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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week was a stacked one, and plenty of great videos didn’t make the cut for this list, including Thundercat’s existential samurai joke and Carly Rae Jepsen’s joyous travelogue. But I only want to talk about one of them, and that’s the Black Eyed Peas’ giddily sacrilegious retro-rap odyssey “Yesterday.” I have no idea what… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 24, 2015 - 4:53 pm

Ghostface Killah To Action Bronson: “Who Gives You The Right To Even Mention My Name?”

In an interview back in May, Ghostface Killah commented on the frequent comparisons that have arisen between his voice and Action Bronson’s. Then, he said that he also mistook Bronson’s voice for his own once, but didn’t seem to hold much ill will towards the rapper. His tune has changed recently, though, after Bronson appearedMore »

By: James Rettig / July 20, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Gangrene – “Driving Gloves” (Feat. Action Bronson) Video

Already this year, the Oh No/Alchemist rap duo Gangrene has pumped out a soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto V called Welcome To Los Santos. As if that wasn’t enough, the two California rapper-producers, who’ve named their collaboration after the decomposition of body tissue, are releasing their third LP, You Disgust Me, this August. (We previously… More »

By: Grace Birnstengel / July 17, 2015 - 12:50 pm

Stream The Alchemist Retarded Alligator Beats

California stoner-rap producer the Alchemist has released a mostly instrumental new album called Retarded Alligator Beats. Yes, it’s really called that. If the name doesn’t dissuade you from listening, it’s now streaming in full via Spotify. Over the course of 16 tracks, there’s a solitary guest on a single song — frequent Alchemist collaborator and… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 10, 2015 - 5:42 pm

The Alchemist – “Voodoo” (Feat. Action Bronson)

Always-busy stoner-rap producer the Alchemist is about to release a new mostly-instrumental album called — swear to God — Retarded Alligator Beats. The album only features one guest, and that guest is Alc’s frequent collaborator Action Bronson. On the single “Voodoo,” Bronson attacks Alc’s tumbling breakbeats and oblique string-stabs, talking about stashing the acid i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 10:53 am

Statik Selektah – “All You Need” (Feat. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul & Elle Varner)

The New York DJ and producer Statik Selektah has been working for years to revive the sound of mid-’90s boom-bap, so it’s fun to hear him get loose. Statik’s forthcoming album Lucky 7, which includes the Action Bronson/Joey Bada$$ collab “Beautiful Life,” also has a mellow, languid love song called “All I Need.” It’s got… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Southpaw Soundtrack Has New Songs From Eminem & Gwen Stefani, Action Broson & Joey Bada$$, & More

Eminem’s music is an integral part of the new boxing film Southpaw, first soundtracking the trailer and then sharing a full version of his new song “Phenomenal.” The film is about Billy “The Great” Hope, “the reigning light heavyweight boxing champion of the world,” and it stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker and 50… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 26, 2015 - 10:16 am

The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

The amount of great music in the past six months has been almost unfair. As in: How are we supposed to process all this? How can we fully appreciate one major piece of work when there’s always another one coming right around the corner. And when the huge, fully-formed masterpieces are dropping from the sky… More »

By: Stereogum / June 16, 2015 - 11:08 am

Statik Selektah – “Beautiful Life” (Feat. Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$)

Veteran DJ/producer Statik Selektah is gearing up for the release of his seventh studio album, appropriately entitled Lucky 7 and even more appropriately being released on 7/7. It’s got a pretty stacked cast of features, including Talib Kweli, Ab-Soul, Big K.R.I.T., and even comedian Hannibal Buress. First single “Beautiful Life” is a slick cut that… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 9, 2015 - 8:12 pm

NXNE Cancels Free, All-Ages Action Bronson Concert After Community Protest

Toronto’s North By Northeast (NXNE) music festival has cancelled a scheduled Action Bronson performance at Yonge-Dundas Square due to widespread community protest. Erica Shiner’s petition against the concert focused on Bronson’s song “Consensual Rape,” asserting that the Queens rapper “glorifies gang-raping and murdering women” and that allowing him to perform on public property would be… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 29, 2015 - 5:45 pm

