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'''Arian Arslani''' (born December 2, 1983), better known by his [[stage name]] '''Action Bronson''', is an [[United States|American]] [[Hip Hop music|hip hop]] [[recording artist]] from [[Flushing, Queens]], [[New York]]. In August 2012, he signed to [[Warner Bros. Records]], however was later moved to [[Atlantic Records]]' imprint, [[Vice Records]]. Bronson has released several [[mixtapes]], such as ''[[Rare Chandeliers]]'' (2012), with American hip hop producer [[The Alchemist (musician)|The Alchemist]] and ''[[Blue Chips 2]]'' (2013), with longtime producer [[Party Supplies]], before releasing his [[major record label|major-label]] debut, an extended play (EP) titled ''[[Saaab Stories]]'', with frequent collaborator [[Harry Fraud]], in 2013. He released his major-label debut album, ''[[Mr. Wonderful (Action Bronson album)|Mr. Wonderful]]'' on March 23, 2015.


==Biography==


=== 1983–2010: Early life and career beginnings ===

Action Bronson was born Arian Arslani on December 2, 1983.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.bet.com/music/photos/2012/11/10-things-you-should-know-about-action-bronson.html |title=10 Things You Should Know About Action Bronson &#124; Music |publisher=BET |date= |accessdate=September 13, 2013}}</ref>  Bronson's father is an [[Albania]]n immigrant and his mother is a [[American Jews|Jewish]] New Yorker.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://wegoinin.com/2011/11/03/action-bronson-continues-to-cook-up-that-hottness/ |title=Action Bronson Continues To Cook Up That Hottness |publisher=Wegoinin.com |date=November 3, 2011 |accessdate=January 19, 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|author=Simon Vozick-Levinson |url=http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/artist-to-watch-rapping-chef-action-bronson-cooks-up-rugged-rhymes-20110810 |title=Artist to Watch: Rapping Chef Action Bronson Cooks Up Rugged Rhymes |work=Rolling Stone |date=August 10, 2011 |accessdate=January 19, 2013}}</ref><ref name="bronsoninfo">{{cite web|url=http://social.entertainment.msn.com/music/blogs/groove-blogpost.aspx?post=f495b350-97a9-4538-80c1-03429e163e14 |title=Get To Know: Action Bronson |publisher=Social.entertainment.msn.com |date= |accessdate=August 17, 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|author=K1ng Eljay |url=http://allhiphop.com/2011/11/28/album-review-action-bronson-statik-selektahs-well-done/ |title=Album Review: Action Bronson & Statik Selektah’s "Well Done" |publisher=AllHipHop.com |date=November 28, 2011 |accessdate=January 19, 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://hipsterjew.com/2012/06/action-bronson-is-your-nsfw-jewish-nyc-rapper/ |title=Action Bronson is your NSFW Jewish NYC rapper |publisher=Hipster Jew |date=June 18, 2012 |accessdate=May 17, 2013}}</ref> Before embarking on a career as a [[rapping|rapper]], which was originally just a hobby for him, Bronson was a respected gourmet chef in [[New York City]]. He hosted his own online cooking show titled "Action in the Kitchen". After breaking his leg in the kitchen, Bronson concentrated solely on his music career.<ref>{{cite web|last1=Bronson|first1=Action|title=My Story by Action Bronson|url=http://www.xxlmag.com/2013-freshmen/action-bronson/|website=XXL Magazine|publisher=XXL Magazine|accessdate=February 22, 2015}}</ref>


=== 2011: ''Dr. Lecter'' and ''Well Done'' ===

[[File:Action bronson.jpg|thumb|right|Action Bronson in 2011]]

