Hip-hop and Waffle House are two staples of Atlanta. Maybe that's why Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Kanye West and others have referenced the diner in songs.
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Rappers are big fans of Waffle House, apparently.
Hip-hop and the 24/7 breakfast spot have both been Atlanta staples for quite sometime now. The first Waffle House opened in Avondale Estates in 1955, and it’s easy to argue that Atlanta has had a grip on the hip-hop crown for nearly two decades.
Here’s 10 times rappers mentioned patty melts, waffles, hash browns and more in songs:
Kanye West — “30 Hours”
Got a hotel room, 3 stars for you / You call down for an omelet / Girl it's 5 in the morning / You realize we at the DoubleTree, not the Aria / Only thing open is Waffle House, girl don't start with me
I got a move that will break your leg, know what I’m talking about / Known to kill (expletive), (expletive) chalk it out / Our first date was the Waffle House / Different day, different escapades / If they don’t like it they opinions like Escalade's / Everybody got one
For 2 Chainz, Waffle House isn’t just a place for a late night snack, it’s a place for dates too.
Childish Gambino — “Arrangement”
Eastside Atlanta, flyest (expletive) in a Waffle House / If it ain't money, man, we ain't got (expletive) to talk about
2 a.m. now I'm gettin’ with her / 3 a.m. now I'm splittin’ with her / 4 a.m. at the Waffle House / 5 a.m. now we at my house
Even rappers from New York like Waffle House. Jay-Z might have been the first to mention it in a song too, as this track off “Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter” came out in 1999.
Shawn Jay — “Georgia”
You'll find me down in Dougherty County in a small city called Albany / Where they used to call us some bammers / And now they jock the grammar / Watch your mouth unless you offer some manner / But ya hustlers on every corner like the Waffle House in Atlanta
It keep me in the zone, I'm like long til' the clock strike twelve / One mo' then I'm out of the front door / On a mission like a Waffle House cook for the 24/7 / Man, I'm just trying to get paid / And make it where these (expletive) hate
Waffle House is still relevant and tasty enough in 2017 to get mentioned in songs. This is from Big KRIT’s newest album, “4eva Is a Mighty Long Time.” On this track, instead of acknowledging a menu item, KRIT gives a shout-out to the cooks.
Big Boi — “Da Next Day”
Like you just got a scholarship / Or like a Waffle House waitress with a dollar tip / Don't let them see you sweat, (expletive) all the parlor tricks / Better gone, get some gold, (expletive) that dollar, (expletive)
Big Boi reminds us that the folks serving the waffles are working just as hard as the ones cooking them. Next time you’re at a Waffle House, be sure to leave a tip.
Lil Wayne — “Cash Out”
My (expletive) smoke like coffee shops / That's syrup gang, Waffle House / Gunfight, I'll knock you out
In addition to the lyrics listed here, Lil Durk and Travis Porter both have songs simply titled, “Waffle House.” In the Travis Porter song, rapper Strap wonders what comes on a sausage biscuit, while Lil Durk claims that his trap house is a Waffle House.