Vocalist Adra Boo and DJ/Producer/MC Action J, who go by the name Fly Moon Royalty as a recording duo, have taken up a reasonably lofty task as far as cover versions go: Sir Mix-a-Lot’s ubiquitous “Baby Got Back.” While Meghan Trainor caused a minor frenzy this summer with her take on the derriere-centric dance number, Fly Moon Royalty has offered up something quite interesting. The duo’s version of “Baby Got Back” takes a different turn than Mix-a-Lot’s vivacious original; with its minimalist arrangements (a beat and some non-intrusive electronics) and Adra Boo’s fierce vocals, the song takes on a slightly dark edge, but one that still highlights the comedic aspects of the lyrics.
Adra Boo explains to PopMatters the reasons why she and Action J chose this song to cover: “‘Baby Got Back’ was covered for a local celebration of 50 years of Seattle Center/The Space Needle. The dope part is that Mama’Boo (my mom), memorized it back when it first came out!! That’s why I know it and why we chose it; that cover is so much fun to do, and has become a part of our live set. One time, I gotta have her perform it with us!”
Fly Moon Royalty also filmed a video for the cover, which you can view below:
Fly Moon Royalty’s latest release is Unfinished Business EP, which can be streamed and purchased via Bandcamp.