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Action Bronson, Blue Chips

Action Bronson has had a solid 12 months. Between his album Dr. Lecter and the critically acclaimed Well Done, which paired him with consistently on-par beatsmith Statik Selektah, Bronson has ascended into talks of one of the top-tier wordsmiths to pop up recently. 2012 looks to bring an even more packed schedule for Peter Luger, Jr., with projects on the horizon with Alchemist and others. Prior to the release of that, though, and just in time for March Madness, he treats heads to his first release of the year with his Blue Chips mixtape.

Blue Chips, borrowing its name to the Nick Nolte and Shaq film from 1994, is a tour de force for Bronsolinio, covering a plethora of subjects over beats provided by Party Supplies. Throughout the tape, it becomes apparent that the one goal of the release is to have fun. Through deft lyricism, and a laidback flow consistently drawing comparisons to Ghostface (albeit unsought), Bronson uses Chip to show an artist not afraid to let his personality shine through the tracks. Whether it with food references from the former chef, or professional wrestling soundbites on “Ron Simmons,” he stays true to self.

Production wise, there is a good deal of different, semi-recognizable samples throughout Blue Chips that work in unison. One strong example is the use of “Jackie Blue” by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils on the brief track “Dreamer.” Through a variety of different tempos, musical styles, and track arrangements, Party Supplies creates an entertaining and thought-out mix, allowing ample opportunity for the lyricism and song structure to vary.

Refreshingly, the guest list is kept in check and just a few aptly placed friends drop by to lend some support (Roc Marciano on “Pouches Of Tuna,” Mayhem Lauren on “Expensive Pens,” and Kool A.D. on “Arts & Leisure”). In turn, listeners get more Bronson for their buck—or free download.

With another strong release, Action Bronson picks up in the new year where he left off in 2011, as he’s on his way to stacking more than just blue chips. —Matt Wright

  • Technique

    I’m downloading this as I type this.

  • michael

    if he had a solid 12 months how is he not on the freshman list?

  • BK ALL DAY

    FRESHMAN LIST IS ASSSS WITHOUT BRONSON!!!!

    not one person on that list is a better rapper then he is.

    XXL KILLL YASELF!!!!!

  • Rap Fan

    Bronson definitely deserved a spot on the freshman list. I don’t know how they omitted him, tbh. Maybe he turned it down like some other artists.

    I’m not trying to hate on XXL. I like the stuff you do. I just think that was a poor omission.

  • areldub

    white rick ross…

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    FOLLOW ETG @ ****8TWITTER.COM/ETG2012***** LYRICISM AT ITS FINEST . ETG = HIP HOP . GONE

  • rawdogg

    his flow tru deft lyrism and laid back flow itz not holding back to show hiz style boom bat new york hardcore stay true to himself original n static with da prod. and da scratch he put it dawn… la puso en la china

  • Funk Volume 2012

    I sw all the freshmen live and most of them were comeplete sh*t. Hopsin MGK and Macklemore brought it.. the rest didn’t. (French was good too)

  • erikig

    I’m still listening to this. I think Bronson is way too underrated.

    • BeanTownReppin

      You know that isn’t Bronson right…it’s Term. Bronson is dope but Statik and esp Term don’t get close to the shine they deserve