Five Songs: Let's Rap About Food, Baby

Rap music is often viewed as the ode to gang violence. Ask Florida millionaires and they might tell you that rap music has no place in a gentrified society.

Of course, Tupac, Lil Wayne, and even Eminem would disagree with you. In fact, Tupac would say "I don't give a f**k," Lil Wayne might sneer, and Eminem would likely throw up his middle finger in disgust.

That's because rap has found its own place in the heart of American society.

But for all the lyrics about disregarding loose women and gaining currency, there's a woeful lack of raps about food.

Why? Everyone loves food. Everyone eats it. And surely if you're a famous rapper, you are definitely chowing down on some specialty steak every night.

That's where YouTube comes in. We did some digging, a lot of listening, and copious amounts of giggling to bring you this list of the best food rap videos on the web.


5. School Food Rap

You have to give these kids some credit. They managed to corral a lunchroom full of unruly high schoolers and get them to rap about the state of their cafeteria food. The best part is that they did the research and rap about where the food comes from, the additives, and more.

The only reason this got the number-five spot was because of its production quality. A little more sound next time, please?

4. McDonald's: The Rap

We can get jiggy with this guy's creativity, but we're not feeling his street cred. The man who created and stars in the video is vaguely reminiscent of a Jewish Borat -- not that there's anything wrong with that -- but we feel that maybe he's not as excited about this McDonald's trip as he leads viewers to believe. 

Whatever, props to this dude for putting himself in front of the camera and acting a fool.

3. Whole Foods Parking Lot Rap

No matter how hard rappers act, we all know what really happens after the studio closes. Those celebs with the street cred-a-bil-ity are rolling into the Whole Foods parking lot. 

Forget about Albertson's. They're too good for reasonably priced vegetables.

But as "Whole Foods Parking Lot - Music Video" points out, you can look only so gangsta driving a Prius to an organic grocery store. 

 2. Whole Foods Parking Lot Rap Response


Oh sweet Jesus. There is nothing more beautiful than a hipster-on-hipster word battle. It looks like this video was created with the help of the original Whole Foods Rap artist, which makes it far less exciting than the Emily Ellis versus Eminem "Slim Shady" feud of the early 2000s.

Still, add rap lyrics to the mix, a woman with an ohm tattoo, and "shopping for cruciferous veggies" and you have the mix for a perfect music video.

1. Where Ya Noms At

We could spend hours waxing poetic about our love for Hannah Hart, the adorable brain-child behind the "My Drunk Kitchen" YouTube channel.

There so many great things about this music video. Let's start with the production quality, scene changes, and real food props. Then let's move on to brilliant lyrics about everything from cheese to thyme. Finally Hannah and her friend Andrew Huang, the man behind the "Song to Wear Pants To" YouTube channel, sing beautifully in a way that doesn't make us feel awkward about repeatedly listening to this song as we type.

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Devin Desjarlais