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Action Bronson Makes it Cool to Bump Classic Rock Again- “Mr. Wonderful” Album Review

large-2Remember when you were about five or six years old? You were in your parents car, probably the back seat, and a classic song by Boston, or some other band from that period, would come on the radio. I remember thinking, this shit is so cool. It was loud, raunchy and catchy all at the same time.  Action Bronson, whose favorite artist is Billie Joel, has made it cool to mesh classic rock samples with contemporary hip hop on his latest album Mr. Wonderful.

Action Bronson by Arman Dzidzovic/New York ObserverAction Bronson has been around for quite some time now. We’ve come to love his witty, joke filled rhyme scheme that really got noticed on Blue Chips 2. With his debut album Mr. Wonderful finally upon us, it was only right that we review it. Honestly, the album itself is a beautiful piece of work. The only gripe I have with it is that there were too many single put out before the initial release. The album is cohesive and flows like water. It is just too bad that the team behind Action let so many songs loose before the release date. Now, onto the music.

The album starts off with “Brand New Car,” featuring a Billy Joel sample, surprise surprise. Action sings to the best of his ability about his new car and jazz guitar and then spits two verses about everything from pornography to Snapple. “The Rising” is a typical Action song with the outro featuring none other than Big Body Bes, one of our favaorites. Body Language, Big Body’s album, is set to drop in June folks, enough said. maxresdefault

“Terry” and “Actin’ Crazy” are the songs you’ve already heard but both are amazing. “Falconry” featuring Meyhem Lauren and Big Body Bes is the one song that I one day hope to see live. It is as if Bronson and company just stepped out on to the pickup basketball court talking mad trash. Both verses are priceless and then Big Body caps the track off with a great finishing line that I won’t ruin (listen for yourself.)

This next section of the album is where things get different. “Thug Love Story 2017” is an interlude about some crack head experience that leads into a small trilogy of songs; “City Boy Blues,” “A Light In the Addict” and “Baby Blue.” The songs follow a character, presumably Bronson, after he loses his love and his world seems pretty grim.

“City Boy Blues” has Bronson singing the entire song in a grunge-style manner that is mixed so beautifully it actually makes him sound great. You already know what to expect from the Party Supplies assisted “A Light From The Addict,” track is pure gold. “Baby Blue” has Bronson singing again over some Mark Ronson production and a guest verse from Chance The Rapper.

fuck-thats-delicious-with-action-bronson-roasted-in-santa-monica-0Classic Rock comes back in full effect on “Only In America” and it feels like it could have easily been on the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack. “Galactic Love” is a slow jam fueled by a great bass line and accompanying drum beat. The Passage (Live From Prague)” is actually a live instrumental interlude into the epicness that is “Easy Rider.” The album ends there and leaves nothing to the listener’s imagination.

Action Bronson really does what he wants on his major label debut. It has everything from rap, classic rock, verses from Big Body, slow jams, ballads and more. Some complaints I’ve read were that there’s too many instrumentals and big spaces without rapping, THAT WAS THE PURPOSE!

This is a great album that makes you, want to turn the bass down to hear the guitar, something I have yet to experience on any other hip hop album. Easily Bronson’s best work to date. But next time, don’t release half the album beforehand.

Written by E.L.

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Action Bronson announces the “Mr. Wonderful World Tour”

action-bronson-tourAction Bronson will be hitting the road again very soon in support of his debut album Mr. Wonderful. The world tour is still adding dates but you can see most of them below. You can stream Action’s new album right here and be sure to check back when for info is known on the opening acts for the tour.

Tour Dates:

04/03 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater
04/04 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
04/06 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
04/07 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
04/09 – San Diego, CA @ The North Park Theatre
04/10 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/12 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
04/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater
04/17 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/20 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
04/21 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
04/22 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
04/24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Xtaza
04/27 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
04/29 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
05/01 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
05/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
05/04 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
05/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
05/08 – Miami, FL @ Grand Central
05/09 – Tampa, FL @ Big Guava Festival
05/12 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
05/13 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
05/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
05/21 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue
05/22 – Seattle, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
05/26 – Phoeniz, AZ @ Marquee
05/31 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
06/01 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
06/06 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
06/12 – Toronto, ON @ North by Northeast
07/17 – London, UK @ Victoria Park
07/31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
09/10 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
09/13 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
09/15 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
09/16 – Manchester, UK @ The Ritz
09/18 – Birmingham, UK @ The Institute
09/19 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy 1
09/21 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon
09/27 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
09/30 – Cophenagen, DK @ Amager Bio
10/03 – Sankt Hanshaugen, NO @ Rockefeller

Written by E.L.

Earl Sweatshirt & Action Bronson- “Warlord Leather” (Produced By The Alchemist)

Earl-Sweatshirt-and-Action-Bronson-560x560New music from Action Bronson and Earl Sweatshirt gets released because of The Alchemist. “Warlord Leather” is dubbed as a bonus track for both of these artists albums. Streams for Mr. Wonderful and I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside are available right now. Stream “Warlord Leather” below.

Written by E.L.

Action Bronson- “Mr. Wonderful” (Album Stream)

large-2Action’s album, despite leaks is out now and available for stream. This 13 track project has production and features including Chance The Rapper, Mark Ronson, 40, Party Supplies, Statik Selektah, and  The Alchemist. Listen to what Action calls his “life’s work” below.

Written by E.L.