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Hannibal Buress eats a bunch of hot wings, reflects on his short-lived hip-hop career

It began as a joke, but comedian Hannibal Buress’ “Gibberish Rap” went on to become a hit single in Norway. In a new episode of web series Hot Ones, in which celebrities get interviewed while tasting a variety of intensely hot sauces, Buress takes a moment to reflect on his less-heralded follow-up: “Versace Breakfast,” which isn’t nearly as renowned as it should be.

“I don’t think a lot of people know about ‘Versace Breakfast’,” he says with a chuckle. “I made the ‘Gibberish Rap’ song and got really excited about it. A couple blogs picked it up. I was hyped, and I just told people send me a beat and I’ll do some features.” Here, Buress loses it, laughing at himself. “I’m gonna do a bunch of features, yo!”


The only one to take him up on it was Frederick Scott, who invited Buress to a Williamsburg studio to record lyrics like, “Scramble my eggs, Versace breakfast / Prada Lunch, I don’t eat brunch / Fuck mimosas, no limit soldiers / Duck hunt, fuck cunts, luck bunch.”

“And then nothing else after that,” he says “It just stopped.”

Listen to it below:

Just because he couldn’t cut it as a rapper, however, doesn’t mean he’s not a fixture in the hip-hop community. Throughout the interview, Buress tells stories of Danny Brown’s ill-fated trip to the Eric Andre Show and names T-Pain as one of the rappers he finds most hilarious. “When you pour your own drinks, that’s when trouble happens,” he says of a night at the strip club with the latter.


Buress caps off the episode, during which he teeters on the verge of unconsciousness after sampling the hottest sauces, with a freestyle about the Pepto Bismol he drank before the tasing and how he wishes “later someone else could take a shit for me.”

Watch the whole episode above.


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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.