Somewhere online, I read someone saying that they couldn’t get into Action Bronson because he sounded too much like Ghostface & only rapped about food. In some ways, the assessment is accurate since Bronson is a chef-turned-rapper and a portly fellow who obviously enjoys consuming the dishes he creates. The GFK thing is undeniable to a degree but no more than when I first listened to K.R.I.T. and all I could hear was Pimp C. At this stage in rap’s short existence, artists sharing vocal influences is unavoidable and anybody – Ghost included – who specializes in non sequiturs owes Kool Keith an acknowledgment and Bronson.
However, much like K.R.I.T., the Queens MC differentiates himself on repeat listens by adding his story to the music’s fabric. On “Never Enough Words,” his blitzkrieg delivery bounces off walls the way a hurried rat scampers through a maze, encapsulating the song’s title while the hymnal-styled production carries along the background. Also below, there’s footage of Action’s first performance in Chicago, where he does the track “The Come Up” at RubyHornet’s Digital Freshness. I guess his work is much like anything else – you either dig it or you don’t. All I hear is a guy with a tremendous upside, no pun.
Action & Statik Selektah’s Well Done will be released on November 22nd courtesy of DCide Records. Pre-order the album now on iTunes.
Action Bronson & Statik Selektah – “Never Enough Words”