You know what I spend most of my time fantasizing about? Absolutely KILLING IT at hip hop karaoke. Yeah, seriously. It’s a daily fantasy that I indulge in multiple times a day with hip hop blaring in my ears as I am walking down the NYC streets, or in the subway, or while I am tidying up the house. Would I ever attempt this in real life? I tried. I went to hip hop karaoke with friends a few years ago and basically had to breathe into a paper bag from anxiety. I never went on stage.
Putting regrets and being a total chicken aside, the point is that I LOVE hip hop. Growing up in NYC during the 1980’s and 1990’s, it was everywhere. The first album I remembering hearing (and memorizing) was Salt N Pepa’s Very Necessary. Then my cousin, Tommaso, who is 5 years my senior (and who I absolutely worshipped), went through a phase where he would only play with me if we would stage mini performances of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) together. (You haven’t seen ridiculous until you’ve seen two white kids who haven’t hit puberty yet jam out to Method Man.) From there it was Slick Rick, Tribe Called Quest, Notorious, Jay Z, Tupac, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, The Fugees, De La Soul, The Pharcyde, just to name a few. I’d memorize all the lyrics and lip sync on my way home from school with my janky disk man. Any time I hear Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation, it takes me right back to my major crush kissed me at a party only to totally blank me the next day. Ah, memories.
The next 6 days of content on this site is a foodie love letter to hip hop. We took some of our favorite hip hop food lyrics and turned them into photos. We decided it would be fun to release these as a quiz – can you tell the famous food lyric that inspired each photo? Every morning for the next 6 days, I’ll be releasing a photo on my Instagram (@ElettraW). Show your hip hop knowledge by telling me the artist name, album, song, and exact lyric in Instagram’s comments section. Answers and explanations will be up the following morning on Impatient Foodie. Game on 😉
Special thanks to Davide Luciano (photographer), Claudia Ficca (food stylist), and Alex Brannian (prop stylist) for making all of this come together so perfectly!