Ayo, rappers are the original foodies! That’s not something we or anyone else has ever said, but we do maintain that hip-hop has a special relationship with grubbing. From the seminal track “Rapper’s Delight” (“I don’t mean to brag, I don’t mean to boast / But we like hot butter on your breakfast toast”) to the rise of gourmand rap via Action Bronson, the genre has been on a started-from-the-bottom journey, with humble references giving rise to luxe-life tropes like lobster, filet mignon, and mob-style red sauce feasts.

To get a sense of the diversity of food lyrics in rap history, press play and hear some of our favorite grub references of all time.

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