Arian Asllani was born in 1983 in Flushing, New York to a Muslim father and a Jewish mother. After hosting his own online cooking show entitled “Action In The Kitchen”, Action Bronson broke his leg, and thus began his rap career, in which he saw rapping as merely a hobby.
In 2011, Action Bronson released his debut studio album entitled “Dr. Lecter”, which included a drawing of Dr. Lecter from “Silence Of The Lambs” on the album cover. The album became an underground sensation in New York City, and it included the track/music video entitled “Barry Horowitz”, which currently boasts of almost two million hits on YouTube. If you hear of someone say “Barry Horowitz flow”, it came from Action Bronson because former WWE/WWF wrestler Barry Horowitz always patted himself on the back(although he lost way more matches than he won). Here’s the video below!
The album also included the song “Chuck Person”, who was a solid NBA player that people called “The Rifleman” due to his ability to shoot 3-pointers. Critics began to suddenly notice Action Bronson’s lyrical flow, metaphors, and wordplay in his rapping.
Action Bronson would make the collaborative album with Statik Selektah entitled “Well-Done”. It was released via Switchblade Records and DCide Records. The album also features guest appearances by Lil’ Fame, AG da Coroner, Nina Sky, Meyhem Lauren, and Maffew Ragazino. The album features the song “Not Enough Words”, which boasts over three million hits on YouTube. It really shows a throwback raw beat with the lyrical wordplay of life in New York City. Check it out below!
In 2012, Action Bronson began to turn the corner in his career. The music industry saw the underground success of “Dr. Lecter” and “Well-Done” and Action Bronson capitalized on the success by signing a management deal with Goliath Artists, which included Eminem and Blink 182 under the Goliath Artists roster. Action Bronson would be a guest rapper on tracks by Domo Genesis and The Alchemist as well, and he would proceed to sign a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. In November 2012, Action Bronson and The Alchemist would release a collaborative mixtape entitled “Rare Chandeliers”. “Rare Chandeliers” would feature arguably one of the most creative music videos in Action Bronson’s career entitled “The Symbol”. The song features lush guitars(that almost sound jazz mixed with AM Radio soft rock sound), and Action Bronson would quickly become one of the most respected rappers in the game. Check out the video(that has over five million hits on YouTube) below!
In 2013, Action Bronson would perform at the world-famous Coachella Music Festival and also featured on XXL Magazine’s “The Freshman Class” issue that recognizes the top rap/hip-hop artists in the game. Action Bronson’s contract transferred over to Atlantic Records and he would release the EP “Saaab Stories”. Raekwon, Wiz Khalifa, and Prodigy would all be making guest appearances on the EP. The EP was only released as a digital download and it had the hit “Strictly 4 My Jeeps”. The song has almost ten million hits on YouTube. Check it out below!
In 2013, “Blue Chips 2” was released, it would become ranked as the “Number 2 Mixtape of 2013” by Rolling Stone Magazine, and it was hailed by critics everywhere and it received a 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nomination for “Best Mixtape”, and in 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Action Bronson was nominated for “Rookie of the Year”.
In 2014, Action Bronson would open for Eminem in Eminem’s Australian, South African, and New Zealand tour. He would also host his monthly web series entitled “Fuck, That’s Delicious”, which incorporates his hip-hop with his culinary skills. Action Bronson would also release his most commercially successful album entitled “Mr. Wonderful”, which includes the smash hit “Easy Rider”, which pays homage to Peter Fonda. The album would debut at No. 7 on the Billboard 2000 and also chart in five other countries.
Action Bronson would venture into creating his own comedy documentary and he hosts his own late-night variety/talk show entitled “The Untitled Action Bronson Show”. He was met with controversy and accused of being homophobic, misogynistic, and transphobic over his song “Consensual Rape”. Action Bronson condemned sexual assault and sexual violence in a statement. In 2017, he released the mixtape “Blue Chips 7000” which debuted at No. 53 on the Billboard 2000 charts and he would tour in support of the album.
On Saturday, January 20th, Action Bronson will be performing at The Webster in Hartford, Connecticut. For tickets and further information, click here!
Madness To Creation’s take: I particularly find Action Bronson an enjoyable listen. I definitely appreciate his wit, wordplay, and lyricism in his rhymes. I think there is a tongue-in-cheek approach to his rhymes and I think that he offers a unique look and skill set in the hip-hop game. For myself to enjoy hip-hop, the lyricism and the wordplay have to be a staple in it, because that showcases to me that there is some intelligence in the mix. Action Bronson definitely offers that. He has a bright future ahead of him, and for that, he gets a 7.5/10 stars from me!
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*Photo credit goes towards GQ Magazine