Five Action Bronson Wrestling References Explained
Tonight one of New York's favorite new hometown heroes, Action Bronson, plays Brooklyn Bowl. While there's been much discussed in regard to his frequent references to food, be it invoking particular dishes as a metaphor, a by-product of his vivid storytelling or employed to advance a narrative, not many have tried to dissect his other favorite subject: professional wrestling. This could be due to wrestling (or, as the WWE would rather you call it, "sports-entertainment") usually holding a self-contained audience in pop culture and, as a result, its references in popular music often go over the heads of most listeners. For instance, how many of your friends can tell you what "Watching Grunge legdrop New Jack through a press table" in Weezer's "El Scorcho" actually means?
That in mind, to help listeners understand and appreciate certain Action Bronson lines they otherwise may not have caught, here's our five favorite Action Bronson wrestling references explained.
"Barry Horowitz" 2011
"It's Barry Horowitz rap/ I pat myself on the back"
One of the first Action Bronson songs to make significant waves was named after one of wrestling's most notorious losers, Barry Horowitz. For two decades, it was Horowitz's job as an "enhancement talent" to make new talent look good by losing to them in a fantastic fashion. By the mid-90s, Horowitz had developed a cult following among wrestling fans for his trademark mannerism of patting himself on the back. With his constant losses eventually painting Horowitz as a beloved underdog, Bronson recorded "Barry Horowitz," a song not-so-much a biography as it is Bronson channeling his self-congratulatory aspect, effectively spitting verses where he "pats himself on the back."
"Amuse Bouche" 2011
"I been fly since the Big Boss Man feud with the Mountie"
Off of his free EP The Program, Bronson's "Amuse Bouche" opens with a reference familiar to longtime wrestling fans. Bronson claims he's been fly since the Big Boss Man-Mountie feud, effectively pinpointing that Bronson first became "fly" in the summer of 1991 when the Boss Man (a wrestling corrections officer) faced evil Canadian nemesis The Mountie (a mountie) in a match where the loser had to spend a night in a New York prison. A memorable bout that took place two decades before the song's release, Bronson name-drops it to both establish how long he's been "fly" as well as touch upon a treasured memory many fans hold dear.