Five of the best albums about food, inspired by the new LP from Kelis
Featuring J Dilla, Common, MF Doom, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Smiths
Food is something widely discussed in music, and Kelis’ latest album Food is an excellent example of that. So much so, she promoted the album in a unique way at Texas’s SXSW festival – by preparing gourmet meals for fans out of a food truck. In celebration, we’ve compiled a list of the top five albums with food-related titles.
J Dilla – Donuts
In an interview with The New York Times, J Dilla’s record label Stones Throw explained the album title by saying that Dilla just loved donuts. Dilla died three days after the album was released, but Donuts is still considered one of the most important hip hop albums ever recorded: rappers still re-use his tasty beats to this day.
Common – Like Water for Chocolate
J Dilla contributed beats to this album, which Common based on the Spanish novel with the same title. He likened the enormous passion that the book’s main character put into her cooking to the emotion he put into producing this appetising album.
MF Doom – Mm . . Food
This album – whose title is an anagram of the artist’s name – features a buffet of delicious food samples throughout, an early example being the use of Frank Zappa’s ‘Would You Like A Snack’. The track names – ‘Vomitspit’ or ‘Poo-Putt Platter’, for example – are not so yummy: let’s scrape those leftovers into the bin.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
The title’s just another way of saying that they’re a band who are a lot of fun. This is the fifth album released by the California four-piece, and it heralded their breakthrough into the mainstream. Though if we're honest, there's perhaps a touch more 'sex' than 'sugar' in its contents.
The Smiths – Meat is Murder
The second studio album from the iconic Manchester band is considered one of their more politically conscious offerings. The pro-vegetarian title track is one of the band’s first to showcase Morrissey’s passionate stance against the consumption of meat.