How is this biggie not there: So we can steam on the way to the telly go fill my belly/ A t-bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch's grape
The 50 top rap lyrics about food
Crank up the volume for TONY's list of the greatest grub references ever laid on wax.
Tue Feb 21 2012
30. Fabolous, "You Ain't Got Nothin' " (Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III, 2008)
The lyric: "My lil' man is on ya, Marlon and Shawn ya / Lay the beef on his noodle / Make some luger lasagna / 40-cal fettuccine, trey-pound pasta / You reach for this medallion, you must like Italian."
Guns made out of pasta sound like a gangster Giuseppe Arcimboldo painting. Side note: On the same track, Juelz Santana reminds us to never invite him to a cocktail party with the line, "Haven't you all heard? / Y'all all herbs (yep) / I stick toothpicks (where?) / In y'all hors d'oeuvres." Cheeky bastard!
29. MF Doom, "Beef Rapp" (Mm.. Food, 2004)
The lyric: "Beef rap could lead to getting teeth capped / Or even a wreath for ma dukes on some grief crap / I suggest you change your diet / It can lead to high blood pressure if you fry it."
The masked indie rapper crafted this entire indie albumâ€”an anagram of the name MF Doomâ€”around food-inspired samples (including "Would You Like a Snack?" by Frank Zappa) and lyrical references. Other tracks include "Hoe Cakes," "Fillet-O-Rapper" and "Kon Queso."
28. Puff Daddy, "It's All About the Benjamins" (No Way Out, 1997)
The lyric: "Yeah, living the raw deal, three-course meal / Spaghetti, fettuccini and veal."
Six years later, Diddy would put all that carbo-loading to good use by running the New York City Marathon.
27. Jay-Z, "Go Crazy" (Young Jeezy's Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, 2005)
The lyric: "More than a hustler, I'm the definition of it / Master chef, lord of the kitchen cupboard."
Sure, Jigga's talking about cooking crack, not duck confit. Nonetheless, we appreciate his Gordon Ramsay-like vigor behind the burner. If only he would lay down a verse over some "buttery biscuit base."
26. Method Man, "Ice Cream" (Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, 1995)
The lyric: "Watch these rap niggas get all up in your guts / French vanilla, butter-pecan, chocolate deluxe / Even caramel sundaes is getting touched / And scooped in my ice cream truckâ€”Wu tears it up."
Fun fact: That guy in the background yelling, "The ice cream man is coming!" is Eddie Murphy.
25. Talib Kweli, "Back Up Offa Me" (The Beautiful Struggle, 2004)
The lyric: "Tried to tell you not to fuck with these debutantes / That's more Kobe beef than Japanese restaurants."
In the wake of Kobe Bryant's 2003 sexual assault case, Talib reiterates some oldie-but-goodie advice.
24. Ice Cube, "It Was a Good Day" (The Predator, 1992)
The lyric: "No barkin' from the dog, no smogâ€”and momma cooked up breakfast with no hog / I got my grub on but didn't pig out, finally got a call from this girl I want to dig out."
Best. Day. Ever.
23. Lil Wayne, "6 Foot 7 Foot" (Tha Carter IV, 2011)
The lyric: "Paper chasin', tell that paper, 'Look I'm right behind ya' / Bitch, real Gs move in silence like lasagna."
Is Lil Wayne employing metonymy here, using lasagnaâ€”a dish associated with Italian gangstersâ€”to represent the mob as a whole? Or does he just not realize that the g in lasagna isn't actually silent? (Or maybe it is silent?) These are the questions that keep us awake at night.
22. Big Pun, "Banned from TV" (Endangered Species, 2001)
The lyric: "Champagne on the rocks, rockin' a Fort Knox Lazarus / Shark salad with carrots, pork chops and applesauce."
Further evidence that Big Pun would eat absolutely anything.
21. Roots Manuva, "Witness (1 Hope)" (Run Come Save Me, 2011)
The lyric: "Right now, I see clearer than most / I sit here contented with this cheese on toast."
Other rappers obsess over caviar dreams and how many bottles of Ciroc are at the table. But Roots Manuva is happy with the simplest of English comfort foods: some melted cheddar, a piece of toast and a splash of Worcestershire sauce. Lovey jubbly.