By: Blake Jarvis
It has undoubtedly been another incredible year for hip hop music, with many previously
rising underground stars beginning to reach the top of the charts, numerous collectives being
formed, and the releases of stellar album after album. Action Bronson, one of the most prolific
rappers in the game right now, has just dropped his third project in a year: Blue Chips 2.
Teaming up once again with producer Party Supplies, the two have learned from Action’s
previous efforts and come to realize his true strengths as an artist: lyrics about food and excess,
classic New York flows, and over-the-top instrumentals.
The most obvious aspect of Bronson’s music has been his personality, which while he
has taken pieces of his persona from other previous rappers like Rick Ross, he certainly delivers
his own spin. He’s half luxury-flaunting mob boss and half five star chef, due largely to his
background as a professional chef and food aficionado. Couple that with one hilarious punch-
line after another and you’ve got a recipe for some top quality raps. Lines from tracks like “Flip
Ya” (I’m crunching numbers just like a Rain Man, and got the grey lamb, interior was beige
sand), “It Concerns Me” (I marry ya niece, cash me out in Paris for fleece. Shoot the back of ya
knees, Gary Sinise), and “Amadu Diablo” (Clear the run-way 720’s on a one way. So much
drugs, what would a nun say? And its Sunday) There’s enough dishes mentioned on here to
cover a menu at a five-star restaurant. In addition some big names have lent a hand with features
from the likes of Ab-Soul and Mac Miller, who both deliver solid verses.
The instrumentals here stand out on their own merit as well. Samples ranging from a
Charlie Sheen quote involving crack rocks and a very timely snippet of Allen Iverson’s “We
Talkin’ about Practice” press conference give the album a playful mood. The instrumentals have
a strong G-Funk sound with bright, reverberating organs, grandiose brass sections, and a
surprisingly large amount of rhythmic guitar playing. There is definitely a strong amount of
variety in sounds on this album and no two tracks sound too similar to one another.
Clearly Action Bronson and Party Supplies have hit a comfortable stride on this album
and have gone even further in creating a few innovations. There are points on here where Action
raps only over a repeating guitar progression with zero percussion, and it’s a highlight on the
album where he lays down some of his strongest flows to date. The only downside of Bronson’s
career is that he vows to end rapping eventually in order to pursue his passion of cooking, but it
makes an even better reason to give him the proper attention he deserves now.
Overall Grade: 8.5/10