From Filet-o-Fish to fried chicken
Rappers have successfully used food to simplify their complex stories, thoughts and emotions on everything from women to growing up in poverty. Here are the most buzz worthy food raps according to me.
Hope you’re hungry, bitch.
1. “A T-bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch’s grape/ Conversate for a few, ’cause in a few, we gon’ do what we came to do/ Ain’t that right, Boo? /(True.)” – Biggie Smalls in ‘Big Poppa’
This was a classic for many reasons. The song itself was a hit single and was nominated for “best rap solo performance” and “best rap song of the year” at the 1996 Grammy Awards. The meal itself sounds pretty heavy but I guess that’s why they call him “Big Poppa”…
2. “To make it up, I’ll do whatever it takes/I love you like a fat kid love cake” – 50 Cent in “21 Questions”
The song became 50 Cent’s second number one song in US after “In da club.” It may not seem like the smoothest of sentiments but it sure is the sweetest.
3. “That sh** cray/Aint it Jay? What she order? Fish filet?” – Kanye West in Ni**as in Paris
Along with a killer hip hop collaboration (Jay Z and Kanye) and a “Blades of Glory” sample, this lyric was one of the many unique aspects of the song that helped build its popularity.
4. “Slob on my knob like corn on the cob” – Juicy J in Three 6 Mafia’s ‘Slob on my Knob’
This is probably the only item on this list where food plays the role of a helpful guide to how to properly pleasure a man. The descriptive visual helped the song to be one of the most recognized of the group’s records.
5. “I’m on the art and the food scene / Fuck rap, laying back eatin’ poutine.” – Action Bronson in ‘Tapas’
This was just one of a long course of food raps for Action. Afterall, he was a sous chef before signing a record deal. He has even gone far enough to say he is a chef who “just happens to rap.” The way he raps about farm-fresh eggs and cooking lamb leave little doubt of his true passion.
6. “Watch these rap ni**as get all up in your guts / French vanilla, butter-pecan, chocolate deluxe / Even caramel sundaes is getting touched / And scooped in my ice cream truck/ Wu tears it up.” – Method Man in ‘Ice Cream’
Using ice cream flavors as metaphors is no novel pursuit. However, a real stand out is accomplished by Method Man’s impressive repertoire of flavors and of course his flawless flow.
7. “Big wheels, big straps, you know I like it supersized / Passenger’s a redbone, her weave look like some curly fries / Inside fish sticks, outside tartar sauce / Pocket full of celery, imagine what she telling me / Blowing on asparagus, the realest shit I ever smoked.” – Young Jeezy in ‘Put On’
Cars, money, women and drug dealing are all represented. Young Jeezy does an impressive job of including all the rapper food group metaphors, making for a well-balanced record.
8. “And man shout my ni**a Game/he just rolled through/Eatin’ crab out in Malibu at Nobu” – Drake in YG’s ‘Who Do You Love’
Drake is also no stranger to food raps. He belongs in the more new-age category of luxury chef name-dropping (see also: kanye west) rather than the old-school metaphorical usage of foods like “beef,” “cheese,” and “lettuce.”
9. “Fried chicken, fly vixen / Give me heart disease but need you in my kitchen” – Nas in ‘Fried Chicken’
Nas does a fine job of utilizing black eating habits as a metaphor for women. He embraces the culture while also complimenting a beautiful woman in his life.
10. “Six-deuce every time, I never had the Heinz / Fifty-seven can’t ketchup [catch up] to mines.” – Jay Z in ‘Maybach Music 2’
This very clever, double entendre may have you pressing rewind, especially if you know nothing about cars. Jay Z references 2 versions of the Maybach. The first being the 57 – hence the Heinz Ketchup reference (Heinz has a 57 on their bottles) and adds the “ketchup”/catch up pun to explain that he prefers the 2nd, 62 Maybach version for its faster speed. It’ll come to you, maybe sleep on it?
11. “Born sinner, the opposite of a winner / Remember when I used to eat sardines for dinner.” – Notorious B.I.G. in ‘Juicy’
Biggie gives us some insight into his come up from poverty by rapping “winner” with both “dinner” and “sinner.” Job well done on delivering a simple message in a genius way. Some would even say, lyrics like this are what food raps are all about.
12. “I’m at the Pizza Hut (What?)/I’m at the Taco Bell (What?)/I’m at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” – Das Racist in ‘Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell
A rap about a realization even middle America can relate to. This is actually the second verse of an entire song dedicated to pretty much these same lyrics repeated over and over.