Diggin’ In The Crates: The Sample In Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’


Adelle Platon | August 8, 2014 - 6:20 pm

A super brief history on the samples used in that song you can’t get out of your head

When it comes to shocking the system, Nicki Minaj is doing it and doing it well. The Young Money rapstress drops eye-popping cover art for her single “Anaconda” and the memes explode within minutes. She hops on a remix to Beyoncé’s “Flawless” in the dead of Friday night and the Internet wakes from its slumber. Most importantly, she samples a Sir Mix-A-Lot classic for an explicit ode to the bum and women’s bragging rights about their nether region becomes unwritten law. For her snake-y single, Onika converts her greatest thirst traps into bars (sample line: “Pussy put his ass to sleep, now he calling me NyQuil”) with the help of the rapper who made “Oh my god, Becky, look at her butt!” a pop culture quotable for decades. Here, VIBE traces the origins of that sticky dum-da-dum-dum beat and how “Baby” got back.

Sample Identified: Nicki MInaj’s “Anaconda” As First Heard On: Sir Mix-A-Lot “Baby Got Back” – Nicki Minaj jacks the beat from Mack Daddy’s booty-ful anthem. The sounds of 1992 hip-pop percolate throughout Minaj’s current single as Mr. Mix-A-Lot also voices the phrase “My anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns, hun.” Hence, the cover art that all the brothers, even Mix-A-Lot, couldn’t deny.
Spin-off Sample: “Baby Got Back”‘s drum hits and bassline is largely due to the electro pop single from Channel One called “Technicolor”, which dropped in 1986, when Onika was only 4 years old.
Special Shoutout: Nicki’s boss/ mentor Lil Wayne and Young Money mate Drake also took a line from Mix-A-Lot on their 2011 hit “The Motto.” See most popular phrase from song above, which appears at the 2:26 mark below.

Cop Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” on iTunes here.