Empire State of Rice

Parody of the song "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z & Alicia Keys.

Yeah Iím out for dinner
Found a place in Tribeca
Going through the menu
Looking through forever
I canít find what I want
Do they make it here?
They could make it anywhere
They should serve it everywhere

The server comes to ask
If weíre having any problems
Gotta tell ya buddy
Do you think this is McDonalds?
Your menuís kinda lacking
Donít mean to be rude
But can I see your kitchen?
ĎCause Iím itching for some real food

I see you got brown rice
And white rice too
But youíre missing something
Even BK has on their menu
Pour it on your roast beef
Or with cheese on French fries
Drip it on some turkey
So why not on some wild rice?

Oh, you think Iím kidding?
Have you even tried it?
You musta had it growing up
Why you tryína hide it?
Itís a tasty combo
You really gotta trust me
Tell by my attitude
That itís what we really need

Add gravy... to your rice
Itís what dreams are made of
Thereís nothing you canít do
If you add gravy
This bowl of rice will taste brand new
The taste will inspire you
Letís hear it for rice, oh
Rice and gravy...

Everybody tells me
You canít eat rice with gravy
They say itís not real
Not a combo people craving
You should know theyíre dead wrong
Yeah you think Iím playiní
But Iíve got the internet
To back up what Iím sayiní

Log into your Instagram
Hashtag rice and gravy
Brings up tons of photos
Yíall really shouldnít play me
Folks around the world
Adding gravy to their rice
Shanghai to Alabama
Every day and night

Nearly 8 billion people
Rice is a staple
It grows almost anywhere
And so they eat it everywhere
They eat it in Miami
They eat it in Cleveland
Wherever thereís LeBron
Thereís rice, just believe me, man

Some like wheat
Some prefer barley
Some homies like herbs
Rest in peace Bob Marley
Long live Minute Rice
Love live Uncle Benís
Love live rice and gravy songs
Theyíre never gonna end

Add gravy... to your rice
Itís what dreams are made of
Thereís nothing you canít do
If you add gravy
This bowl of rice will taste brand new
The taste will inspire you
Letís hear it for rice, oh
Rice and gravy...

Rice is filling
Not some filler
Pour on the gravy for
More taste, if you spill it
Ainít no casualty
Just eat your meal casually
Then gradually become full
You can skip the apple, Eve

I bet youíve been wondering
If it matters what kind
Of gravy you add
To make the rice divine
Thatís the best thing about
Gravy and rice
There are endless combos
To get you through the night

You wanna go simple?
Add brown gravy to white
Itíll get the job done
Youíll be feeling all right
Wanna go global?
Make some Ha-yashi rice
They love it in Japan
It ainít a bad vice

But now itís time to
Graduate to the high life
Louisiana
Loves to add in a little spice
For the best rice and gravy
Go Cajun or Cre-ole
Big Easy donít play
Better slip you a Pepto

Add gravy... to your rice
Itís what dreams are made of
Thereís nothing you canít do
If you add gravy
This bowl of rice will taste brand new
The taste will inspire you
Letís hear it for rice, oh
Rice and gravy...

One spoon in the air for the best dish
Healthy carbs topped with
All that you could wish
No food in the world that can compete
Nothing else you wanna eat
Everybody say yeah... yeah...

Add gravy... to your rice
Itís what dreams are made of
Thereís nothing you canít do
If you add gravy
This bowl of rice will taste brand new
The taste will inspire you
Letís hear it for rice, oh
Rice and gravy...

Lyrics by P. Litty  •  Music by Jay-Z & Alicia Keys (2017)