Why rappers love Grey Poupon

This is one of my favorite hip hop records. It’s Ghostface Killah’s Ironman released
in 1996. Listen to “Fish”, the 9th track on the
record My triple sevens broke the slot machines out
in Queens Grey Poupon is revlon rap, smack pawns, swing
like batons Yes, this archetypal Ghostface verse is cryptic,
stream-of-consciousness, and in your face. But…it also gave me a sense of de ja vu. That’s because 4 tracks before you’ll
hear this verse from Raekwon First of all before we move on, this shit
is like a Yukon, don Spread it out like Grey Poupon Wu-Tang must just love Grey Poupon, It makes
sense — they rap about food a lot. But as I was working on a video about Kanye
West, I heard him too rap this on his 2016 song “Facts” Yeezy yeezy this is pure luxury I give em
Grey Poupon on a DJ Mustard That’s fully 20 years later. I listen to hip hop all day long so I started
logging anytime I heard Grey Poupon referenced in rap lyrics. It turns out Grey Poupon is everywhere. Why is this little jar of fancy mustard so
ubiquitous in rap music? Well it starts here. The finer things in life. Happily some are affordable. Like Grey Poupon Dijon mustard. These ads started in 1981 and immediately
they were a hit. When the first ad was tested in Seattle, the
brand reportedly saw a 100% jump in sales. They tested it again in in New England and
the same jump in sales happened, proving it wasn’t a fluke. Previously, the brand had only ever used print
advertising, to appeal to an upper class audience. But mustard was the condiment of the 80s,
and Grey Poupon wanted a piece of the pie even at a higher price point. A jar of Grey Poupon was nearly double the
price of French’s or Guldens. So in 1981 this ad aired, telling consumers
across the US that Grey Poupon was gourmet AND affordable while the phrase Pardon me,
would you have any Grey Poupon? Inserted itself into the American lexicon. Over the next 10 years the campaign emphasized
the mustard’s affordability while traveling on trains, planes, and yachts. This brings us to the early 90s when Nabisco
wanted to change up the campaign. Usually you like the opp to create something
new. But it’s pretty memorable why change it? We should just figure out how to make it more
approachable. That’s Lee Garfinkle. He worked for the agency that made the ads. We came back with the idea of the guys poking
fun of each other. Is this about the mustard again? Yes. Would you have some? Oh since you’re offering yes I would. They added a squeeze bottle to emphasize that
Grey Poupon was a fancy mustard you could use every single day. Sales took off again. That same year Das EFX, the influential east
coast hip hop duo, began recording their debut album Dead Serious. Das EFX are the ones who crammed multiple
syllables in a bar by adding “igity” at the end of words. Wiggity-wait a minute, giggity-guess who,
well it’s, umm, me The bumble B boogity woogity book the loopy
Double O-K-iggity S When Dead Serious was released in 1992 it
went platinum and the single “They Want EFX” quickly reached the Top 10 on the Billboard
Charts. But it’s the song “East Coast” that
marked what is probably the first recorded Grey Poupon reference in Hip Hop history. He’s the Don, have you seen my grey poupon? Bust this, we roll more spliffs than Cheech
and Chong Within that same month Wayne’s World premiered. Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon? By the spring of 1992 this glass jar of bougie
white wine mustard spread itself across the pop culture landscape and started one of the
weirdest trends in hip hop. [Boots as waiter] Fuck naw I ain’t got no
Grey Poupon [Rich female guest] Well anyway, I said, ‘That’s
no burglar! That’s my butler.’ Mr. Rockefeller, let me in on the gossip
I heard you and Mr. Getty are getting into rap music or something] This chart shows the rise of Grey Poupon in
recorded music from 1992 to 2016 and it reveals something interesting about how words are
used in hip hop culture. This particular brand of Dijon mustard has
been like referenced a lot in rap music. I’ve used it a bunch. It comes up in freestyles all the time. That’s rapper Mike Eagle. I think in this particular case there’s a
couple of reasons for it. In one aspect I think it’s how convenient
