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
10. Run-D.M.C., "Christmas in Hollis" (A Very Special Christmas, 1987)
The lyric: "It's Christmas time in Hollis, Queens / Mom's cooking chicken and collard greens."
Hip-hop's finest contribution to the Christmas song canon includes a rundown of Run-D.M.C.'s preferred holiday spread.
9. De La Soul, "Bitties in the BK Lounge" (De La Soul Is Dead, 1991)
The lyric: "Well, it was a Wednesday, me and Boss Hog was kinda hungry / Like two eggs, and a slop beef slice of lettuce / And a glass of milk and some cookies."
This fine example of storytelling rap recounts the perils of hollering at women in a Burger King.
8. Jay-Z, "Success" (American Gangster, 2007)
The lyric: "How many times can I go to Mr. Chow's, Tao's, Nobu? / Hold up, let me move my bowels."
In chronicling the nihilism of fame and wealth, Mr. Carter wonders how much fine dining one man can stomach. #rapperproblems
7. Cam'ron, "Wet Wipes" (Killa Season, 2006)
The lyric: "Had a drunken mind, club wobbled out / Next stop: Start trouble inside the Waffle House."
It's tough to choose just one foodie reference from the man who once referred to himself as "the sushi king," but this example remains an all-time favorite. Taken in the context of "Killa Cam," on which he calls himself "the hooligan at Houlihan's," it's clear that Cam'ron is a restaurant manager's worst nightmare.
6. Juelz Santana, "S.AN.T.A.N.A" (The Diplomats's Diplomatic Immunity 2, 2004)
The lyric: "I ain't here to wine ya / I ain't here to dine ya / I came here to pop ya / And I came here for lobster / The whole damn shebang, and they ain't bring the pasta."
This video always makes us feel a little sorry for Juelz: Even in the trattoria of his wildest dreams, he can't get good service. Get this guy to a Danny Meyer restaurant, stat.
5. Nas, "Fried Chicken" (Untitled, 2008)
The lyric: "Mmm, fried chicken, fly vixen / Give me heart disease but need you in my kitchen."
This love letter to deep-fried fowl is perhaps the best high-concept food rap of all time. Nas and Busta Rhymes both deliver well-crafted verses about how the food they love the most is killing them.
4. Slick Rick, "Mona Lisa" (The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, 1988)
The lyric: "I went into a store, to buy a slice of pizza / And bumped into a girl, her name was Mona (what?) Mona Lisa."
Eminem gives Slick Rick's old-fashioned courtship a more sinister spin on "As the World Turns," when he raps, "I met a slut and said, 'What up, it's nice to meet ya / I'd like to treat ya to a Faygo and a slice of pizza.'"
3. Beastie Boys, "3 the Hard Way" (To the 5 Boroughs, 2004)
The lyric: "Oops, gotcha, clutch like Piazza / Sneak between the sheets so hide the matzo / Holler back challah bread...next."
Thanks to the Beastie Boys, Jewish foodstuffs like matzo and challah found their way into the rap vocabulary.
2. A Tribe Called Quest, "Ham 'N' Eggs" (People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, 1990)
The lyric: "I don't eat no ham and eggs, 'cause they're high in cholesterol / Ayo, Phife do you eat 'em? No, Tip do you eat 'em? / Uh-uh, not at all."
If you yearn for the days when a rapper could say, "asparagus tips look yummy, yummy, yummy" and still sound dope, this is the track for you.
1. Rakim, "Eric B. Is President" (Eric B. and Rakim's Paid in Full, 1987)
The lyric: "You scream I'm lazy, you must be crazy / Thought I was a donut, you tried to glaze me."
Rakim is likely the most oft-quoted MC in hip-hop history, and this line ranks among his most memorable.