Action Bronson

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Action Bronson
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Background information
Birth name Arian Asllani
Born (1983-12-02) December 2, 1983 (age 30)[1]
Flushing, Queens, New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, chef
Years active 2008–present
Labels Smart Crew, Fool's Gold, Vice, Atlantic
Associated acts Statik Selektah, The Alchemist, Party Supplies, Harry Fraud, Riff Raff, Big Body Bes

Arian Asllani[2] (born December 2, 1983), better known by his stage name Action Bronson, is an American rapper from Flushing, Queens, New York. He is signed to Vice Records and Atlantic Records. He has released various mixtapes such as the critically acclaimed Rare Chandeliers, with The Alchemist, before releasing his major-label debut, an EP titled Saaab Stories, with frequent collaborator Harry Fraud, in 2013. He is currently working on his major-label debut studio album.


Early life[edit]

Bronson's father is an Albanian immigrant and his mother is a Jewish New Yorker.[3][4][5][6][7] Before entering the rap scene, he was a respected gourmet chef in New York City; Bronson frequently raps about food in his songs. He hosted his own online cooking show entitled "Action in the Kitchen". He has gained fame for lyrically and stylistically resembling rapper Ghostface Killah (with whom he collaborated, along with friend and fellow rapper Termanology, on a song called "Meteor Hammer" from the 2011 compilation album Legendary Weapons). In an interview with HipHopDX, he was asked about how it was to sound like him, and he responded with,

"Yeah, I mean at the end of the day, it’s all good because Ghostface Killah is one of the best rappers alive, so if I sound similar to the best rapper alive then that is fine. To me there is no comparison; he is a legend and I am a newcomer. If I would try and emulate with anyone it would be Kool G Rap, he is the person I look up to the most. I am not upset but at the end of the day I am my own person and no one can take that away from me."[8]

His other influences include Cam'ron, Mobb Deep, UGK and Wu-Tang Clan.[9][10]

2011: Dr. Lecter & Well Done[edit]

He released his debut studio album Dr. Lecter in 2011, which is available in digital download and also in CD-R on his official website. Later that year, he followed it up with his sophomore effort, Well Done, a collaboration album with Statik Selektah.[11] On March 12, 2012, he released the mixtape "Blue Chips," with Party Supplies.[12] He was recently featured twice on Domo Genesis's & The Alchemist's debut collaboration album No Idols on tracks "Elimination Chamber (also featuring Earl Sweatshirt & Vince Staples) & "Daily News" (also featuring SpaceGhostPurrp & Earl).

2012-present: Signing to Warner Bros. & Saaab Stories[edit]

In 2012 Paul Rosenberg became Bronson's manager and signed him to his management firm Goliath Artists. Later that year Action Bronson joined both Warner Bros. Records, via media company VICE,[13] and concert booking agency NUE.[14] Later in the year he recorded and released Rare Chandeliers, a collaboration mixtape with producer The Alchemist.

In March 2013 Bronson performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival[15] and later that month was featured on XXL Magazine's 2013 Freshman Class, a list of up-and-coming rappers.[16] In May 2013 he was moved to Atlantic Records, who released the EP Saaab Stories on June 11, 2013.[17] The EP was produced entirely by Harry Fraud, and featured guest appearances from rappers Raekwon, Wiz Khalifa and Prodigy.[18] Released as a digital download only, the album was preceded by the single "Strictly 4 My Jeeps".[19] In July 2013 he indicated wanting to get Nas and Kool G Rap on his major label debut album.[20] Prior to that, he released Blue Chips 2 in promotion of the album on November 1, 2013.[21]

After that, his major label debut album will be released in early 2014.[22] On August 3, 2013, Riff Raff announced that he would be releasing a collaboration album with Action Bronson titled Galaxy Gladiators in 2014.[23] On November 1, 2013, he released Blue Chips 2, the second installment in the collaborative effort between him and Party Supplies.[24][25][26] On October 28, 2013, Funkmaster Flex announced he would be hosting an upcoming Action Bronson mixtape. Production was revealed to be coming from Erick Sermon, Mike Will Made It, DJ Mustard and Jahlil Beats.[21] In a November 2013 interview with Rolling Stone, Bronson stated that he would have Kool G Rap and Mobb Deep featured on his upcoming album.[27]

In February 2014, Bronson, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and 360 accompanied Eminem on a brief tour of Australia and New Zealand.[28]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Mr. Wonderful TBR TBR TBR
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Independent albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Dr. Lecter
(with Tommy Mas)
  • Released: March 15, 2011
  • Label: Fine Fabric Delegates
  • Format: CD, Digital download
(with Statik Selektah)
  • Released: November 22, 2011
  • Label: Switchblade, DCide Records
  • Format: Digital download
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of EP's, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Saaab Stories
(with Harry Fraud)
63 9 6
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.


