Sir Mix-a-Lot and his partner, Nasty Nes, founded the Nastymix record label in 1983. Mix-a-Lot’s first hit, released in 1987, was the single “Posse on Broadway,” whose title referred to Broadway in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district near where he had grown up. The “Godzilla” remix of “Posse on Broadway” contained a sample from David Bowie’s 1975 hit “Fame,” but neither the album version nor the original seven-inch edit, which was used for the video, used the Bowie sample. The song made the Top 100 but quickly disappeared, although it remains popular in the Seattle area for its references to many local landmarks.
Swass, Sir Mix-a-Lot’s debut album, was released in 1988 with two other singles: “Square-Dance Rap” and a hip hop cover of the Black Sabbathsong “Iron Man” backed by the band Metal Church. In 1990, the Recording Industry Association of America certified Swass platinum.