Seattle-based rapper Anthony Ray, aka Sir Mix-A-Lot, whose 1990s ode to zaftig women, “Baby Got Back,” turned mainstream standards of beauty on their ear while simultaneously ruffling not a few conservative feathers, made an appearance Saturday at The Herbery, a new recreational marijuana retail outlet in Vancouver, Washington. Washington became the second state in the country, behind Colorado, to legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use.
Ray visited the retail outlet for about an hour, signing autographs and chatting with dozens of fans and employees of the store.
“It’s funny, I don’t smoke at all,” said Ray, who came to the store with a small cadre of friends. “Most of the guys in my group smoke it. I’ve always pushed for it to be legal.
“It’s not that I don’t believe in it, because I do,” he said. “It’s kind of hypocritical to make pot illegal and alcohol legal,” he said.
“I’m here to celebrate freedom.”
Ray has friends in Portland and visits often. “I come down here all the time,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Ray visited Voodoo Donuts, where he sampled the Maple Bacon Bar. “It’s like breakfast and diabetes all at the same time,” he said.
He also confessed a weakness for Pine State Biscuits. “Pine State Biscuits should be illegal,” he said, highlighting the biscuits and sausage gravy. “That’s like crack. I couldn’t stop eating it.
“That’s why I don’t smoke weed. Because I’m already fat. If I smoked weed I’d be, like, seven hundred pounds,” he said.
Fans of the rapper can see him tonight at Dante’s in downtown Portland, where he’s scheduled to perform along with Smoochknob and LoveBomb Go-Go.