Grapevine's HipPop wants you to pop it and lock it (without dropping it, preferably), even if the full onset of summer weather is a bit late this year. The store on Main St. is in its third year of business, but the Rapper's Delights have been out in these streets since 2011 as husband-and-wife team Ben Bates and Rosy Gurung have pushed the brand in hand carts around the Dallas Farmers Market and hope to this summer add a truck to the mix. With any luck, the truck will play this song instead of Pop Goes the Weasel.
Most of the permanent pop flavors go by rap names like Tribe Called Zest (blueberry lemonade), Busta Lime (jalapeno cucumber lime) and MC Nana (mango, coconut and banana), but Bates and Gurung also work in rotations of experimental pops, shaved ice options and slush flavors that stick to government monikers. When I visited, they were featuring a really nice lemon ginger slush and a Cap'n Crunch pop whose flavor up front reminds you of one of those breakfast cereal bars with dried milk, but altogether cooler and sweeter, making it very much worth a try. There were close to 20 varieties of pops in the cooler and more than 20 shaved ice flavor options.
The business is about 40 percent pops ($3), 40 percent shaved ice and 20 percent slushes (both $3.50 - $6.50). The tastiest shaved ice option is definitely for you if you're down wit' OPP (blood orange, passion fruit and pomegranate). Bates knows that, especially in the family friendly climes of downtown Grapevine, staying away from some of rap's most common and controversial tropes is important.
"Yeah, there are probably a few songs on my iPod that I won't be playing in the store," Bates said as De La Soul's "Me, Myself, and I" whispered throughout the walk-up stall. "But it's fun. We both grew up listening to these classic hip hop tunes and we hope it helps us catch on and get that name recognition."
While Bates and Gurung have their kid friendly brand image to watch out for, we here at the Dallas Observer are under no such obligation. So, without further ado, we'd like to offer the following flavor recommendations, most of which would work in pop, shaved ice or slush form, to the iced-out entrepreneurs.
1. Bun Berry and Pimp Cherry are the UGK pop
Hol' up, I dun came down wit' da trunk-poppinest pop in the Dirty South. #RIPPimpC
2. Kiwi Limar (kiwi, lime)
This would go really well for dessert after a Beets Don't Kale My Vibe Salad.
3. Several grape options: Drake's Grape Sadness, Dr. Grape, The Grapes of Rap, or a Purple Drank Slush
Drake's Grape Sadness could be a grape/blueberry combo, just spit-balling here.
4. Gucci Mane's Lemonade
BURR! This summer, you can have all yellow errythang, too!
5. Fruit Doggy Punch
Because with so much drama in the LBC, it's kinda hard being Snoop D-O-Double-G.
6. The LL Cool J (lemon, lime and cucumber)
He's the man with the pops that can rock the crowd.
7. Apple-ka Bambana
The official pop treatof the Zulu Nation.
8. Nikki Minaj's Raspberry Truffle Butter
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9. Low-calorie option: Shout Out To All The Pear
Inspired by Rick Ross' recent weight loss, which he partially credited to eating pears.
10. Blue-Tang (blueberry, tangerine)
Blue-Tang is for the children. This one might actually taste good, too.
Could be taken in two possible directions: a simple vanilla cream pop, or the acronym could stand for something like Cherry Rules Everything Apple Mango.
Instituting any of these into HipPop's permanent bill would go a long way in helping the pop startup get da money, Dolla Dolla Bill, Y'all. The comment section is your official forum for additional rapsicle ideas.