There's an old adage that says, "it ain't where you're from, it's where you're at." But in the world hip-hop, location is paramount to one's image and identity.
Hip-Hop may be as inclusive and homogeneous as ever, but there was once a time where representing where you're from and staying true to your roots was everything.
While regional borders within the culture have become all but extinct, hip-hop artists over the years have provided a taste their favorite things worldwide through their music and visuals. You could be living in the Midwest, but get a sense New York or Los Angeles culture through your favorite rapper's rhymes. One the biggest things covered was where you could go in an artist's hometown to catch a quality meal, intel that proved essential for frequent travelers.
Many the eateries shouted out in hip-hop have gone on to become cultural institutions and hip-hop landmarks in their own right.
Remember when Ice Cube got a FatBurger at two in the morning? Or when Diddy made Da Band trek through NYC for a slice cheesecake from Juniors?
To that end, The Boombox has compiled a list fifteen the most beloved eateries in hip-hop history that have left an impact on the culture.
15 Hip-Hop's Most Beloved Restaurants & Food Chains