Action Bronson's debut studio album ''[[Dr. Lecter]]'', was independently released under Fine Fabric Delegates, on March 15, 2011. The album, [[hip hop production|produced]] entirely by [[New York City]]-based [[music producer]] Tommy Mas, was made available for [[music download|digital download]] and also in [[CD-R]], on his official website. In November of that year, Bronson followed up with ''[[Well-Done (album)|Well-Done]]'', a collaborative effort with American hip hop producer [[Statik Selektah]].<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8APYF0kkas#t=0m48s |title=Action Bronson & Statik Selektah - 'Not Enough Words' |publisher=YouTube |date=November 20, 2011 |accessdate=January 19, 2013}}</ref> On March 12, 2012, he released his second mixtape, titled ''[[Action Bronson#Mixtapes|Blue Chips]],'' with [[Party Supplies]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/16425-action-bronson-blue-chips/ |title=Action Bronson/Party Supplies-Blue Chips|publisher=Pitchfork |date=March 23, 2012 |accessdate=September 21, 2013}}</ref>


=== 2012–13: Major-label deal and ''Saaab Stories'' ===

In August 2012, it was announced [[Paul Rosenberg (music manager)|Paul Rosenberg]] signed Action Bronson to a management deal with [[Goliath Artists]], which also houses names such as [[Eminem]], [[The Alchemist (musician)|The Alchemist]], [[Blink-182]] and [[Danny Brown (rapper)|Danny Brown]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2012/08/action-bronson-signs-deal-with-vicewarner-bros-records/ |title=Action Bronson Signs Deal With VICE/Warner Bros. Records &#124; XXL |publisher=Xxlmag.com |date=August 13, 2012 |accessdate=January 19, 2013}}</ref> Also in August 2012, Bronson was featured on [[Odd Future]]-rapper [[Domo Genesis]] and American hip hop producer The Alchemist's collaborative album ''[[No Idols (Domo Genesis album)|No Idols]]'', on tracks "Elimination Chamber" (also featuring [[Earl Sweatshirt]] and [[Vince Staples]]) and "Daily News" (also featuring [[SpaceGhostPurrp]] and Earl Sweatshirt). Later that year Action Bronson joined both [[Warner Bros. Records]], via media company [[Vice Records|VICE]], and concert booking agency [[NUE Agency|NUE]].<ref>{{cite web|last=Hampp |first=Andrew |url=http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/backbeat/backbeat-of-monsters-and-men-jezabels-play-1007769552.story |title=Backbeat: Of Monsters and Men, Jezabels Play Billboard's Packed Post Party At Chicago's Double Door |publisher=Billboard.biz |date=August 7, 2012 |accessdate=January 19, 2013}}</ref> On November 15, 2012, Bronson released ''[[Rare Chandeliers]]'', a collaborative mixtape with The Alchemist.


