Action Bronson 

Blue Chips 2

The most striking feature of Action Bronson’s new mixtape is its samples. Producer Party Supplies makes inventive use of found material, including but not limited to calypso and the novelty song “Tequila,” but I like Blue Chips 2 for the rapping. In particular, I like how it is clearly not Ghostface.

Like the Wu-Tang alumnus, Action Bronson is from Flushing, and his cadence and timbre are remarkably similar. His early career was dogged by what might charitably be called comparisons. On Blue Chips 2, however, he creates what Ghostface could only borrow from Tony Stark: an image system.

Tracks like “Practice” and “It’s Me” live fully in the surreal world of epicureanism, prostitution and gymnastic entrances that Bronson explored on Saaab Stories. He is not a story rapper. He is an impression rapper, as in the couplet “and when I play the guitar, I’m always on acid, uh / she said I looked like David Justice when she saw me floating in the Maxima.” Only Action Bronson could be so specific and so vague at the same time. He retains his resemblances to Ghostface and Kool G Rap, but clearly he has come into his own.

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