Though the Action Bronson brand is largely culinary, there’s a heavy undercurrent of not giving a damn peppered throughout everything he does. It’s the reason he mentions crusty feet and dildos over doo-wop samples, and why even his botched verses made the final cut (“9-24-11” from Blue Chips is easily the best example). But that’s what makes Bronson one of hip hop’s most refreshing MCs: anything goes when he’s on the mic, and the results are always visceral. On Bronson’s gritty, Alchemist-produced mixtape, Rare Chandeliers (which premiered on Noisey today), the Queens rapper spits fervently over wistful soul loops and head-nodding boom-bap that, like any Bronson project, samples retired pro wrestlers and recalls sexual escapades. Stand-out tracks like the ominous “Blood of the Goat,” with its dark chimes and hard drums, evokes late-’90s New York rap, and “Sylvester Lundgren” carries a heavy Wu-Tang aesthetic, with its hypnotic guitar loop and canned percussion. But it’s probably “Mike Vick” that finds Bronson at his most direct, when he raps, “Chill, dogs, don’t wanna have to Michael Vick you/ Stash the work inside the asshole of a pit bull.” We have no idea what that means, but it’s enough to scare us.
Downoad Rare Chandeliers here.