Here Are All 25 Food References on Action Bronson's Mr. Wonderful

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Action Bronson in the video for "Baby Blue," which pays tribute to comedy classic Coming to America.
Action Bronson's fans love him, no doubt, but will they love Mr. Wonderful? That was the question asked by Sowmya Krishnamurthy in last week's music feature about the rapper, whose major-label debut is out today.

Bronson tells the Voice: "I don't know. I've given a lot [of music] away. Let's see if the business works for me.

"You want to do numbers. It's a numbers game. Motherfuckers look like, 'Oh, he sold this.' I don't wanna look like a schmuck on the first week."

The story of Bronson, born Ariyan Arslani, and his move to music (a chef who broke his leg who made a go of rap while laid-up) is well-known, and Mr. Wonderful includes the usual sampling of food references, from the adventurous (biting eel by the dozen) to the everyday (a trip to IHOP).

Here's a rundown. Let us know if we missed any.

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Action Bronson on Going Major: 'I Don't Wanna Look Like a Schmuck in the First Week'

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Photo: Tom Gould
Action Bronson
"What happens if the plane falls or the fucking window busts open and I get sucked out? You don't think about that?"

Action Bronson is gazing at me intently, his piercing blue eyes slightly crinkled thanks to the weed he's smoking, and I have no clue if he's fucking with me or not. With Action Bronson, it's hard to tell. The 31-year-old rapper, born Ariyan Arslani, is a comedian on and off wax. I'm not sure if I'm awaiting a punchline or an existential a-ha! moment.

I meet Action at the offices of Shady Records/Goliath Artists on Lafayette Street. Between Soho and Chinatown, the company owned by Eminem and Paul Rosenberg is situated opportunely between overpriced cold-pressed coffee at La Colombe and a fine plate of $6 Singapore mei fun. It's a small, nondescript building and I'm led to a spacious lounge where Action is fidgeting at the bar. Close friend and collaborator Big Body Bes leans against a wall, while manager Pedro "DRO" Genao breezes in and out of the room. An espresso machine catches my eye, but neither Action nor I know how it works.

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Seven Great Things About Action Bronson's Blue Chips 2 That Do Not Involve Food

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Blue Chips 2

Action Bronson likes food. We know this because all reports of the Flushing, Queens, rap icon-in-the-making are seemingly mandated to point out that he's something of the gourmand and, at one point, held down professional chef duties. (Hey, we did the whole food reference thing ourselves for Rare Chandeliers!) But Bronson's also an exceedingly fine and entertaining rapper on his own merits. So with Blue Chips 2, cut in tandem with producer Party Supplies, dropping last week, here's seven non-sustenance-related reasons to be cheerful for Bronsolino's latest.

See also: Every Food Reference on Action Bronson's New Album Rare Chandeliers


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AG the Coroner: Inspired by Biggie, Cosigned by Action Bronson, Signed by Roc Marciano

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AG The Coroner
"I had a friend who just so happened to be working in the freezer when I got here and he was able to cut some corners for me," says AG the Coroner, the Brooklyn-based rapper, about what until recently was his day job in the dead body storage department of a hospital. These days, AG has been moved to a more spritely part of the hospital while also seeing his rap career begin to flourish after signing to Man Bites Dog records at the suggestion of the label's head of A&R, Roc Marciano. As he readies up his full-length solo debut, Sip the Nectar, we checked in with AG to talk about his East New York come up, chopping it up with Biggie outside of Hot97, and how he rolls tight with Action Bronson.

See also: Every Food Reference on Action Bronson's New Album Rare Chandeliers

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Action Bronson on Saaab Stories' Controversial Artwork, Havoc's Twitter Fiasco

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Brook Bobbins
Action Bronson is riding high. His new EP Saaab Stories, helmed by longtime producer Harry Fraud, debuted at #63 on the Billboard 200 (largely off the strength of the duo's own grassroots promo). Featuring the likes of Raekwon, Prodigy and the return of the trash-talking Big Body Bes, Saaab Stories is a rap fan's rap album. The Queens native and gourmand spoke to us, while appropriately noshing on Thai food in Williamsburg, about what he's been up to and what we can expect from his sold-out show at Santos Party House tonight.

See also: We Made A Five-Course Meal Out of Action Bronson Raps

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Five NYC Rappers Who Deserve To Be In XXL's 2013 Freshman Class Issue

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The newly-minted Vinny Cha$e

XXL magazine revealed their annual freshmen list today. Among the10 picks for future rap fame (plus a boxed-out bonus picture of Chief Keef's head), New York City is represented by the monolithic Action Bronson, Pro Era leader Joey Bada$$ and Angel Haze. In the interest of municipal pride then, here's five hometown rap chaps that we'd happily see replacing some of the more quizzical picks on the cover.

See also: The Ten Best New York City Rap Albums of 2012

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When Not Making Rap Hits, Harry Fraud Surfs With Manatees and Rocks Out to Sublime

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Harry Fraud
Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.

Hit man Harry Fraud dropped his new Adrift project today, which the hip-hop producer has teased on Twitter to be a mix of "stuff you may have heard and stuff you may have missed as well as a few others things I been holding on to." Adrift will be followed by a soon-coming EP with Brooklyn spitter Eddie B, and then a further collaboration with his blunt brother Action Bronson. Taking a minute out from his hectic production schedule, we hit up Harry and asked him to explain away his timeline references to Sublime albums, Danny Brown's rapped reaction to MTV's hottest MC list, and downtime spent surfing with manatees.

See also:Harry Fraud's Top Five Producers This Year: "Alchemist, Alchemist, Alchemist, Alchemist, and Alchemist"

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We Made A Five-Course Meal Out of Action Bronson Raps

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Flushing's own Action Bronson raps a lot about food. You know this already. We attempted to make a meal out of his words. Five courses in all. We're still full.

See Also:
-Rapper Action Bronson Makes Us Want to Eat His Words
-Every Food Reference on Action Bronson's New Album Rare Chandeliers
-Five Action Bronson Wrestling References Explained

So we asked ourselves: can you make an five-course gourmet meal using only foodstuffs rapped about by Bronson? The answer is: yes. And it involves so much butter, oil and animal fat, it would probably kill men from lesser cities. But this is New York (unofficial food slogan: "sack up and eat"). Let's get to work.

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Action Bronson on Mac Miller, Oxtail, and Why You Won't Ever See Him Wearing A Skirt

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Unquestionably New York's biggest do-no-wrong rap story of 2012 was Bronsalino, the Albanian Queens-native chef in which rap fans witnessed the face (well, cadence) of the blessed Tony Starks. Lobbing the early career peak Blue Chips onto the web for free and following it up with Rare Chandeliers for good measure, Action Bronson signed to VICE Records and made countless critics' lists by the end of the year flowing unpretentiously on typical rap fare (girls, chronic, hookers,) and his own patents (food, obscure athletes, food). We caught up with him backstage at Philly's Blockley Pourhouse to learn about oxtail, weed and uh, Mac Miller.

See also:
- Action Bronson's Best Tweets
- Five Action Bronson Wrestling References Explained

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Five Action Bronson Wrestling References Explained

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Action Bronson
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.

See Also:
- Every Food Reference on Action Bronson's New Album Rare Chandeliers
- Action Bronson's Best Tweets

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