Action Bronson is 50 shades of fresh in all pursuits: rapper, chef, and comedian.
Bronson previously appeared in our Icon series because he has a great fashion sense. Through his “alphet” aesthetic, he shows that style and comfort can be friends. A staple outfit of Bronson’s consists of the freshest ASICS sneakers and Champs Sports sweatpants. However, Bronson isn’t only draped in tattoos and Carhartt tees: He also wears his heart on his sleeves. His influences are very apparent throughout his music. He loves girls, food, and has a knack for storytelling like another New York legend (*cough* Ghostface Killah *cough*), although he doesn’t like that comparison.
He is also obsessed with sports.
The title of his mixtape series, Blue Chips 1 and 2, is a reference to a basketball movie from the early 1990s called Blue Chips, which starred Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway. Bronson’s songs are not only filled with references to both famous and lesser-known athletes, but he also runs with a tight clique of sports nuts. DJ Statik Selektah, Bronson’s producer on Well Done, his 2011 album, is a basketball savant.
Action Bronson’s newest album — Mr. Wonderful — is out today, with features from Chance the Rapper, Meyhem Lauren, Big Body Bes, and production from Mark Ronson, Noah “40” Shebib, Party Supplies, and the Alchemist. Go out and cop the album today, but before you do here’s a look at how Action Bronson is the Master of the Obscure Sports Rap.
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