photos by Dylan Johnson
Action Bronson @ Irving Plaza - 1/10/14
His live-shows exist as stories of legend, with slug-lines that sound like Friends episodes: The one where he passed out weed in front of the cops; The one where he performed with a handicapped kid draped across his back; The one where he bodyslammed an eager fan; The one where Chandler crosses the line. They're all available on YouTube, where you sit at your computer and wish you were closer to the--cough--action. And that doesn't even count the unbelievably enjoyable video, last year, which could be called "The one where he surprises a British nursing home to the delight of everyone everywhere."NYC rapper Action Bronson leaves home for a tour starting this Friday (1/17), but before that he blessed his hometown with two sold-out Irving Plaza shows over the weekend (1/11 & 1/12). Both shows were opened by collaborator Party Supplies, who produced Bronson's newest mixtape, Blue Chips 2, and who also joined him on stage for a song. Pictures of the first night, which also saw appearances from Ab-Soul, Meyhem Lauren and others, are in this post, and night 2 pics are here. As the Complex review quoted above notes, the first night was also the first time Action Bronson's mom had ever seen him:
Touring off of Blue Chips 2--his latest adventure through drugs, samples and kitsch with Party Supplies--the setlist was in sequence. He doesn't play the old stuff: you want his old shit, see his old tours. And so it went: track 1, track 2, track 3, track 7 with Meyhem Lauren; 8, with Ab-Soul; Retchy P did his verse. Big Body Bes wasn't there, though people screamed his name often. The kid next to me kept complaining to his girlfriend throughout the show about how he didn't want Mac Miller to show up, to the point that it was quite clear: this kid loved Mac Miller. [Complex]
He took a moment to breathe, then said, "This is a big night. My mother, the woman who created me, is seeing me perform for the first time. The first time! I love you." Action blew her a kiss, his hand swinging at his face like a stick at a piñata. He continued: "If you didn't fuck my father, I wouldn't be here." (He'd later pop up next to her on the balcony, rapping "Flip out the roof, land in a split" and "Diana Ross, blow my nostrils with the tan cloth" with his mom swept under his wing. Her little hand sorta pinched his big wrist. She couldn't have looked more proud.)More pictures of night 1, a couple videos (including the "mom speech" and Ab-Soul's appearance) and the setlist, below...
Action Bronson - "It Concerns Me," "Practice" & "mom speech"
Action Bronson & Ab-Soul - "Through The Eyes of a G"
Action Bronson at Irving Plaza - 1/10/14 Setlist: (via Complex)
"The Don's Cheek"
"It Concerns Me"
"Jackson & Travolta" (with Meyhem Lauren)
"Through the Eyes of a G" (with Ab-Soul)
"Man & The Mirror"
"Flip Ya" (with Retchy P)
"Amadu Diallo" (with Party Supplies)
"In the City"
"I Adore You"
"Strictly 4 My Jeepz"