Eat It: Houston Rappers Love to Write Songs About Eating
One thing Houston rappers are proficient in-besides rapping great-is eating well. Many of the more influential artists were/are big and fat: Fat Pat, Big Pokey, Big Moe, Big HAWK, Big Mello, and Big Steve. Even DJ Screw was a husky man.
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That's not to say that their weight was ever an issue, Houstonians just love their Southern eats. It's a source of pride. Like Fat Tony once said: "In other countries, you ain't poppin' unless you're a bit chubby. That represents wealth and good living." So, in honor of Thanksgiving, we've made a list of Houston hip-hop songs that reference southern comfort food and the restaurants that have been serving it for decades.
E.S.G. "Ocean of Funk"
"Let me enter, 'cause I fill a chick up like a Timmy Chan wing dinner."
Lil Flip ft. Big HAWK "Down Souf"
"Down south we eatin' Timmy Chan's and noodles. I just bought an Escalade and a PT Cruiser."
E.S.G. was swangin' and bangin' through the drive-thru at Timmy Chan's back in 1994, when Ocean of Funk came out. So was Lil Flip. The Chinese restaurant is commonly referred to as "Chimmy Chan" and with locations on each side of town, it's not going anywhere. Maybe one day they'll change the robbery-proof payment window in the drive thru. If you've been there, you know what we're talking about.
Z-Ro and Trae "I Really Miss My Dawg"
"When we got the munchies, had to eat that Hartz Chicken."
Z-Ro and Trae reminisce on their memories with the late DJ Screw in this song from 2003's Assholes By Nature. We wonder if Screw and company ever ate Hartz's specialty: chicken livers and gizzards.
Lil Flip "Knockin' Pictures Off Da Wall Freestyle"
"I roll a Philly, I used to eat at Piccadilly's. Lil Flip took your ho some roses and lilies."
Lil Flip was once the Freestyle King back when people freestyled for fun. If you've never been to Piccadilly, we'll explain it as best we can. It has the same basic layout as Luby's with an equal amount of senior citizens.