Last year’s Blue Chips – a full-length pairing with the expansive and well-curated soul sampling of Brooklyn producer Party Supplies – cemented Hip-Hop’s #1 foodie and all around entertaining oddball Action Bronson as one of the most colorful characters in rap.
At midnight, the New York collaborators released the follow-up to that project, and based on early listens, a couple of things seem pretty clear clear: 1.) Bronson sounds like he’s right in the middle of a Curren$y zone* – comfortably entrenched in his carefully carved out aesthetic, of little use for hooks, and hardly able to put a syllable wrong. 2.) Blue Chips 2 is the best rap sequel you’ll hear this week.
All the staples are here: the litany of fun food references (from fine dining to the common man’s breakfast staples); the jokester punchlines (“rare like a motherfuckin’ Asian playing hockey”), the nostalgic, slightly-off-kilter sports references (“It’s Me” swipes the voiceover from this unintentionally hilarious Phil Mickleson commercial). Then there’s what might be the mixtape’s centerpiece – “Contemporary Man” – a sonic buffet of ’80s Phil Collins samples that should make for a good game of Guess That Song.
Party Supplies outfits the whole thing with an almost ironic black tie sheen – Eastern flutes, squealing horns, fancy organ loops – worthy of an exaggeratedly large-scale ’90s blockbuster, which is just about befitting Bronson’s outlandishness.
Check out the trailer for Blue Chips 2, and stream/download the project below:
02. Introduction (feat. Big Body Bes)
03. Pepe Lopez
04. The Don’s Cheek
05. It Concerns Me
07. Travolta & Jackson (feat. Meyhem Lauren)
08. Through The Eyes Of A G (feat. Ab-Soul)
09. Contemporary Man
10. Twin Peugeots (feat. Big Body Bes & Mac Miller)
11. Man In The Mirror
12. Midgets Cough
13. It’s Me
14. Flip Ya (feat. Retchy P)
15. 9.24.13 (feat. Big Body Bes)
16. Rolling Thunder (feat. TBA)
17. Amadu Diablo
18. In The City (feat. Jeff Woods)
19. I Adore You
Previously: Action Bronson – “Practice”
* — I’m thinking in particular about Curren$y’s impressive and industrious run of mostly singularly-produced projects that stretched through parts of 2009-2011.