Sir Mix-A-Lot

He created his own brand of hip hop - influenced by Electro, Kraftwerk and Gary Numan, and funk - but was mostly known for his West Coast take on Miami bass. His raps often deal with sex, yet politics are also important to Mix-a-Lot. He worked together with Miami bass icon DJ Magic Mike, Mudhoney, Metal Church (on a cover of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man") and discovered Kid Sensation. He first was signed by Nastymix Records, then left, established Rhyme Cartel Records and was signed by American Recordings. A big fall-out with American Recordings in the run-up to the release of "Return of the Bumpasauras" and general disillusionment with the direction rap music was taking led to a 3 year break before a return with a new record label for the release of "Daddys Home". During the three year break, Sir Mix-a-Lot worked closely with another group, The Presidents of the United States of America under the group name "Subset" with a combination of rock and rap music, however nothing was ever officially released. [+]