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It's difficult, but not impossible, to think of Sir Mix-A-Lot as a feminist disguised in wolf's clothing.

Yes, the video for his Grammy-winning "Baby Got Back" overtly objectified the female anatomy to the point where MTV once banned it. (Not that there was any shortage of '90s rock and rap videos that were at least as offensive.)

And yes, he's currently headlining the "Booty Tour," which will roll into CSU-Pueblo's Massari Arena this Friday, on a bill that includes Bubba Sparxxx, the creative force behind "Ms. New Booty," which reached the Top 10 back in 2006.

And yes, Miley Cyrus did grab a mic last month in a New Orleans karaoke bar for a twerked-out version of Mix-A-Lot's signature song.

All that said, "Baby Got Back" can also be seen as an explicit critique of prevailing cultural norms that privilege Barbie-body images over those of more full-figured black women.

Stay with me here.

First of all, there's the opening skit, complete with valley girl accent:

• "Oh my God, Becky, look at her butt! I can't believe it's just so round, it's like, OUT there, I mean — gross. Look! She's just so ... black!"

After that, it's on to the rap itself, which includes lines that are almost always overlooked:

• "So Cosmo says you're fat / Well I ain't down with that"

• "A word to the thick soul sisters / I wanna get with ya"

• "I ain't talkin' 'bout Playboy / 'Cause silicone parts are made for toys"

I think you get the idea.

Truth to tell, "Baby Got Back" will be the most socially conscious song — possibly the only socially conscious song — the arena audience will hear Friday night. So it's no surprise that the university's student activity board has taken some heat for devoting this year's spring concert to Mix-A-Lot and company.

A recent CSU-Pueblo Today editorial argued that "The theme of the concert, not to mention the lyrics of the featured songs, is outdated and sexist. If CSU-Pueblo wants to present itself as in line with these outdated and sexist ideas, then this concert is a great idea."

Meanwhile, for Colorado Springs hip-hop fans who'd prefer their questionable rhymes closer to home on Friday, Tuki Carter of Atlantafornication fame will be performing at Rawkus. The following evening, Rawkus will continue this week's trip down rap memory lane with platinum hip-hop emcee Paul Wall, who'll be flashing his grill and serving up tracks from his 2005 No. 1 debut album, The Peoples Champ.

For those who are less inclined toward old-school hip-hop, the Pikes Peak Center has some old-school rock and blues coming your way. Over the course of three hours, promoters sent out four press releases announcing shows by acts whose combined careers add up to a couple centuries.

August will be an especially busy month for venerable entertainers: B.B. King, widely regarded as the last of the blues legends, will return to the venue Aug. 14. Then Pat Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo will play their 35th anniversary tour of chart-topping '80s hits Aug. 19. Huey Lewis & the News will offer up even more '80s pop hits on Aug. 22.

Then, on Oct. 3, George Thorogood & the Destroyers will perform their blue-eyed, blues-rock favorites.

It's a pretty safe bet that not one of the above artists will be issuing exclusive vinyl Record Store Day releases this year, but who really cares when you've got hundreds of limited editions hitting the bins on Saturday, including:

• a 7-inch David Bowie picture disc of "1984" which features a cool image of Bowie and William Burroughs imprinted on the vinyl;

• a first-time-on-vinyl release on Man Man's first album;

Blasters founders Dave and Phil Alvin covering songs by blues legend Big Bill Broonzy on two 10-inch singles bound into an old-school 78-style book;

• plus, a variety of picture-discs from Death Cab for Cutie, Devo/Flaming Lips, Katy Perry, Sky Ferreira, Korn and more.

You can visit recordstoreday.com for more details, and contact local shops for information on live in-store performances.

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