Seven Food-Inspired Rap Songs
Yeah, they actually exist. Here are seven tasty rap tributes to food sure to get you salivating.
7. Freestyle Fellowship - "Cornbread"
Aceyalone recommends a meal plan that will have you reaching for a bottle of Pepto. Cherry coke, cantaloupe, and a trip to the chocolate bar? Uh...no, thanks. But we'd gladly chug another shot of the unsung Innercity Griots any day. (Video above)
6. UMCs - "Blue Cheese"
"Blue cheese is the topic at hand," announced Haas G without any hint of humor. "Cheesy blue elements can't stand/When I elaborate on the fake calibrate/Non potent forces of a food for a rodent."
When you think about it, UMCs took a huge risk with some of the songs on their Fruits of Nature album, especially "Blue Cheese." Keep in mind that this was the early 90s when every rap song contained ample references to AKs and ski masks.
5. Nas - "Fried Chicken" (Feat. Busta Rhymes)
There's really something weird about Nas trying to seduce a piece of chicken: "You in your hot tub, I'm looking at ya salivatin'." Except, he's only using birds as a metaphor for the fairer sex. Busta didn't get the memo, though. Bus veered off topic and opted to rap about swine instead. Still, "Fried Chicken" is one of the best songs on Nas' controversial untitled album.
4. Milk Dee - "Spam" (Feat. Ad Rock)
Milk Dee, the high-pitched member of Audio Two, launched a short-live solo career in the mid-90s. His Def American debut, Never Dated, spawned the standout "Spam" with Ad Rock (of Beastie Boys). Screaming at the top of their lungs, they declared war against sucker MCs and imitation ham, rhyming "Spam! Ain't the move it's imitation ham!/Ham is pork and the pork is foul/Cut it like a pig and that ain't my style." Now we know what not to get Milk for lunch.
3. A Tribe Called Quest - "Ham 'N' Eggs"
You know you're one of the greatest groups when you can diss the world's most popular breakfast meal and still sell a shit ton of records.
2. The Fat Boys - "All You Can Eat"
Fat Boys are feeling down and out. So they do what any fat kid would do, hit up a buffet joint. A few seconds later, Kid Rock Ski is barking: "Give me some bologna, salami, and ham /Toast with butter and strawberry jam."
1. Goodie Mob - "Soul Food"
Most rap songs about food tend to veer off topic, because there's only so many ways to praise the nutritional value of mango. The title track from Goodie Mob's most-cherished album, however, is a full-fledged tribute to soul food set atop a robust bass line. "Sunday morning, where you eating at?" Khujo inquires. If Goodie's ode to hot wings and grits doesn't make you hungry, you're probably a fast food fiend.
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