Action Bronson only operates on a super-sized scale — take, for example, his beard, or the female dancers in his new “Strictly 4 My Jeeps” video — so when it came time to line-up co-stars for the “Jeeps” remix, well, the Queens MC went big, scoring verses from a pair of local heroes: LL Cool J and Lloyd Banks.
“I mean, LL is a legend, Lloyd Banks is a legend; he’s one of my favorites. I was thinking of who to get on a Queens remix, and I felt that LL definitely needed to be on that — it’s his song, that’s an old EPMD/LL Cool J song called ‘Rampage,’ and he killed it,” Bronson told MTV News. “And Lloyd Banks … I had met him a while ago, in L.A., at Alchemist’s house, [and] he just killed it. I mean, it’s Queens.”
And for a kid who grew up in Flushing, worshipping LL and Banks, landing them on the “Jeeps” remix was a dream come true; and it also showed just how far he’s come in the industry in just three short years.
“It shows you kinda that you’re out here; LL’s not just doing songs with just anybody. He’s on ‘NCIS,’ for God’s sakes,” Bronson joked. “He’s a movie star also, it’s not like he’s just a normal guy. I was watching ‘Deliver Us From Eva’ and he’s in the movie. It’s a good feeling; to have people effing with the movement and effing with the music.”
Of course, Bronson’s not the only one who benefitted from “Jeeps” … the way he sees it, LL’s verse also helped him rehabilitate his image a bit after his ill-fated Brad Paisley collaboration, “Accidental Racist” left fans scratching their heads.
“After that little mishap he had with the “Accidental Racist,’ I think people in hip hop forgave him a little bit with the verse he laid down for me,” Bronson laughed. “So, it’s all good, you know?”