Craziest Rap Concert Demands

From condoms and KFC to Cuban cigars and Hennessy
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2009 11:30 AM CST
Rapper DMX performs at the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in New York, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

(Newser) – Drawing on the Smoking Gun’s collection of concert riders, Sam Greenspan of offers a list of the 11 craziest demands made by rappers:

  • DMX: Three boxes of condoms and a gallon of Hennessy—that’s anywhere from $300 to $800 worth of cognac.
  • Public Enemy: Kosher food—odd, because “Public Enemy is famously associated with anti-Semitism”—and a bucket of KFC.

  • Jay-Z: Must be picked up in a black Maybach 57 or 62, which is sort of like “He-Man demanding to be picked up by a giant, talking, green tiger.”
  • Bow Wow: Goes out of his way to forbid rotary phones. “They should also make sure to specify that he needs a car (no horse-and-buggy or steam locomotive).”
  • Queen Latifah: A 12-piece bucket of KFC—but, the rider notes, this “is not considered dinner.”
For the complete list, click the link at right.