Ghostface Killah Sometimes Mistakes Action Bronson’s Voice For His Own

Action Bronson sounds a lot like Ghostface Killah. The comparison used to come up in just about every Bronson review, in part because the resemblance is so strong that some listeners have occasionally confused the two NYC rappers. Turns out one of those confused parties is Ghostface himself. Pitchfork points to a Vlad TV interview… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 21, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Jonah Hill Interviews Action Bronson

The actor Jonah Hill is evidently a huge fan of Action Bronson, which makes as much sense as anything else, and he recently sat down to interview him for Interview magazine. A lot of the interview is Hill gushing to Bronson about how great is is and Bronson affirming that he’s trying to be a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 8, 2015 - 11:03 am

The 10 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Friday

There’s every other festival in America, and then there’s Coachella. Every year, it feels like it matters just a bit more than the others. It’s the oldest, dating back to the final moments of the ’90s, so its infrastructure is tight and its organizers know what they’re doing. It’s first, so all these bands are… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 11, 2015 - 1:04 pm

The Week In Pop: Roast Aside, Justin Bieber Might Secretly Be On The Right Track

The Roast Of Justin Bieber was tough to sit through — almost as tough as the transition from teen idol to grownup pop star Bieber is trying to pull off. For every Justin Timberlake there are many Jordan Knights, and Bieber risks becoming the next Aaron Carter if he can’t get back to making headline… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 2, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Watch Action Bronson & Chance The Rapper Deliver A Heartwarming Letterman Performance

Action Bronson and Chance The Rapper have done a couple of songs together, but rappers who do songs together don’t always like each other. But on Letterman last night, Bronson and Chance came through to do Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful single “Baby Blue,” and they seemed to really like each other. Their big hug at the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2015 - 8:53 am

The Week In Rap: Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, & Major-Label Rap’s Age Of Weirdness

Not that long ago, major recording companies employed whole offices full of people whose whole purpose was to shape and mold rappers, to turn them into hitmakers. Maybe those people still exist. Maybe they’re up late at night, trying to figure out how to make Kid Ink happen. But the big labels, for the most… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 25, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Watch Action Bronson Throw A Fan Offstage In NYC

Earlier this week, Action Bronson released his proper major-label debut Mr. Wonderful. And last night, he played a record-release show at the notoriously awful New York venue Terminal 5. As Bronson and Party Supplies were performing “Amadu Diablo,” their freestyle over Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason,” a bro got onstage. Bronson immediately grabbed him… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 25, 2015 - 9:04 am

Photos: SXSW 2015

SXSW 2015 has come and gone. As Scott noted over the weekend, it was an altogether less corporate, less celebrity-infused, less insane experience than in recent years, though of course it was still at least a little corporate and celebrity-infused and insane. (We never did make it to the McDonald’s showcase, damn.) As much a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 23, 2015 - 2:14 pm

Action Bronson – “Baby Blue” (Feat. Chance The Rapper) Video

Action Bronson released his stupidly fun major-label debut Mr. Wonderful today, and his video for the lilting Mark Ronson-produced Chance The Rapper collab “Baby Blue” is part of today’s YouTube Music Awards festivities. The concept behind this one is simple enough: Bronson plays every character that Eddie Murphy played in the 1988 cinematic classic ComingMore »

By: Tom Breihan / March 23, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Stream Action Bronson Mr. Wonderful

Action Bronson is coming off a jam-packed SXSW in support of his new album Mr. Wonderful. He took a busload of SXSW-addled journalists on a tour around Austin while playing the album and followed that up by serving the crowd poutine. But if you weren’t on that bus, you can now hear Mr. Wonderful i… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 23, 2015 - 12:15 pm
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