The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week's Rapper: Bigg Fatts
This Week's Prompt: What with your Fast Food mixtape and all, it'd be fun to get you to name the seven best food-related rap moments. It could be songs or tapes or famous lines or nicknames or whatever, doesn't matter. Feel free to get as abstract as you like.
Bigg Fatts: What are seven of the best food-related rap moments?
1. "Fast Food," Bigg Fatts
Bigg Fatts: It wouldn't be right if I didn't start this thing out with that Fast Food plug. People see me and automatically think, "Oh, his mixtape is Fast Food and he's a fat guy. That's funny."
But bigger than that, fast-food spots are on every corner and since anybody can hustle up three dollars and get a full meal, fast food chains are literally what feeds the streets in the hood. That's what my mixtape is doing. I've had chicks who never listen to real rap reciting lyrics that would give them headaches in the past.
2. "Rappers Delight," Sugarhill Gang
Have you ever went over to a friend's house to eat
and the food just ain't no good?
I mean the macaroni's soggy, the peas are mashed
and the chicken tastes like wood?
BF: This song is a concrete part of hip-hop history. It's crazy how rap has evolved from songs like this to what it is today. It's like looking at a monkey and thinking "ain't no way we originated from this thing."
With everything going on in my life it would be nice to complain about stuff like some soggy macaroni, but really a part of me wishes the rap game was still like this. It's like the feel-good part of hip-hop has been reduced. We lost it.
3."The Food," Common feat. Kanye West
BF: This is the kind of false advertisement that gets a lot of fat folks upset. The title is "The Food" and he doesn't mention burgers, wings, cheddar biscuits or anything else edible on the whole song.
What he does do is serve a plate of true hip-hop. I always say not too many people can tell a story with their raps, but when you can do it and it don't sound forced and people can connect with it, I respect that.
4."It Was a Good Day," Ice Cube
I got my grub on but didn't pig out
Finally got a call from a girl I been trying to dig out
BF: Rap is about imagery. Ice Cube mastered it in this whole song because everybody from my neck of the woods can relate to it. He is speaking on day-to-day events that just add up to make this ordinary day a good one.
When you can stop and appreciate having a good meal and not being overly full but happy with being satisfied, it's a good thing.
5. "21 Questions," 50 Cent
" love you like a fat kid loves cake.
BF: I know at least ten dudes who used this line in high school and I'm sure it had to be plenty more though. Not Fatty though, because I'm fat and fly but it was a bunch of them.
Matter of fact some of these elementary kids are here now because they mama gave up her cookies for that old cake line.
6. "Juicy," Biggie Smalls
Born filla, the opposite of a winner
remember when I used to eat sardines for dinner
BF: People have had 15-minute-long conversations on cooking Ramen noodles. Pour out the water, put the sauce packet in last, drop hot sauce in the water, I've heard it all.
There should be another food group added to that pyramid, "Poor Meals." Throw in noodles, Vienna sausages, tuna fish, sardines and all that on there. When I hear Biggie say he remember sardines I'm like yo, this dude ain't playing. He was broke for real.
7. "Spend It," 2 Chainz
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Nine months after that... SIMILAC!
BF: At first I use to laugh at the dude, but now I can appreciate 2 Chainz' work. A lot of people (rappers especially) think he really isn't saying anything, but when you pay close attention he sneaks in one or two real messages.
The thought of milk and diapers has made a lot of men wrap it up or at the very least pull out. SIMILAC saves lives and this song is just paying homage. Seriously though, when you can drop a song and certain parts are embedded into people's brains, you are doing something right.