The 5 Greatest Hip Hop Cooking Shows of All Time
In the world of hip-hop, there’s no shortage of food references in rhymes, like the way Fabolous has name dropped fettuccine or Rick Ross has referenced lemon pepper wings from Wingstop (or, preferably, Wendy’s). Increasingly, among other things, there’s a subsect of foodie-rappers that have added “cooking” to their long list of entrepreneurial endeavors. Now that the sun is finally peeking out, there’s no time like the present to start inviting your friends over for a little food and wine shindig with these guest-worthy recipes inspired by the greatest hip hop cooking shows. Below, five rappers in the kitchen showing off their culinary skills.
Waka Flocka Flame & Raury
Recipe: Vegan Blueberry Muffins
Word of advice from Waka Flocka Flame: “Never put your hands in the oven without mittens. But, when you’re hungry and you’re vegan, you’ve got superpowers.” In this episode, Flame, who adopted a vegan lifestyle because he “got tired of breathing hard” and Raury, who apparently has “wet dreams about Chick-fil-A,” schools us on superfoods and plant-based sources of protein. In the end, Flame shuts all the vegan haters down by saying, “When I eat, I get energy. When they eat, they be sleeping.” Word.
Recipe: Seared Ahi Tuna
Before he was a rapper, he worked as a chef in Flushing. This explains why he’s probably the only rapper who not only named his mixtape, Blue Chips, but also dropped a line about roasted bone marrow on rosemary bread. Before Action’s channel, F*ck, That’s Delicious, he had a YouTube cooking show called Action in the Kitchen, where he whipped up everything from sushi-grade seared Ahi tuna to The Bronson Burger stuffed with marbled bacon and chicken cutlets. In this throwback episode, Bronson drops some real culinary knowledge, all while decked out in a polo shirt with red socks to match.
2ChainzRecipe: Crab Cakes with Mango Salsa
In this episode, 2Chainz stopped by The Chew to make crab cakes with mango salsa to promote his sophomore album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time and its companion cookbook. It’s worth watching just to hear his co-host, Mario Batali, tell 2Chainz that “Mercy” with Kanye West is “such a bangin’ song.” Watch the full episode here.
Recipe: Holiday Brownies
Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart’s VH1 series, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, spawned from a 2009 episode on The Martha Stewart Show where Snoop made green holiday brownies. Why green? Well, “Green is environmental,” explained Snoop.
Recipe: Jerk Sauce
Although not quite a rapper, singer-turned-chef Kelis went from singing about milkshakes to training at the prestigious Cordon Bleu cookery school, so mad props are due. Now, not only does her culinary repertoire include a cooking show called Saucy and Sweet, but she’s also a cookbook author and owner of a sauce company. She even released an album in 2014 called Food, which featured songs such as “Breakfast”, “Cobbler”, and “Friday Fish Fry”. In this episode, Kelis teaches you how to make her signature jerk sauce—the perfect accompaniment for your special summer cookout wings.
Images via Run The Trap, The Chew, and The Lunch Table
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