Unfortunately, many people have pigeon-holed Sir Mix-A-Lot as a "Weird Al" style rapper who busts rhymes about big butts and buttermilk biscuits. Sadly, this just isn't true. Swass is a pristine example of old-school rap that was just starting to become mainstream when this ablum was initally released. As well, Mix-A-Lot helped bring Seattle to the rap mainstream when most artists were based either in New York or L.A.
I must admit that Swass is one of my favorite rap albums ever. Each song has it's own individual flavor. And although the subject matter (i.e. Biscuits, etc.) may be stupid by today's standards, the rhymes still flow nicely and are well thought-out. However, this reissue has a serious flaw that simply cannot be overlooked. The version of "Rippin'" contained on this release has been remixed and it isn't good. Although the primary beat is the same, it seems that Mix-A-Lot completely re-rapped the song to try and update it with "hipper" language. It doesn't flow well and pretty much ruins the song. This is huge because Rippin' was one of the great standout singles (along with Posse on Broadway and Buttermilk Biscuits) on Swass. What makes this even more perplexing is that none of the other songs on this reissue have been touched.
So in the end, it turns out that Swass is still a classic example of old school rap. However, if you are looking for the original version of the song Rippin', skip this reissue and go try and buy the original release in a used record store.