of a rhyme it is. You have a word like poupon and it rhymes
with words like futon, neutron, and cupon. 26, and I done lived a lifetime a few times. From futons to Grey Poupons
In church tryna get a little savings; yeah, a coupon. I spit that A1 everyday I’m hitting new primes. Out of the 118 songs mentioning the mustard,
the most common rhyming word is coupon with 20. Followed by futon and crouton. I got the Grey Poupon, you been warned / Cause
all beef return well done filet mignon / The Don, smell of Dom on my breath as I
Yawn, (slow) Not only is Grey Poupon a good rhyming word. It also represents something. Hip Hop has always had this obsession with
status symbols. If you have money you have grey poupon you
don’t have french’s mustard. I think it’s just a very effective commercial
in that way. Most of the songs mentioning Grey Poupon over
the last 24 years have used it as a symbol of class. Half of them were used to brag and half were
used as a juxtaposition to how poor they were. But I want to be in that limo askin’ for the
Grey Poupon, for a change / I’m sick of saving change from a coupon Others have used the Dijon mustard to signifying
how exquisite their rapping skills are. Yeah, you’re like a half-off coupon
Me, I’m like a fresh jar of Grey Poupon Give me the mic quick, I need something to
poop on And the rest, well Grey Poupon sells sex. Get you in the mood throw them slow grooves
on / Spread you on a futon like Grey Poupon Have you been able to find a 2007 event that
made it spike? I think I did, Mike. By 2007 the commercials hadn’t been on the
air for a full decade. So why was it that from 2007 on there’s just
a huge jump in the number of references? Well, the majority of Grey Poupon songs in
2006-2007 were on albums that debuted at #1, had hit singles, and got a lot of radio airplay. For instance Jim Jones’ says Grey Poupon
in his hit song “We Fly High.” Talk a buck 80 If the bentley is the topic
(That grey poupon) But of course gotta fly …? (Where?) The track took off in late 2006 when the New
York Giants’ Michael Strahan started celebrating sacks to the song with a Jump Shot, a reference
to the song. By 2007 kids in dance clubs across the country
were jumpshotting everytime “Ballin” was sung. It was the 28th most popular song by the year’s
end. “2 Step” by Unk had an accompanying dance
called the “2 Step” and it features a Jim Jones verse that references Grey Poupon
again. I get bread like croutons (dough), I make
dough like crouissants (bread) I’m Grey Poupon (yep), Bentley shit baby (baby) The same year produced “Show it to me”
by T.I. with a Nelly verse. That album debuted at #1. Country niggas in the chevy passin’ Grey Poupon and “Boom” off of what is probably Lil
Wayne’s greatest mixtape, Da Drought 3. I got more clips then any movie you’ve saw
/ I pull up on ya like I need some Grey Poupon Did I mention “Southside” the Kanye West
Common collab? Look at that neutron on his green like croutons
People asking him, “do you have any grey poupon” It was nominated for a Grammy for best rap
album that year. From 2007 to 2016 TK% of the grey poupon songs
ranked on the billboard charts or were on albums that did. The commercial itself probably had little
to do with the recent rise of Grey Poupon in lyrics. It seems that the more Grey Poupon was in
people’s ears, the more it was rapped by other artists in subsequent years. Nothing proves this more than the song Straatmeermin
by the Dutch rap group, De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig. It’s entirely in Dutch except for this line. Money uit de let’s get it on
Geen pindakaas maar alleen Grey Poupon En dan nodigde ze me uit in haar con I reached out to Kraft Heinz, who now owns
the Grey Poupon brand to see if the Dijon mustard is even sold in the Netherlands. I got this. No Estelle. It’s not. Did you ever notice that a lot of rappers
use the word? Being the kinda rapper I am I’ve always paid
attention to words. When I looked at your list I was just dumbfounded
that it was used that many times. Looking at that list it almost has to be subconscious. I think if anybody was aware that it was used
that many times they wouldn’t still use it. Nothing is quite as ubiquitous as that.


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