In March 2013, Bronson performed at the [[Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.complex.com/music/2013/01/check-out-the-2013-coachella-lineup |title=Check Out the 2013 Coachella Lineup |publisher=Complex |date=January 25, 2013 |accessdate=May 17, 2013}}</ref> and later that month was featured on [[XXL Magazine]]'s 2013 Freshman Class, a list of up-and-coming rappers.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/03/xxl-freshman-class-2013-cover-revealed/2/ |title=XXL Freshman Class 2013 Cover Revealed - Page 2 of 2 - XXL |publisher=Xxlmag.com |date=March 27, 2013 |accessdate=May 17, 2013}}</ref> In May 2013, Action Bronson was moved to [[Atlantic Records]], and subsequently released an [[extended play]] (EP) titled ''[[Saaab Stories]]'', on June 11, 2013.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.xclusiveszone.net/2013/05/audio-action-bronson-the-alchemist-dj-whoo-kid-interview/ |title=Audio: Action Bronson & The Alchemist – DJ Whoo Kid Interview |publisher=Xclusives Zone |date=May 10, 2013 |accessdate=May 17, 2013}}</ref> The EP was produced entirely by American music producer [[Harry Fraud]] and features guest appearances from fellow American rappers [[Raekwon]], [[Wiz Khalifa]], and [[Prodigy (rapper)|Prodigy]].<ref>{{cite web|last=Ryon |first=Sean |url=http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.19441/title.action-bronson-harry-fraud-saaab-stories-tracklist-cover-art-release-date/ |title=Action Bronson & Harry Fraud "Saab Stories" Cover Art, Tracklist & Spotify Stream |publisher=HipHop DX |date=June 11, 2013 |accessdate=September 13, 2013}}</ref> Released as a [[Music download|digital download]] only, the EP was preceded by the single, "Strictly 4 My Jeeps".<ref>{{cite web|url=https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/strictly-4-my-jeeps-single/id644886540 |title=iTunes - Music - Strictly 4 My Jeeps - Single by Action Bronson |publisher=Itunes.apple.com |date= |accessdate=May 17, 2013}}</ref> In July 2013, he indicated wanting to get fellow [[Queens]]-bred rappers, [[Nas]] and [[Kool G Rap]], on his [[major record label|major-label]] debut album.<ref>{{cite web|last=Paine |first=Jake |url=http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.24613/title.action-bronson-hints-at-cooking-show-wants-to-reunite-nas-kool-g-rap |title=Action Bronson Hints At Cooking Show, Wants To Reunite Nas & Kool G Rap |publisher=HipHop DX |date=July 9, 2013 |accessdate=September 13, 2013}}</ref> Also in July, Bronson announced his major-label debut album would be released in early 2014.<ref>{{cite web|last=Paine |first=Jake |url=http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.24819/title.action-bronson-confirms-blue-chips-2-another-project-with-alchemist |title=Action Bronson Confirms "Blue Chips 2," Another Project With Alchemist |publisher=HipHop DX |date=July 27, 2013 |accessdate=September 13, 2013}}</ref>


On November 1, 2013, Bronson released ''[[Blue Chips 2]]'', the second installment in his ''Blue Chips'' series, in promotion of the album.<ref name="complex.com">{{cite web|url=http://www.complex.com/music/2013/10/action-bronson-practice-prod-party-supplies|title=Listen: Action Bronson "Practice" (Prod. Party Supplies)|author=Dharmic X|work=Complex|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/18727-action-bronson-blue-chips-2/ |title=Action Bronson/Party Supplies-Blue Chips 2 Review |publisher=Pitchfork |date=March 23, 2012 |accessdate=September 21, 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.stereogum.com/1554532/mixtape-of-the-week-action-bronson-party-supplies-blue-chips-2/news/ |title=mixtape-of-the-week-action-bronson-party-supplies-blue-chips-2 |publisher=Stereogum |date= |accessdate=October 7, 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://rapfix.mtv.com/2013/11/01/download-action-bronson-x-party-supplies-blue-chips-2-mixtape/ |title=download-action-bronson-x-party-supplies-blue-chips-2-mixtape |publisher=MTV |date= |accessdate=October 7, 2013}}</ref> 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]].<ref name="complex.com"/> 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.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/action-bronson-on-blue-chips-2-smoking-wax-and-his-perfect-woman-20131101|title=Action Bronson on 'Blue Chips 2,' Drugs and Women - Rolling Stone|work=Rolling Stone|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref>


