Sunday, March 29, 2015

FUNDAY MUSIC EDITION: Mr. Wonderful Has Arrived

Mr. Wonderful has touched down everyone, it is a joyous celebration.

One of the great things about Funday is that I can write about whatever the hell I want for the intro.  Like this week when I am dedicating it to the album release of my current favorite person.  The literal and figurative biggest rockstar on the earth.  The man who is a chef turned rapper turned rapper/chef.  Queens NY's finest, Tha Kid, Bronsalino, the man known best as Action Bronson.

But why?  Why does he get the Funday shine?  What makes this album release in a sea of other great albums warrant such attention?

Simply put, he is the best.

You can guess which one he is here.  You just know.
Bronson wants you to love him, and he is doing everything possible to make that happen.  He raps over mashups of Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins songs, he has lines like "Tailor me a leather suit, on some Jodeci shit, bi-coastal we both'll be rich," he drops LEGENDARY (actual) freestyles on Funk Flexhe has pals named Big Body Bes, and he even stars in a super successful food show called "Fuck That's Delicious"




He loves the attention. Bronson is a good-times rapper, an outsized character who depicts himself as an even more outsized character. He’s the sort of weird cartoon a major-label boardroom could never hope to invent: A tatted-up, massively-bearded Albanian-American dirtbag chef who’s built like a bowling ball and who has somehow managed to remove most of the Ghostface associations from his free-associative adenoidal flow.

There’s the simple matter of song construction, something that’s never much appealed to Bronson. Mixtapes were perfect for him; he could yammer on for a couple of minutes, often over an unlicensed and hugely recognizable loop, and then move onto the next topic. And on Mr. Wonderful, he more or less treats his major-label debut album like it’s a mixtape. The sonics are cleaner, certainly, and A-list producers like Mark Ronson and Noah “40” Shebib are on board. But Bronson is just as likely to go in for three minutes with no chorus, and just as likely to kick beautifully ridiculous bravado: “I’ll resurrect Freaky Tah to do my ad-libs / Overseas, I probably got mad kids.” He stops the Ronson-produced opening track “Brand New Car” short a couple of times when he loses his train of thought, and it’s just as calculated and contrived, in its way, as guitar feedback on a major-label rock album. But it’s a signal, too: Ronson is not going to clean up his act just because his checks have a logo on them now.

He's one of a kind, and we should all celebrate the man.  So let's do it!

MUSIC

Action Bronson

Where else to begin this celebration than with the man who is the most entertaining musician out right now.  Case in point: This music video is a recreation of one of the most classic movies ever: Coming to America (which if you haven't seen, you are a poor soul who should be pitied).  It stars Bronsalino's right hand man Big Body Bes, who if Bronson didn't exist would then be the most entertaining person out, period.  Watch it, and listen to the fucking jam that goes with it.






Migos

Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos, Migos!  Don't ever breakup please.  You guys are like The Shield of popular rap music.  This is perhaps the greatest compliment I could muster.






Lil Durk f/Jeremih

Two of Chicago's finest young talents team...






Jazz Cartier

This guy just got introduced at SXSW by Kardinal Offishall.  He is going places, and I am not just talking about around Toronto.






Major Lazer f/DJ Snake & MO

Swag.  Don't worry, I am bringing that word back.






Future 

Ladies and gentlemen, the hottest rap song in the world right now has a music video.  It's a fitting video for such a banger.  Enjoy your future song of the summer right now, before it is even warm.




Charli XCX

There is not one person in music right now who is more fun than this woman.






BONUS CLIP




(RIP TOP GEAR)


Yo, get the fuck outta here and go buy that album B!  See you next week.

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