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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
A good new rap record? Sure, why not? Actually, scratch that. For the most part, this a great effin’ record. Action Bronson marks the return of the highly-technically character rapper in the era of caricature performers who rhyme as an afterthought. He also envisions himself as some sort of modern-day viking, verbally raping and pillaging his way across New York. Pity those unfortunate wretches in his path. Tommy Mas provides some quality non-progressive loops and drums for the big guy to unleash speech over, and rest-assured that the Outdoorsman star recruit is only just getting started. Dead the Ghostface comparisons, Action delivers a variety of techniques that are far beyond the capacity of someone who only picked-up the pen a mere three years ago.
There’s a run of four tracks in a row which really show and prove Action at his finest, beginning with ‘Barry Horowitz’ and peaking with ‘Ronnie Coleman’, which is the greatest rhyme dedicated to eating disorders you’re ever going to hear: ‘Lock the refrigerator, there’s no controlling me/steak and chocolate got their motherfucking hold on me!’ This could provide the anthem for husky bastards everywhere in much the same way that Akinyele‘s ‘Exercise’ spoke to anti-athletes. The posse cuts and features vary in quality, but seemed to take away from the flow of things a little. Most of the guests do their thing, but at this point you just want to hear the next chapter from Bronson’s twisted psyche.
‘Shiraz’, the track that really got Bronson noticed last year, is here and still bangs just as effectively, as does ‘Get Off My P.P.’, while the supreme ‘Beautiful Music’ round off proceedings on just the right note. There’s something about the vocabulary spill on display on this album that keeps you coming back for another round – whether it’s the enthusiasm that’s brought to the booth or the fact that he doesn’t fall in to the trap of taking himself too seriously, Dr. Lecter proves to be one of 2011’s brightest spots thus far. Grab it from iTunes or get the CD through his site.
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