Action Bronson likes food. We know this because all reports of the Flushing, Queens, rap icon-in-the-making are seemingly mandated to point out that he’s something of the gourmand and, at one point, held down professional chef duties. (Hey, we did the whole food reference thing ourselves for Rare Chandeliers!) But Bronson’s also an exceedingly fine and entertaining rapper on his own merits. So with Blue Chips 2, cut in tandem with producer Party Supplies, dropping last week, here’s seven non-sustenance-related reasons to be cheerful for Bronsolino’s latest.
1. The Brilliance Of Big Body Bes
Bronson’s co-pilot in rap shenanigans cops liberal cameos throughout Blue Chips 2 with his now characteristic shit talking tirades, this time having just stepped out of the ’96 Lincoln town car. Think ad lib-era Puffy’s thuggish ruggish Eastern European cousin and you’re in the ballpark.
2. The Cruise Ship Bangers
Hey, it’s Bam Bam rhyming over “Tequila!” The perky “Pepe Lopez” and “It’s Me” sound like nothing more than what we’re gonna call cruise ship rap: Joyful, good-time vibes with Bam Bam telling all he’s “looking gorgeous in every portrait.” We’ll even forgive the mashed pronunciation of soccer player Zinedine Zidane’s name.
3. “Contemporary Man!”
Originally intended as something of a template for the first Blue Chips project, “Contemporary Man” is like a micro-mix of pop radio hits over which Bronson drops a barrage of inspired couplets. (Presumably its first outing was scuppered when that tape’s sponsor, Reebok, didn’t want to pay for Party Supplies to sample the entire ’80s.) Thankfully, the CVS banger-worthy track now holds an official place on Blue Chips 2.
4. The Continued Reinvention of Mac Miller
After the twee and roundly panned Blue Slide Park album, Mac Miller came back with this year’s Watching Movies With The Sound Off long-player. It was dope. Bronson also featured (on “Red Dot Music”) and here the boy Miller returns the favor by closing out “Twin Peugots” with a slurry, stream-of-consciousness style verse. More Bronson and Miller collabos, please.
5. The 2013 YouTube Kids
During the run up to the release of the inaugural Blue Chips album in 2012, Party Supplies told me he and Bronson created most of that project by dipping down YouTube wormholes until they found weird and quirky curios to sample. The project’s sequel gives off a similar vibe, as Party Supplies serves up productions that come across as kooky but funky and book-ends tracks with bizarre advertisements and public service announcements.
6. The Sheer Sense Of Fun
Bronson is a force of personality but his raps also bubble with the sense that he’s actually having fun with the music he’s making. Blue Chips 2 continues to bring the entertainment with him breaking out into giggles during the slinky “9.24.13.” It’s a vocal tick that might just put a smile on your own mug. And when he hollers, “Blue Chips 2, bitch, we so motherfuckin’ out there!” at the end of “Pepe Lopez,” it hits home like a shot of pure unbridled rap cheer.
7. Bronson Made It Rain
Blue Chips 2 was originally going to be released on the first day in November that it rained. That finicky plan was changed into a November 1st release date but, true to the cult of Bronsolino, the heavens opened that day and the rain did tinkle down. Well, at least for a brief moment. Hallelujah!