Mr. Wonderful is shaping up to be a really solid project next month. The Alchemist lends Bam Bam a surprisingly smooth track that Bronson deftly laces with his usual brand of abstract picture-painting. Don’t try to over-think it or you’ll miss the feeling.
I don’t usually check for anything out of Hot 97, but Action Bronson completely went off on a freestyle for Funkmaster Flex. Check for the legendary Big Body Bes off to the side providing the ad libs. Mr. Wonderful should be out March 24th and knowing Bronson, you can expect a lot of hard work in the interim.
“Spent your advance on one trip to Six Flags with a handicapped class with your candy rap ass”
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib are continuing to collab since the warm reception from Pinata and giving us the Knicks Remix EP very soon, hopefully. Here’s the title track with a little help from some friends.
One of my favorite Action Bronson songs gets the Cookin’ Soul treatment with an added twist, incorporating a Herbie Hancock sample from Charles Bronson’s Death Wish flick.
Let me explain something to you about Black Thought…matter of fact, just press play and wait for verse three. Let’s just say there’s a reason no one ever challenges Thought and NO reason to not name him one of your favorite MCs if you really like MCing (other than the whole…you know, not really being a solo MC technically). What Goes Around drops 8/19 and the tracklist is heavy like truck jewels.
Anyone who’s been following me for a long time knows I’m particularly fond of Action Bronson’s early material, although his current work is nothing to sneeze at, to say the least. Here, Telemachus re-works his classic “Get Off My PP” record, originally found on Bronson’s essential Dr. Lecter LP (go cop that if you haven’t and you’re a fan of his). This remix appeaars on Telemachus’ Wordplay Sessions project.
Another track off of the mysterious The Good Book LP, The Alchemist and Budgie enlist verses from Bronsolino, Blue and Domo Genesis. Impressive joint.
I get what The Alchemist is trying to do by trying to build excitement around the purchased physical CD again, but I highly doubt making people wait for a physical disc to ship in 2014 and charging $38 for a double album and G-pen is going to make an impact. It will just make people not buy it. What if you don’t want the G-pen? What if you don’t want a physical disc? Ultimately, the product is the music itself and you’ve got to respect that user may not care for all the excess or to pay more for it than they did for a double album when Wu-Tang Clan or Biggie did it. Anyway, until The Good Book is available at a reasonable price (or for free) digitally, Ill just have to rock with this and the other single from it.
Before Action Bronson became the hipster-media darling he is today, Action Bronson was already releasing some of the best music of his career. Do yourself a favor and go check out some of his older albums and mixtapes. While the songs on last year’s Saaab Stories EP were very “now”, Bronson’s never been afraid to tap into some of that 90’s NY energy with great aplomb, coming up with gems more often than not. Once you get past the wild personality, rhyme skills, and image, you’ll find Bronson’s always had an ear for production, forming a strong bond with the producers he works with, which obviously builds the chemistry in-studio. Hopefully, more rappers learn from that blueprint.
- Get Off My P.P. :: Sampling Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night In Tunisia”, Tommy Mas gives Bronson an awesome track here. In return, Bronson encourages rappers to get off of other rapper’s johnsons and develop their own styles. If an album ever needed a now-that-I’m-famous re-release, it’s Dr. Lecter, the debut for the Queens MC.
- Typhoon Rap :: Bronson’s homie Meyhem Lauren wisely pulled Bronson into the rap game and onto this song, which is actually in Lauren’s catalog. This video is hilariously bad and I’m assuming it’s intentional.
- Barry Horowitz :: One thing that Bronson brings to the table in trademark fashion is obscure and seemingly arbitrary sports and wrestling references, not to mention sick wordplay and amusing videos.
- Not Enough Words :: On Well-Done, Bronson teamed up with DJ/producer Statik Selektah for a plethora of jams, including this one.
- Imported Goods :: This song is simply amazing to ride to when it’s nice out. This one came from Bronson’s 2011 mixtape Bon Appetit…Bitch.
“While everyone else in rap is trying to be Best Buy, you’re trying to be Crazy Eddie”
Hilarity ensues. Easily the funniest rapper out in addition to one of the best in general.