=== 2014–present: ''Mr. Wonderful'' ===

In February 2014, Action Bronson, [[J. Cole]], [[Kendrick Lamar]] and 360, accompanied American hip hop superstar Eminem, on a brief tour of [[Australia]] and [[New Zealand]].<ref>http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/01/action-bronson-adds-shows-will-tour-with-eminem/</ref> On May 6, 2014, Action Bronson debuted a [[food]]-oriented [[web series]], titled ''Fuck, That's Delicious''. The show is a [[Vice Records|VICE]]-sponsored monthly web series that chronicles the food-obsessed rapper's exploration of all things culinary.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://pitchfork.com/news/55001-action-bronson-announces-fuck-thats-delicious-food-oriented-web-series/|title=Action Bronson|work=Pitchfork|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://pitchfork.com/news/55081-action-bronson-shares-first-episode-of-food-focused-web-series-fuck-thats-delicious/|title=Action Bronson|work=Pitchfork|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref> On May 16, 2014, Action Bronson announced the title of his major-label debut album, in a [[Twitter]] update, when he [[Tweet (Twitter)|tweeted]]: "MY ALBUM BEEN NAMED. THE ONLY THING TO DESCRIBE ME.. ''[[Mr. Wonderful (Action Bronson album)|MR. WONDERFUL]]''. THATS BEEN ME SINCE I STEPPED IN THIS BULLSHIT.."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.28789/title.action-bronson-announces-album-title |title=Action Bronson Announces Album Title |work=[[HipHopDX]] |publisher=Cheri Media Group |author=Tardio, Andres|date=May 16, 2014 |accessdate=January 16, 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/1826261/action-bronson-mr-wonderful-album-title/|title=Action Bronson Announces Album Title, Confirms He Is Not A 'Scientific Wizard Or Inspirational Poet'|work=MTV News|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref>


On August 5, 2014 Action Bronson released a song titled "Easy Rider", as the first [[Single (music)|single]] from his major-label debut album.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/easy-rider-single/id906228431 |title=iTunes - Music - Easy Rider - Single by Action Bronson |publisher=Itunes.apple.com |date=August 5, 2014 |accessdate=January 11, 2015}}</ref> The song was produced by Bronson's longtime producer [[Party Supplies]]. On August 20, 2014, the [[music video]] for "Easy Rider", was released. The video for "Easy Rider", which was directed by Tom Gould, pays homage to the [[Easy Rider|1969 Peter Fonda/Dennis Hopper film of the same name]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://pitchfork.com/news/56358-action-bronson-pays-homage-to-the-film-easy-rider-in-the-easy-rider-video/|title=Action Bronson|work=Pitchfork|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref> A few days after announcing the completion of the album, on November 28, 2014, Bronson revealed there would be a worldwide [[concert tour]] upon the album's release.<ref name="hhdx1">{{cite web|url=http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.31591/title.action-bronson-announces-mr-wonderful-album-ready-for-early-2015-release|title=Action Bronson Announces "Mr. Wonderful" Album Ready For Early 2015 Release|author=HipHopDX|date=December 1, 2014|work=HipHopDX|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref> On December 24, 2014, Bronson took to Twitter to reveal the album would feature [[guest appearance]]s from Meyhem Lauren, Big Body Bes, [[Party Supplies]], Chauncy Sherod and [[Chance the Rapper]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://twitter.com/ActionBronson/status/547815884149239808|title=MR. WONDERFUL on Twitter|work=Twitter|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref> Later that day, after exposing several fake track-lists, Bronson tweeted 13 song titles, unveiling the album's official track-listing.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/action-bronson-tweets-tracklist-for-mr-wonderful-update-features-added-news.13373.html|title=Action Bronson Tweets Tracklist For "Mr. Wonderful" [Update: Features Added]|author=Bruce Smith|work=HotNewHipHop|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref>


On January 7, 2015, Action Bronson revealed the album would be released on March 24.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://instagram.com/p/xkqhR2l9Tl/?modal=true|title=Instagram|work=Instagram|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref> The following day on January 8, after releasing a song from the album titled "Actin Crazy", Bronson posted which artists would be featured on what song.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://pitchfork.com/news/57636-action-bronson-details-new-album-mr-wonderful/|title=Action Bronson|work=Pitchfork|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://theurbandaily.com/2015/01/08/action-bronson-mr-wonderful-tracklist/|title=Action Bronson – ‘Mr. Wonderful’ (Tracklist)|work=The Urban Daily|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.spin.com/articles/action-bronson-mr-wonderful-tracklist-release-date-actin-crazy/|title=Action Bronson Reveals Details to New Album 'Mr. Wonderful,' Shares Single 'Actin Crazy'|work=SPIN|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref> On January 14, 2015, Bronson made an appearance on the New York City radio station [[WQHT|Hot 97]]'s [[Funkmaster Flex]] show, where he promoted ''Mr. Wonderful'' and performed a [[Freestyle rap|freestyle]], which prompted Flex to declare Bronson the "nicest in the game right now."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.complex.com/music/2015/01/action-bronson-funkmaster-flex-freestyle |title=Action Bronson Rapped His Funkmaster Flex Freestyle So Hard His Headphones Flew Off |work=Complex |publisher=[[Complex Media]] |author=Ortiz, Edwin|date=January 15, 2015 |accessdate=January 16, 2014}}</ref> After premiering the song on January 7, 2015, Bronson officially released "Actin Crazy", via digital distribution on January 20.<ref>https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/actin-crazy-single/id956333435</ref> He released the full album on March 23, 2015. <ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.32530/title.action-brosnon-mr-wonderful-release-date-cover-art-tracklist|title=Action Bronson "Mr. Wonderful" Release Date, Cover Art, Tracklist & Album Stream|author=HipHopDX|date=March 23, 2015|work=HipHopDX|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref>