List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
Bon Appetit ..... Bitch
  • Released: January 4, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
The Program EP
  • Released: April 3, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Blue Chips
(with Party Supplies )
  • Released: March 12, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Rare Chandeliers
(with The Alchemist)
  • Released: November 15, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Blue Chips 2
(with Party Supplies)
  • Released: November 1, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Rap
"Strictly 4 My Jeeps"[29] 2013 Saaab Stories
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Rap
"1 Train"
(ASAP Rocky featuring Kendrick Lamar, Joey Badass, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T.)
2013 103 31 25 LONG.LIVE.A$AP
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Glaciers" 2010 Meyhem Lauren, Shaz One Clarified Butter
"Fish" Meyhem Lauren, Science
"Steamed Broccoli" Meyhem Lauren, Shaz One, Fi-Lo
"Money Is Reality" Statik Selektah, Termanology The Evening News EP
"All I Think About" 2011 Apathy Honkey Kong
"Never A Dull Moment" Statik Selektah, Termanology, Bun B Population Control
"The Geniva Conference" Meyhem Lauren, Bags, Science, Animal, Jay Steele Self Induced Illness
"Meteor Hammer" Wu-Tang Clan, Termanology Legendary Weapons
"Jordan vs. Bird" Maffew Ragazino Rhyme Pays
"Roadhouse" Marq Spekt, Kno MacheteVision
"Choices" Asher Roth Pabst & Jazz
"Ivory Coast Crime Scene" The Kid Daytona The Interlude II
"Big, Bad & Dangerous" Smoke DZA Sweet Baby Kushed God
"Lose Control" Rite Hook Draw You In
"Yo What's Good New York" 2012 Heems Nehru Jackets
"Mazel Tov" N.O.R.E. Crack On Steroids
"Riggs & Murtaugh" Reks Straight, No Chaser
"The Main Event" J57, Meyhem Lauren, Maffew Ragazino, Rasheed Campbell, DJ Brace 2057 EP
"MARS" Large Professor, Cormega, Roc Marciano, Saigon Professor @ Large
"Decisions Over Veal Orloff" The Alchemist Russian Roulette
"Turnbuckle Music" Smoke DZA Rugby Thompson
"Up Top Game" Stu Cat, Phil Ade Beware Of The Cat
"Special Effects" Meyhem Lauren, Heems Respect The Fly Shit
"Pan Seared Tilapia" Meyhem Lauren, AG Da Coroner, Despot
"Peruvian Deserts" Meyhem Lauren, Roc Marciano
"Thousand Dollar Gym Shoes" Meyhem Lauren Mandatory Brunch Meetings
"Stewed Rabo" Meyhem Lauren, AG Da Coroner
"Mean"[33] French Montana Mac & Cheese 3
"1 Train"[34] 2013 ASAP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Badass, Danny Brown, Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T. Long. Live. ASAP
"It’s Raw"[35] Inspectah Deck, 7L & Esoteric Czarface
"Put It In Your Mouth" (Remix)[36] Hologram N/A
"Pro Create"[37] Jared Evan Boom Bap & Blues
"Marvelous"[38] Eddie B Horsepower
"Morey Boogie Boards"[39] Harry Fraud Adrift
"Live From Kissena Blvd"[40] Funkmaster Flex Who You Mad At? Me Or Yourself?
"The One"[41] Prodigy Albert Einstein
"NaNa" Chance the Rapper Acid Rap
"Get It In" Kyle Rapps SUB
"Icky Woods"[42] Alex Wiley N/A
"Beyond A Reasonable Doubt" Joey Badass XXL 2013's Freshmen Class: The Mixtape
"All Quotes" Maundz Zero
"The Spark"[43] Statik Selektah, Joey Badass, Mike Posner Extended Play
"Reloaded"[43] Statik Selektah, Pain In Da Ass, Big Body Bes, Termanology, Tony Touch
"Red Dot Music"[44] Mac Miller Watching Movies with the Sound Off
"Live Blasphemous" Joey Fatts Chipper Jones Vol. 2
"A Queen's Thing"[45] Tony Touch, Kool G Rap The Piece Maker 3: Return of the 50 MCs
"Camp Registration" The Alchemist, Step Brothers, Blu, Domo Genesis SSUR
"1010 Wins" The Alchemist, Domo Genesis, Meyhem Lauren, Roc Marciano, Despot
"Your Honor"[46] Fat Joe The Darkside Vol. 3
"Club Soda"[47] Flatbush Zombies BetterOffDEAD
"Traction" Boldy James My 1st Chemistry Set
"Mums In The Garage" 2014 Step Brothers (The Alchemist & Evidence) Lord Steppington
"Godfather Four" Curren$y The Drive-In Theatre
"Stigmata" 2014 Ab-Soul These Days...

Awards and nominations[edit]

BET Hip Hop Awards[edit]

The BET Hip Hop Awards were established in 2006 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate hip-hop performers, producers and music video directors.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2013 Action Bronson Rookie of the Year[48] Nominated


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