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SEATTLE, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A Seattle man flooded with flirtatious texts, luxury car inquires and offers of free concert tickets said he discovered that his number used to belong to rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Jonathan Nichols, 33, said he was initially perplexed when he got his new phone number in 2012 and started receiving text messages from scantily-clad women and calls from luxury car dealerships about test-driving Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Jaguars.
"I'd love to," Nichols told the dealerships. "But I think you have the wrong guy. I'm a broke law student."
Nichols told the Seattle Times he also started receiving texts and calls from musicians offering him tickets and backstage passes to their shows. He said some of the texts were addressed to someone named "Mix" or "Anthony."
He said the mystery of his phone number persisted until Aug. 12, eight months after he received the phone number, when he started getting birthday greetings.
"And then someone says 'Happy Birthday Sir Mix A Lot,'" Nichols told the New York Daily News.
Nichols said he and his friends then researched the rapper, real name Anthony Ray, and discovered he must have been the number's previous owner.
"That's when it all made sense," Nichols said.
Sir Mix-A-Lot said he was amused by Nichols' plight.
"Are you serious?" he told the Seattle Times. "That is hilarious. Poor fella."
He offered some advice for Nichols.
"Don't check any text messages in front of your wife," Mix said. "That would be the first thing. And don't answer any texts by saying 'Yes,' because people take 'Yes' differently with me. And usually you end up opening your wallet."
Nichols, now a lawyer with Seattle law firm Moriarty and Associates, said he knows better than to accept any of the offers he receives.
"My boyfriend tells me, 'Yeah! Get tickets! Get backstage passes!' But 'no false representations' is one of the rules of the bar," Nichols said.
He said the number has brought him one large benefit: bragging rights.
"When interviewers have asked me, 'What's something interesting that no one else knows?' or when people I meet working political campaigns tell me about meeting Bill Clinton, I always say, 'I have Sir Mix-A-Lot's old phone number,'" he said. "It's a total mic drop."
"The "Baby Got Back" singer also had a request for the new owner of his old number.
"Tell him any really sexy pictures -- little in the middle, and if she's got much back -- give them the new number," Sir Mix-A-Lot said. "But not the car dealerships."