“I Got Benihana Issues”: Our 10 Favorite Rap Lyrics About Benihana

Take an audio tour of hip-hop's favorite chain restaurant.


Is there any restaurant that rappers love more than Benihana? The vaguely Japanese chain—known for its theatrical chefs and massive portions of seafood and fried rice—seems to be name-checked almost as often as top-shelf liquor in the hip-hop canon. Sometimes, the reasons are opportunistic: The high-flying chopping skills of the Benihana staff make for easy metaphors about slicing up foes, slinging drugs, and the like. But it would also appear that a lot of rappers simply love onion volcanos, Hibachi Chateaubriand, and Beni-Tinis.

Want some evidence? Click through the slideshow to listen to our 10 favorite Benihana references in rap. When you're done, we highly recommend reading this hilarious essay on the topic, which we found while trying to make sense of some of these couplets over at RapGenius.com.

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  • zamieo

    I knew Dom Kennedy’s line would be on there!

  • Anon

    Honorable mention has to go to Joe Budden’s line in the BET Shady 2.0 Cypher:

    “That’s why haters envy, kinda wanna send me llamas/I made it right before their eyes like I was Benihanas”

    • Chris S.

      Good call, I love that line.

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  • thatboyshortt318

    Where’s Big Sean?

    • Chris S.

      Only know “Up in Benny Han Han eating all the Wonton.” Was tempted by the excellent use of the nickname, but he missed the cut due to the fact that they clearly don’t have wontons at Benihana.

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  • Bulletproof Wallets

    DJ Quik in 1998’s “I Useta Know Her”

    (We’re runnin out of beedees) Now who gon do the honors
    I hit the liquor next to Benihana’s
    But on my way I met bitch as sqaure as a box
    With a big ass booty and some goldie locks

  • Benihana

    Song: “U Need a Drink”
    Album: Midnight Life with AMG. Track 9
    first line of the song…

    “Lets Chop it up like Benihanas, Ya’ll can keep the drama,
    lets dissapear like Osama, end up in the bahamas…. WHAT A FUCKIN’ SOONGGGG!!!

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