JG Original: “Flava In Ya Ear” A B.I.G food dichotomy

The greatest lyricist of our time, Notorious B.I.G aka Biggie Smalls etc., was not only gifted at painting pictures of vivid street tales and the spoils of lavish lifestyles. He gave us some pretty dope food references as well. I went back through his catalog and picked out my favorites from his extensive catalog; so if you don’t know, now you know….


7.) I Love The Dough

Ride and decide on cracked crab and lobster/ Who say mobsters don’t prosper?

Not much to this one the title speaks for itself. He is basically demonstrating the hierarchy that Hova and himself has over you broke niggas. Mad? Well you should be.

6.) Get Money

Guess you can say you was the one I trusted/ Who would’ve ever thought that you would spread like mustard

This is actually a bit of a reach for a food reference, but c’mon this will go down in infamy as one of the dopest condiment lyrical metaphors. It’s right up there with Kanye’s mayonnaise colored vehicles.

5.) Sky’s The Limit

Niggas bought me milks at lunch/ The milk was chocolate the cookies was butter crunch

Illustrating the respect that was given to in elementary school through intimidation tactics. Big lays out the tributes he was given in the form of snacks from his peers. Them butter crunches were hittin too, don’t act like you don’t remember lol.

4.) Going Back To Cali

818,213s,813s/B.I.G frequently/Floss hoes at roscoes, if I wanna squirt her take her to Fat Burger.

Name dropping maybe two of the most famous franchises from the left coast; Big gives us a glimpse of how he wined and dined his Cali dimes. Nothing like chicken and waffles before intercourse; trust me I’ve done the research.

3.) Juicy

Remember when I used to eat sardines for dinner

Classic song, classic struggle. Here he paints the picture of his lifestyle before all the money,clothes and hoes(it’s all a brother knows). This struggle seemed very real given Frank White’s hefty stature I can only assume how many cans of sardines he had to put down to get his fill.

2.) Fucking You Tonight

Caviar, shark bar uh huh/ Strictly sex that sweaty and leftover spaghetti

One of my all time faves. It’s a simple concept that we are so far in our courtship I deserve a layup. I’m a man that doesn’t mind taking a woman out and making her feel special, but there is always a point where a simple come thru should suffice. Come to the crib I’m laying the pipe and we got leftovers in the fridge. I even got that uber fare for ya.

1.) Big Poppa

T-bone steak, cheese eggs, and Welch’s grape.

Say what you will, but this is the most iconic food lyric ever in my personal opinion. It rolls off the tongue so salacious like and is incredibly catchy. This just points out the amazing wit BIG had in his persona on the mic. A big guy that could finesse anything and make it sound gangster and debonair at the same damn time. Damn we’ll always gonna be missing you B.I.G.

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