Here Are All 25 Food References on Action Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful


Action Bronson’s fans love him, no doubt, but will they love Mr. Wonderful? That was the question asked by Sowmya Krishnamurthy in last week’s music feature about the rapper, whose major-label debut is out today.

Bronson tells the Voice: “I don’t know. I’ve given a lot [of music] away. Let’s see if the business works for me.

“You want to do numbers. It’s a numbers game. Motherfuckers look like, ‘Oh, he sold this.’ I don’t wanna look like a schmuck on the first week.”

The story of Bronson, born Ariyan Arslani, and his move to music (a chef who broke his leg who made a go of rap while laid-up) is well-known, and Mr. Wonderful includes the usual sampling of food references, from the adventurous (biting eel by the dozen) to the everyday (a trip to IHOP).

Here’s a rundown. Let us know if we missed any.


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“Brand New Car”
I’m by the bar in the trench coat looking Swedish, stupid/The only one drinking mango lassi in the bullpen

Got upstairs and fixed eleven bowls of Crispix/Grabbed a Snapple out the bin, no one’s an even match for the kid

“The Rising” (feat. Big Body Bes)
Fly Mary in to sing to that cow before we slaughtered it/And then I ordered it

Shit, I’ve been good, though, I can’t complain/I could probably cop a half a plane/Drinking juice just like Jack LaLanne now

Life’s ironic and it’s simple/Smoke good, fuck, eat, drink

Bill Joel at the Garden/Should I get a skybox or an ’89 IROC?/It’s always poppin’ at the IHOP

Choke a pussy with this tie knot, it’s my block/Chuck Knoblauch/Spicy coconut curry from the Thai spot

Twisted off the Jenkem/Watching Iron Chef/The secret ingredient was lion’s neck

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“Actin’ Crazy”
Uh, all I do is eat oysters/And speak six languages in three voices

All my women play the flute/Saw me place a melon and prosciutt’

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“Falconry” (feat. Meyhem Lauren & Big Body Bes)
‘Cause I push you in the box with a pink suit/Fuck around and have some squid ink soup, bitch

Yo, the videos are like a Jewish summer camp promo/Your ideas lack adobo

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“A Light in the Addict” (feat. Party Supplies & Black Atlass)
Damn, these ladies love me out in London/Laurenivici served the granulated onion*

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“Baby Blue” (feat. Chance the Rapper)
I paid for the bed and never even slept in it/I paid for that crib I never stepped foot in/And now somebody else is eating all the pudding

Go on a date, I’m at the crib with the chef and uh, that’s me/And you could order whatever /The specialty is white snake and underwear sauce

Chance’s verse:
I hope you get a paper cut on your tongue/From a razor in a paper cup/I hope every soda you drink already shaken up

I hope your dreams dry like raisins in the baking sun

I hope you never get off Fridays/And you work at a Friday’s that’s always busy on Fridays

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“Galactic Love”
At the piano with a glass of pinot/All red silk like I’m Nino*

Told her to Google me, shit I might paint the Cougar green/All this lechuga in my jeans

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“Easy Rider”
I lean back with the Les Paul, shit I smoke is like cholesterol

Spilled dressing on the vest at the festival/The best of all, had a midget Puerto Rican at my beck and call

A little machine to make espresso/I heard your bitch still wears Ecko/Hide drugs behind the box of De Cecco

Bite the eel by the dozen (got to take for the team)/Bite the eel by the dozen

And lay John Coltrane play with that cocaine face/I know your crabs from that Old Bay taste



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