7 July, 2013@2:26 pm
Over the past year or so, Action Bronson has emerged as one of the most unique characters in hip-hop music, with a level of strangeness to him that rivals that of Kool Keith, but with less flash. Action trades the capes and wigs for a more basic tank top, shorts, and viking beard ensemble, although sometimes can be caught in full Swedish chef regalia, as he doubles as a cook in his hometown of Flushing, Queens, by way of Albania. With Saaab Stories, he teams with longtime collaborator, Harry Fraud, for a tightly knit seven track EP.
So back to his weirdo shit, the tone is set from the jump, as hype man Big Body Bes opens the record with outlandish threats, such as “my whole life is a fuckin’ discography, B!…. Quadruple platinum!” and later “take you back to fifth grade, punch you in the face on picture day!” This clues the listener in that these dudes are bit off in the head; that, and the album cover which finds Action standing over a concerned prostitute, who’s about to take a drink from the toilet.
But this is what makes Action such an enjoyable emcee to listen to, as he constantly is spitting laugh out loud lines over Harry’s lush production. “Triple Backflip”, for instance, boasts “R-R-R-R-R-R-Rip your dick off!” and later, “Come, hold my dick while I take a piss”. This all before the hook, which suggests Bronson will “do a triple backflip into the red coupe.” A fantastic visual if there ever was one, and this EP is choc full of them.
Harry’s production ranges from super chilled beats like the aforementioned “Triple Backflip”, (not to mention “The Rockers” and the two-part “Alligator”), to rugged and raw 90′s throwback beats. “Strictly For My Jeeps”, an early 2013 Hot 97 radio smash channels EPMD and LL’s “Rampage”, while “No Time” sounds like something Large Professor might have cooked up for Nas back in the day. The crown jewel of the LP, however, is “Seven Series Triplets”, with Prodigy and Raekwon, which really doesn’t subscribe to either aesthetic.
In general, hip-hop EP releases are a gamble, with only a few coming to mind that really delivered on every track (Beatnuts’ Intoxicated Demons, Digital Underground This Is An EP Release). This concise 7 track project proves the consistency of both Action and Harry Fraud, who manage to show quality on all fronts, in a short amount of time.
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