The 25 Greatest Food Lyrics in Rap

From Sugarhill Gang to Action Bronson, we scoured hip-hop history for the greatest grub references of all time.

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We just tryin' to eat.

This simple hustler's credo has always been fundamental to the urban rags-to-riches story, which at its core is a fight to put a meal on the table, and to evolve from canned sardines to seafood towers. With this in mind, it's not surprising that food has always had a place in rap lyricism. Yet reaching all the way back to Wonder Mike's fumbling lines about dinner at a friend's house on the seminal "Rapper's Delight" ("I mean the macaroni's soggy, the peas are mushed, and the chicken tastes like wood"), it's remarkable how many ways MCs have found to slice and dice food references into their verses. Who would have thought that hip-hop would take it this far?

These days, Action Bronson reigns as the undisputed king of the culinary rap style, turning mixtape drops into food-blog fodder for the first time ever. But fans of food and hip-hop would be foolish to stop there: From Rakim's oft-quotes bars about glazed donuts and fish, to the gonzo gastronomic obsessions of avante-garde MCs like Ghostface and MF DOOM, the grub references committed to wax go well beyond a zeitgeist-y shout out to Eataly. There are poetic odes to the humble foods of the have-nots, boasts about crustacean- and champagne-fueled benders, coke-rap allegories that conflate cooking drugs with cooking meals, and even a whole subgenre of lyrical homages to Benihana. It's a smorgasbord that no rap historian could possibly ignore.

We've tackled the greatest food-rap MCs of all time, whose entire body of work demonstrates a commitment to the subgenre. But here, we're celebrating the hottest food-related lyrics, period. The clips are cued up so you can press play and listen the lines—this is rap after all, so delivery is crucial. We've also argued the case for each reference's place in the pantheon, and trust us—we have heard Biggie's "T-bone steak, cheese eggs, and Welch's grape" line. It's not that hot.

Crank the speakers and gorge on the 25 best food references in rap. Got a favorite that's missing? Tweet it @firstwefeast with the hash tag #foodrap.

Written by Chris Schonberger (@cschonberger) and Nick Schonberger (@nschon)

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  • http://orlando-politics.com/ Orlandopoliticsnet

    This post is GREAT! No lie, I was going to throw my tablet across the yard if Biggie didn’t get any references in this countdown. I like his reference of butter and toast better than Sugarhill gangs. Don’t forget the “Big poppa” reference! “fill my belly, T-Bone Steak, Cheese, Eggs, and Welch’s grape!” AWESOME countdown!
    http://orlando-politics.com/

  • seannnnnn

    Eminem Cinderella man?

    Shit my potato’s baked,
    Homie the veggies on my plate can fly,
    My fillet is smoking weed,
    Yea faggot the stakes are high

    • fuck him

      it’s steaks* you bum ass nigga

  • http://www.facebook.com/jayhanspal Jay Hanspal

    What she order? Fish Fillet? thats the one most people will remember.

  • HHH

    Lupe Fiasco- Gotta Eat
    The whole song contains food lyrics in it, using it as a cloak for drug dealers.

  • Maria Smith

    very important

    GRE Test

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  • Beijing Boyce

    Surely, you need something to pair with that food…

    “Like a bottle of Châteauneuf du Pape,
    “I’m fine, like wine, when I start to rap.”

    ‘Body Movin’, Beastie Boys

  • Jae

    Foxy Brown – I Taste Like Candy

  • CC

    WHERE THE F IS DAS RACIST?

    “Rainbow in the Dark” – I’m at the White Castle / tiny ass hamburgers, tiny ass cheeseburgers, tiny ass chicken sandwiches / it’s outlandish, kid

    “Chicken and Meat” – People on the street eatin’ chicken and meat / people eatin’ bacon all across the nation

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