At first glance, Martha Stewart's place in hip-hop culture may seem like a bit of a joke—a gag that hinges on the juxtaposition of a 75-year-old lifestyle maven regularly rubbing elbows with some of rap's most prominent MCs. But in 2016, after the chef announced her upcoming television series with Snoop Dogg on Monday, Stewart's long-standing status as a pop-culture icon has finally begun to transcend millennial irony: It's for real.
Martha & Snoop's Dinner Party, which premieres this fall on VH1, marks the chef's final coronation into the Rap Illuminati, her enduring credibility in hip-hop now runnning deeper than ever.
After being released from prison in 2005, Stewart's career went through a kind of second renaissance. Once mocked as cold, calculating, and uptight, the chef seemed to revel in her new-found street cred following her incarceration, chugging malt liquor with Conan O’Brien, bragging about her joint-rolling prowess with Andy Cohen, and instructing Justin Bieber how to make a prison shank during his Comedy Central’s roast.
Today, food and rap have become inextricably linked together. Action Bronson’s Viceland series, F*ck, That’s Delicious, has become one of the more respected food shows on television, and Cam’ron is now calling himself the “Scampi man,” teaching fans how to sauté shrimp and roast asparagus.
But it was Stewart who first open the portal between these two seemingly alternate realities, rapping “It’s All About the Benjamins” with Diddy and baking green-flecked brownies with Snoop on her show. Ultimately, the reason why hip-hop shows so much love for Stewart is simple: Real recognize real.
Now, in honor of Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party, are all the times the lifestyle goddess found herself in the company of rap royalty.