Rappers want to be mobsters and mobsters want to be rappers. No? I think the phrase is rappers wanna be athletes and vice versa—but I digress. Rap’s infatuation with Italian gangsters is no secret; artists from both coasts have nicknamed themselves after famous mafiasos. There’s Young Gotti Kurupt Tha Kingpin from California, Capone from Queens, and let us not forget about NYC’s Wu-Tang Clan and their track “Wu Gambinos,” where each member gave themselves cool monikers. Names like “Noodles,” “Lucky Hands,” and the like are directly inspired by Jimmy Two Times in Goodfellas. Nas’ “Street Dreams” video was a play on Casino, another Scorsese vehicle.
The Italian influence doesn’t stop there. For some reason, rappers love them some pasta—with an emphasis on spaghetti and fettuccine. So, we figured it would be cool to make a rap guide to pasta for all the hip-hop food obsessives out there. We included pasta references, videos, a song, a rapper, and a very dank meme.
Notable pasta rap references
Puff Daddy and the Family – “All About the Benjamins (Remix)”
The lyric: “Yeah living the raw deal, three course meals; spaghetti, fettuccine, and veal”—Puffy
I’m not a foodie, but doesn’t “three-course meal” mean appetizer, main course, and dessert?
Eminem – “Lose Yourself”
The lyric: “His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy/There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti”
This line birthed an awesome meme video. More on that later.
Action Bronson – “Bag of Money” f/ Meyhem Lauren
The lyric: “Liver than the Oscars/Extra virgin olive oil drizzled on the pasta”
Bronsolini has too many pasta references.
Ghostface – “One”
The lyric: “A-yo, we at the weedgate, waiting for Jake/We want eight ravioli bags, two thirsty villains yelling bellyaches”
Ghost is the best when it comes to food references because he uses them to paint a picture. A ravioli bag means a fat sack of weed.
Ghostface – “Apollo Kids” f/ Raekwon
The lyric: “A-yo, this rap is like ziti, facing me real TV/Crash at high speeds, strawberry kiwi”
I have no idea what he’s talking about, but that line will always be dope. I think it means he will bake rappers like ziti with his raps.
Drake – “Ain’t No Tellin’”
The lyric: “Niggas think they can come take what I got, let’s be logical, yeah/V-Live, I order that Alfredo pasta then eat in the kitchen like i’m in the mafia”
Drizzy’s been talkin’ slick as of late. Maybe because he’s been in the gym, and pasta is good for beefing up. The boy has been eating a whole lot of wheat pasta while watching mob flicks. Meek learned the hard way.
Young Thug – “Quarterback” f/ Quavo & Peewee Longway
The lyric: “I dream of genie bitches in bikinis/They dreaming for the fettuccine/Pull up and drop my top off like Houdini” —Peewee Longway
Fettuccine (a.k.a., fetti) is a rap code word for money, for those who are unaware.
There’s An Entire Rap Song Dedicated to Fettuccine
Playboi Carti – “Fetti” f/ Da$H & Maxo Kream
“Fetti on Fetti on Fetti/I can’t go in I ain’t ready” is the hook. This new generation of rappers plan on keeping the pasta wave going and that’s a beautiful thing.
First Rapper Named After A Pasta
Best Rap Video Featuring A Pasta Dish:
G-Dep – “Let’s Get It”
That plate looks delicious, G-Dep. I hope he saved that fish head for soup later.
Biggest Pasta Mystery in Rap
Did Juelz ever get his pasta?
“Bitch, I ain’t her to wine ya, I ain’t her to dine ya/I came here to pop ya, shit, and I came here for lobster/The whole damn shebang and they ain’t brang the pasta/Now I got to be rude, they ain’t got me my food…”
He did eventually, but that wasn’t good enough, so he and Dips went for some lo mein after.
Action Bronson cooking spaghetti and shrimp.
The god from Queens quit his chef job to rap but he still gets busy in the kitchen. In the video above he throws down an exquisite spaghetti and shrimp dish while giving the viewer tips on how to make it extra flavorful with extra virgin olive oil, crushed red pepper, minced garlic, lemon zest, and basil. After garnishing it, he aptly named the dish “The Panty Dropper.”
Peak Spaghetti Moment in Rap
Eminem – “Mom’s Spaghetti”
This is the video I was referring to in the “Loose Yourself” blurb. You know you’ve made it in a genre when you turn into a meme. If spaghetti were a person, it would be very proud of this recognition.
God bless the Internet.