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
20. Snoop Dogg, "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" (Dr. Dre's The Chronic, 1992)
The lyric: "Falling back on that ass, with a hellafied gangsta lean / Getting funky on the mike, like a old batch of collard greens."
File next to kombucha, Dr. Dre beats and fermented pork sausage at Zabb Elee on the list of stuff that's funky.
19. Guerilla Black, "Compton" (Guerilla City, 2004)
The lyric: "Keep my enemies on IV, once I toast them / Just like my bagels / Have 'em like Christians over they head, smoking halo."
We could never figure out if this was some sort of subversive commentary on Jewish-Christian relations. Unfortunately, Guerilla Black's flash-in-the-pan career didn't provide further opportunity to dig into his religious views.
18. Necro, "Food for Thought" (The Pre-Fix for Death, 2004)
The lyric: "You're lost in the sauce as it clogs your vessels / I'll undo the blouse of your spouse and give her my house special / My raps are hot and sour, they choke you / You make no moves like a vegetable, you're fake like tofu."
Horrorcore legend Necro reimagines the local Chinese joint as a hellish torture chamber, where fortune cookies read: "Very soon in the future you'll vomit green."
17. Jay-Z, "Maybach Music 2 (Lost Verse)"
The lyric: "Six-deuce every time, I never had the Heinz / Fifty-seven can't ketchup [catch up] to mines."
This clever double entendre requires some unpacking: The Maybach 57 and 62 are models of Mercedes-Benz's most luxurious line of cars. Jay-Z calls the 57 "the Heinz," referring to the Heinz 57 slogan found on ketchup bottles. The 62, which he prefers, is referred to here as the "six-deuce."
16. Dead Prez, "Be Healthy" (Let's Get Free, 2000)
The lyric: "I'm from the old school, my household smell like soul food, bruh / Curried falafel, barbecued tofu."
Ignore the part about smoking ganja, and this ode to healthy eating provides a great rebuttal to critics who say rap music is a bad influence.
15. The Sugarhill Gang, "Rappers Delight" (Sugarhill Gang, 1980)
The lyric: "Have you ever went over a friend's house to eat and the food just ain't no good? / I mean the macaroni's soggy, the peas are mushed, and the chicken tastes like wood."
In his verse from hip-hop's foundational posse cut, Wonder Mike describes that awkward experience of going to someone's house and trying to weasel out of eating a crappy meal.
14. Drake, "The Ride" (Take Care, 2011)
The lyric: "And you do dinners at French Laundry in Napa Valley / Scallops and glasses of Dolce, that shit's right up your alley."
While most new-money rappers are still talking about surf and turf and bottle service, Drizzy separates himself from the pack with this knowing nod to Thomas Keller's haute-cuisine temple. We'd love to know if the French Laundry sommelier really recommended that Dolce for the scallops.
13. Fat Tony, "U Ain't Fat" (RABDARGAB, 2010)
The lyric: "I was once a chubby brat / Chillin' with my mom, buying jeans off the husky rack / Skipping collard greens and beans for a Kit Kat."
If you've got food issues, here's your theme song. Houston-based rapper Fat Tony raps frankly about his body-image struggles, and in the video finds himself hallucinating about a waiter with a face made of pizza and a store clerk with Kit Kats for hands.
12. Kanye West, "Last Call" (The College Dropout, 2004)
The lyric: "Mayonnaise-colored Benz, I push Miracle Whips."
While plenty of hip-hop heads have questioned Kanye's lyrical dexterity, this witty bit of wordplay had everyone pressing rewind on his debut album. Whips refers to cars, while miracle may be a reference to the near-fatal crash that 'Ye survived in 2002.
11. Inspectah Deck, "House of Flying Daggers" (Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Part II, 2009)
The lyric: "I pop off like a mobster boss / Angel hair with the lobster sauce."
We might go with linguine when enjoying a nice lobster sauce, but we know better than to mess with the Wu-Tang Clan.