious BIG tribute song “I’ll Be Missing You”. Bad Boy Records didn’t grant permission for Diddy to use the 1983 pop song as a remix for the 1997 version. If Diddy had asked permission before, he would likely have to pay 25% of I’ll Be Missing You’s royalties to Sting. Sting was able to demand and receive 100% publishing royalties for the remix because he didn’t ask permission before the song was released. According to his business manager, Sting still made approximately $20-40 million from the remix. “I’ll be Missing You” became the #1 selling song of all time. He still receives $2000 per day in royalties for the song. This amounts to $730,000 per year.

Early Life

Sir Mix-a-Lot Net Worth

Sir Mix-a lot was born Anthony Ray, on August 12, 1963. He was raised in Seattle, Washington. His mother was a local jail nurse. When he was in high school, school districts started to integrate the school system with black and white students. Since then, he has spoken out about his experience with being bussed to other schools. He believes that it was beneficial for him in the long-term because he was able to access to music programs at schools with better funding. Ray loved hip-hop and rap from an early age. He began rhyming in the 1980s. Ray was a keyboard repairman and he also worked on other musical instruments.

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Ray started DJing while still in high school. He went by the name Sir Mix-a-Lot. In 1983, Ray began playing weekends at the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club in South Seattle. He started throwing his parties at the Rotary Boys & Girls Clubs in central Seattle shortly afterward. He met ‘Nasty’ Nes Rodriguez while doing this. This was a local radio DJ who hosts the “Fresh Tracks” show, which is the first rap radio show on the West Coast on the Seattle station KKFX.

The meeting resulted in a partnership between Nasty Nes, Ed Locke, and a local businessman to create the Nastymix record company in 1983. The label’s first song to receive significant airplay beyond Seattle was “Square Dance Rap”, which Sir Mix-a-Lot featured on. He went on a tour of Florida, New York, and other states to play the track. He was at an Arizona show when a street sign inspired him and inspired him to create “Posse on Broadway”. It was released in 1987. Although it reached the Top 100 at first, it quickly disappeared from the charts. The song was popular in Seattle’s music scene.

Sir Mix-a-Lot’s debut album, “Swiss,” was released in 1988. The album included all his previous singles, as well as two brand new tracks: “Square Dance Rap”, and “Iron Man”. The latter was a rap-metal track that sampled a Black Sabbath song. The record was a huge success and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1990. Sir Mix-a-Lot released “Seminar”, his second album, in the interim.

Sir Mix-a-Lot signed with Def American in 1991 and released “Mack Daddy” in 1992. The album’s number-one hit, “Baby Got Back”, was soon certified double platinum. The 1993 Grammy Award was also given to the song for Best Rap Solo Performance. MTV also aired the music video to accompany the song, but it was so popular that they had to air it only after 9 p.m.

Sir Mix-a-Lot collaborated with Mudhoney in 1993 on “Freak Momma,” a song that was featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Judgment Night.” His fourth album, “Chief boot Knocka,” was released the following year. The album reached 69 spots on the Billboard 200, and 28 spots on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. “Just Da Pimpin’ in Me,” one of the album’s singles, was nominated but lost to Dr. Dre.

His next album, “Return of the Bumpasaurus”, was released in 1996. Sir Mix-a-Lot decided to quit the label after the record received very little promotion and had poor sales. He signed with Artist Direct for his 2003 “Daddy’s Home” album a few years later. In 2004, he also released “Shhhh…Don’t Tell ’em That” a DVD that gave a glimpse at his life and musical return with the 2003 release of his album.

Sir Mix-a-Lot has also worked on other projects besides music. In 2006, he appeared on Adult Swim’s Tom Goes to the Mayor. In 2008, he was on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken singing a parody of “Baby Got Back”, “Table Be Round,” which refers to King Arthur.

Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 2010 single, “Carz,” was released. He was also featured on a track from Puscifer’s remix album, All Re-Mixed Up. He produced “Dream” in 2013 for Ayron Jones’ band The Way. In 2014, he collaborated with the Seattle Symphony on a new composition by Gabriel Prokofiev. His success with “Baby Got Back,” was resurrected in 2014 when Nicki Minaj’s single “Anaconda,” which was heavily influenced by “Baby Got Back,” hit the charts.

Sir Mix-a-Lot performs at many festivals across the country.

Personal life

Ray has never been married and has not had children. His private life is kept secret and his romantic relationships are rarely made public. He lives in Washington where he owns a variety of homes, including one in Seattle. He is an avid car collector with an impressive collection of luxury and muscular cars.

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