Sir Mix-a-Lot throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a Seattle Mariners game.
Sir Mix-a-Lot throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a Seattle Mariners game. (Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images)

The biggest Seattle Seahawks fan is also the biggest fan of big butts (and he cannot lie).

In 1992, rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot released the song "Baby Got Back," in which he proclaimed: "I like big butts, and I cannot lie!" The creative, catchy and controversial song was an instant hit — it reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, won a Grammy and remains a wedding-DJ staple to this day. Well, the knighted lyricist, whose real name is Anthony Ray, is Seattle born and bred and brimming with Super Bowl excitement.

"I came up during the era in which you'd root for the Seahawks to get home safe on the plane, they were that bad," said Sir Mix-A-Lot, 50. "The Kingdome days were horrible. But I'm still a big Seattle fan."

"Baby Got Back" was released May 7, 1992. On May 7, 1993 — the weekend of my Bar Mitzvah — another time-honored one-hit wonder was released by two Denver-bred Broncos fans. "Whoomp! (There It Is)" by Tag Team finished No. 2 on 1993's end-of-year Billboard charts, and it remains a stadium staple, the "other" anthem at sporting events.

The majority of rap music comes from Los Angeles, New York or Atlanta, but sure enough, in the battle for greatest one-hit rap wonder, it's Seattle vs. Denver, just like the Super Bowl.

"I've enjoyed the Denver Broncos all my life — we're about to be 48, so we'll be the same age as the Super Bowl," said Cecil Glenn, the Tag Team member known as DC The Brain Supreme (DC stands for Denver Colorado). "I remember the first Broncos Super Bowl in 1977 — I cried. I remember every Super Bowl vividly. We even sang a song about it."

This was a no-hit wonder. But in 1987, DC The Brain Supreme and Tag Team partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote "Super Bowl Time."

"It's Super Bowl time in the Mile High City," Glenn rapped on the phone, whetting my appetite. Then he stopped.

"Wait, what's the next line?" I asked.

"That's all I remember," he said with a chuckle. "But we had it played on the radio. We came in second place in a contest; we were Tag Team even back then. A guy named Rappin' Reg came in first — he was a really pretty boy, so all the girls like him a lot, and he could dance."

Both Tag Team members used to work at Mile High Stadium, selling sodas in the South Stands. Steve is from the East side near City Park, and D.C. is from Park Hill. They attended Manual High — "Class of 84. I raised Michael Hancock," DC The Brain Supreme said, in reference to Mr. Mayor, with a great guffaw.

Meanwhile, Sir Mix-A-Lot was a "12th man" in Seattle since before he was 12. The Seattle lifer made a point to bring up the old rivalries with the Broncos and the then-AFC West Seahawks. So just how much does he care about the team?

"Well, this is going to crack you up, man, but I'm pretty superstitious when it comes to the Seahawks," he explained by phone. "I realized recently that watching the game brought them bad luck from me. The playoff game against Atlanta, the loss against Indianapolis. I know it sounds goofy, but even at halftime of the Tampa Bay game, they were down 21-7. My brother said: 'Let's see if your superstition stays true. Why don't you leave?' I left the house, went shopping for furniture — and they won the game in overtime.

"So now I record the game, but I'll watch another game intentionally and then I'll watch the recorded version. When I do that, they win."

Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril celebrates in the fourth quarter of Seattle’s 23-17 win over the 49ers on Sunday in the NFC championship game.
Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril celebrates in the fourth quarter of Seattle's 23-17 win over the 49ers on Sunday in the NFC championship game. (Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images)

Last Sunday, after the Broncos won the AFC championship game, Sir Mix-A-Lot was in a bind. There weren't any other games on during the NFC championship game. "So I watched the NFL Network and went outside to do some work. When I came in, I was getting texts from people who were there saying, 'Man, you should be here! This is insane!' I could've been at the game, I was invited to a luxury suite but I didn't go, because I knew if I'd go, they'd lose."

I had to ask about the song. Was there any wayhe knew "Baby Got Back" would be such a smash?

"Honestly, I had no idea," he said. "When I did the song, I really did it to just (tick) off the establishment. But from Day One, (producer) Rick Rubin knew that song would be a hit.

"Many times what kills songs for artists is when they come out and say something like, 'I'm bigger than just "Baby Got Back." I have other songs, too.' When you do that, you basically just pull credibility right up from under your own feet, because you're telling them that hit isn't what you should be listening to. I don't do that. When I show up, I don't do a two-minute version of 'Baby Got Back.' I do a 10-minute version of 'Baby Got Back' — I make sure people get what they paid for."

Tag Team gets it.

"We've done other songs, but nobody wants to hear that stuff. They just want to hear 'Whoomp! (There It Is)," said DC The Brain Supreme, who occasionally performs the song at halftime of NBA games. "It makes them happy and have fun. I've heard it so much at sport events, it doesn't faze me anymore, but that one point in the game when something just explodes — a touchdown or interception — and you hear it? There's such pride that it's overwhelming. It'll always be around."

And, on Super Bowl Sunday, Tag Team will be watching its hometown team. Sir Mix-A-Lot won't be.

Benjamin Hochman: bhochman@denverpost.com or twitter.com/hochman