Some of you may have read this quickly and got a ‘what have rappers been cocking up?’. But, nope. Rappers and cooking, this is the trend we cannot refrain from being utterly captivated by right now. From old school rappers of the likes of Snoop Dogg to emerging British rappers, food and bars have been made into a successful match.
OK, let’s clear this out of the way. Rappers have historically been pretty good artists at ‘cooking’, but I know it, and you know it, it’s the other type of cooking they have made headlines for. Until a new trend, check it out!
Snoop Dogg: from ‘The Last Meal' to ‘From Crook to Cook’
He really says it all. It has been apparently his excellent joint rolling skills that allowed him to become a sushi expert – and his love for certain ‘herbs’. From gin and juice in the hood, to collaborating with Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg has found a way to target his audience decades later his big hits. Dogg’s first cooking book contains 50 recipes and was published in October 2018, about a month before he also had is Star on the Walk of Fame.
Do you think his recipes are ‘just’ a funny take on traditional cuisine? The writing style of each of the turkey dinner or perfect pancake recipe is worth buying the book on their own of course, and will probably get cooking beginners right on those stoves. But the recipes are no way just for beginners, the rap icon, the former gangsta rapper is a true culinary expert!
Start from the Billionaire’s Bacon when:
you on some real player shit and ain’t got time for regular swine.
2Chainz’s ‘Meal Time
Rapper 2Chainz back in 2013 published a 28-page cookbook: the recipes feature tips on what to listen to while you are cooking. For example if you were to try out his garlic mashed potatoes you, ‘If wearing a four-finger ring, carefully place it on a side table before starting to cook’ and then hit his ‘Feds Watching’.
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Kelis: My Life on a Plate
Her most well-known song is ‘Milkshake’ and she isn’t only known as an Rnb singer, but as a chef too. Kelis sold more than 6 million records worldwide and she also graduated from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school; in 2013, along with her music, she debuted with her sauce line ‘Feast’. In 2015 she published ‘My life on a plate’, a collection of recipes from around the world and from her personal story.
Coolio’s Cookin’ With Coolio
Gangsta’s Paradise rap artist Coolio has produced a book and a web series titled ‘Cooking with Coolio’: filled with his own twists, stuff like ‘Blasian’, a blend of Black and Asian cooking style, or Ghettalian, ghetto+Italian, the recipe book was published in 2009. His style is something to be defined as ‘ghetto gourmet’ and he says ‘“All you need is a little bit of food, and a little bit of know-how.”
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Action Bronson’s web series ‘Fuck, That’s Delicious’
We would like to have our own rapper doing damn good cooking editorial on D360, wouldn’t we? In the meantime, we can only hope somebody as talented and entertaining as Action Bronson will turn up and do it. He’s the star of ‘Fuck That’s Delicious’ for Vice Media.
For the British rapper cooking wasn’t just a distraction or a necessity, it was what helped him out with his ADHD and the dyslexia: reading recipes and getting his hands in allowed him to overcome certain obstacles and it is not a coincidence his latest single is named ‘Ottolenghi’, as the famous Michelin star chef. Now he wants other youngster to find a way through the same issues he experienced as a kid and he has taken up teaching kids to cook. Read more on Carner here.