Known just as well for his culinary show on Vice, Fuck, That’s Delicious, as he is for his music, Action Bronson blessed fans with obscure New York and food specific references at the Commodore Ballroom on a crisp Monday night earlier this week.
Hailing from Queens, New York, Bronson started his set with a performance of “Silverado” from his 2013 mixtape Blue Chips 2. Rapping over minimal instrumentals played by touring DJ, producer, and regular collaborator, Alchemist, it’s easy to see how influenced Bronson is by the golden era of East Coast rap.
Inspired by New York legends Nas, Kool G Rap, and the Wu-Tang Clan among others, Bronson’s flow is actually most often compared to Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killa.
Thoroughly enjoying themselves, fans erupted in chants of “Bronson! Bronson! Bronson! Bronson!” in between songs as clouds of herbal smoke drifted towards the ceiling. Halfway through the set Bronson asked the crowd to do their, “best Jamaican dance,” as he brought out his good friend and collaborator Meyhem Lauren to perform “Mr. 2 Face.”
While incorporating a tribute to New York heavyweight P.Diddy with an interlude featuring his infamous single “I Need A Girl (Part 2),” Bronson mostly rapped tracks from his last studio album Mr. Wonderful. Highlights being his performance of “Terry,” “Actin Crazy,” and a partially acapella version of “Baby Blue” layered over the instrumental to Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend.”
A pristine flow and pure East Coast vibes were some of the most memorable elements from the evening as Bronson closed his set with a killer performance of his lead single from Mr. Wonderful, “Easy Rider.” With a new album set to release sometime this year, Bronson fans have a lot to look forward to from this multitalented artist.
Action Bronson performed at the Commodore Ballroom on September 12.
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