== Musical style ==


=== Influences ===

Action Bronson cites fellow American rappers [[Kool G Rap]], [[Nas]], [[Cam'ron]], [[Mobb Deep]], [[UGK]] and [[Wu-Tang Clan]], as major influences.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.clashmusic.com/features/the-special-ingredient-action-bronson|title=The Special Ingredient: Action Bronson|work=Clash Magazine|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.17388/title.action-bronson-responds-to-comparisons-with-ghostface-killah-other-white-rappers|title=Action Bronson Responds To Comparisons With Ghostface Killah, Other White Rappers|author=HipHopDX|date=October 26, 2011|work=HipHopDX|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref>


=== Rapping technique ===

Bronson frequently raps about food in his songs.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://respect-mag.com/action-bronsons-25-most-luxurious-food-lines/|title=Action Bronson’s 25 Most Luxurious Food Lines|work=RESPECT.|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/pop-culture/article/action-bronson-food-references|title=All the Food References in Action Bronson's Mixtape, "Blue Chips 2"|work=Bon Appétit|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://firstwefeast.com/eat/action-bronson-blue-chips-2-food-references/|title=Every Food Reference on Action Bronson's Blue Chips 2|work=First We Feast|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref> Early in his career, Bronson gained recognition for lyrically and stylistically resembling fellow New York rapper [[Ghostface Killah]] of Wu-Tang Clan (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]], Bronson was asked about how it was to be compared to the Wu-Tang rapper, and he responded with, {{quote|"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."<ref name="dxnextaction">{{cite web|last=Tobias |first=Jonathan |url=http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/dxnext/id.204/title.dxnext-action-bronson |title=DXnext: Action Bronson &#124; Check Out New Hip Hop Artists & Upcoming Rappers |publisher=HipHop DX |date=May 26, 2011 |accessdate=August 17, 2011| archiveurl= http://web.archive.org/web/20110723025012/http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/dxnext/id.204/title.dxnext-action-bronson| archivedate= 23 July 2011 <!--DASHBot-->| deadurl= no}}</ref>}}


==Discography==

{{Main|Action Bronson discography}}

*''[[Dr. Lecter]]'' (2011)

*''[[Well-Done (album)|Well-Done]]'' (2011) <small>(with [[Statik Selektah]])</small>

*''[[Mr. Wonderful (Action Bronson album)|Mr. Wonderful]]'' (2015)


==Awards and nominations==


===[[BET Hip Hop Awards]]===

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

{| class="wikitable"

|-

!Year

!Nominated work

!Award

!Result

|-

|2013

|Action Bronson

|Rookie of the Year<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.bet.com/shows/hip-hop-awards/2013/nominees/who-new-rookie-of-the-year.html|title=Who New? Rookie of the Year|date=September 23, 2013|work=BET.com|accessdate=March 28, 2015}}</ref>

|{{nom}}

|-

|2014

| ''[[Blue Chips 2]]''

| Best Mixtape

|{{nom}}

|}