- Mitchell Northam The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
Those factors, combined with Waffle House serving up diner-style food at 1,905 locations across the country, has made it one of the most name-checked restaurants in rap.
It even got a great scene in a hip-hop movie, when T.I. and his pals debated country and city life over waffles and sweet tea in the 2006 flick, “ATL.” According to IMDB, the Waffle House where that scene was filmed is at 1700 Howell Mill Road in Atlanta, if you want to check it out.
Here’s 10 times rappers mentioned patty melts, waffles, hash browns and more in songs:
When the hotel kitchen is closed and room service fails, Kanye notes that you can always count on the Waffle House down the street. Around 3 a.m. on a morning in 2015, Kanye hit up an Atlanta Waffle House with the deans of southern rap, Big Boi and Andre 3000. Earlier that year, he and Kim Kardashian went on a double-date at a Waffle House in Arizona with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.
The rapper from College Park makes it clear here that he enjoys a grilled sandwich much more than being frisked and searched.
For 2 Chainz, Waffle House isn’t just a place for a late night snack, it’s a place for dates too.
This is from Donald Glover’s 2012 mixtape, “Royalty.” Billboard reported that while Glover was filming his show for FX, “Atlanta,” he would often go through scripts late at night at a Waffle House. There’s a scene in the show where Glover’s character and others go to Waffle House after hitting the club.
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.
This is a 2005 anthem song led by Ludacris that samples Ray Charles. It’s about all things Georgia and couldn’t be complete without a mention of Waffle House.
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 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.
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.