Twinkies Will Live Forever, In Music

Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
Nov. 16 2012 6:06 PM

Requiems for a Twinkie: Pop’s Greatest Shout-Outs to Hostess Snacks

A twinkie wearing headphones
Goodnight, sweet snack.

Twinkie: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images. Headphones: Thinkstock. Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo.

The news that Hostess is going out of business has been met with sadness from nearly everyone who’s enjoyed a sugar-filled, individually-wrapped cupcake or the spongy cream-filled goodness of a Twinkie. In honor of the brand, which has been around since 1930, Brow Beat takes a look at the pop songs that have given shout-outs to our favorite Hostess snacks.

Twinkies especially are a favorite among rappers (the word is slang for 20-inch rims), along with Wonder bread (bread = money, of course, and Wonder often = Stevie). But hip-hop artist are hardly the only lyricists to name-drop the confections: James Taylor and Regina Spektor are also big fans. Some of our favorite Hostess allusions are below.

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Ding Dongs & Twinkies

Larry Groce, “Junk Food Junkie
“I'm afraid someday they'll find me / Just stretched out on my bed / With a handful of Pringles potato chips / And a Ding Dong by my head”
“Where nobody else can see / I open that door so slowly / Take a peek up north and south / Then I pull out a Hostess Twinkie / And I pop it in my mouth”

Twinkies

Juelz Santana, “Cashing Out
“But she a bad bitch, like Nicki / Keep two of those like Twinkies”

Damian Marley, “And Be Loved
“Well it’s no co-inky-dinky / Oh so much young gal come to lick me / Jenday ragamuffin feel a pound a stinky / Even one good spliff off a the sweet life Twinkie”

50 Cent, “Fat Bitch
“Them Twinkies got your ass gettin' fat fat”

The Pharcyde, “Somethin’ That Means Somethin’
“Time is just a faze and/ Life is just a riddle like / If you build a Twinkie there's / A man in the middle with a / Chick on the side that's along / For the fun so I see / Her as a stallion and I / Ride everyone”

The Notorious B.I.G., “The What
“[They] know they soft like a Twinkie filling / Playing the villain, prepare for this rap killing”

LL Cool J, “Cheesy Rat Blues
“That Twinkie looks good / So mister don't tempt me”

Jay Z feat. Big Boi, Killer Mike & Twista, “Poppin’ Tags
“What would you do if you was in my shoes? / Leave dudes in the rearview / V-12 engine, corners spinnin / Twinkies shinin’, pinky ring”

Trick Daddy ft. Big Boi & Cee-Lo, “In Da Wind
“Drop the top and let the sunshine in / With the wood grain, let the Twinkies spin”

The Clipse, “Hello New World
“Hello new world, here we come / On them Twinkie trains / With the hood screaming, ‘We're on our way’”

No Doubt, “A Little Something Refreshing
“Pies, chips, candy apples / Twinkies, frosted flakes / Donuts, french fries ...”

John Fogerty, “Nobody’s Here Anymore
“He got the latest software / He got the latest hardware too / He got the latest gizmo / Up in his room / He's feeling so connected / But he don't talk to a soul / He got a stash of Twinkies / Up in his room”

Dead Kennedys, “I Fought the Law
“Twinkies are the best friend I ever had”

Wonder Bread

The Tubes, “Wonderbread Bodies
“Wonder Bread / Wonder Bread bodies / Wonder Bread bodies / Got a Playboy brain”

Tyga, “Get Silly Freestyle
“Bread like wonder / Make her wonder why they flourish”

Fabolous,“Dope Bitch
“You know I'm getting bread / No wonder you walked up looking wonderful”

Punjabi MC featuring Jay-Z, “Beware of the Boys Remix
“All I do is get bread, / Yeah I take Wonder”

De La Soul, “Supa Emcees
“Emcees be kneading / Needing dough while I make bread like Wonder”

Nas, “America
“With a face like he wonder where I got my bread”

 Regina Spektor, “Samson
“Samson went back to bed / Not much hair left on his head / Ate a slice of wonder bread / And went right back to bed”

James Taylor, “Chili Dog
“Make my bed out of Wonder Bread / Spread some mustard upon my head / I don't want no onions or sauerkraut, Mamma / Hold on to the bun baby, work it on out.”

Hostess cupcakes

Big Daddy Kane, “Looks Like a Job For…”
“Cause I take the cake like Hostess / No, not the one you wanna play high post with”

The Donnas, “Skintight
“I saw you standin' by the Slurpee machine / White studded belt and skintight jeans / I tried to buy a hostess cupcake / baby you're so sweet I got a toothache”

E-40, “Spittin’
“I ain't no cupcake (I ain't no cupcake) / So don't call me hostess (hostess)”

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.

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