Action Bronson feat. the Alchemist
By Zach Roubos, Contributor
“In only one year, considered as a veteran” goes the opening bars of “The Symbol,” the third track on Rare Chandeliers (released for free on November 15). It is perhaps the truest sentiment spoken on this project, considering Action Bronson has come into his own this year.
Bronson’s gone from being that dude who sounds like Ghostface to a truly unique emcee that has crafted a character that is part Mafioso, part action hero, part gourmet chef (which is actually true), and always hilarious. He is also often offensive, but usually entertaining as he goes from threatening to “stick knives where you poop” (on the title track) to claiming he made “eight hundred and seventy two million off molasses yesterday” (on “Bitch I Deserve You”).
Although the constant random references to obscure celebrities and rare food items that we’ve come to expect from Bronson are present, Rare Chandeliers is decidedly darker than his previous works. This is due in large part to the Alchemist’s production, which makes sure things stay grimy with crunchy guitars, brooding strings, and sharp horn stabs throughout. Bronson holds up his end of the bargain though, as he threatens you with grievous bodily harm on almost every track.
Like his previous work with other producers, Bronson’s flow stays on point no matter what beats are thrown at him, which is a skill that is becoming quite rare and deserves admiration.