By Graeme Wiggins
September 12, 2016
VANCOUVER — Action Bronson is a busy man. Since his last album (2015’s Mr. Wonderful) he’s become a popular TV personality with two shows for VICE (Ancient Aliens With Action Bronson and Friends and Fuck, That’s Delicious). In a hip-hop scene that seems to rely on constant output from artists (how many mixtapes has Young Thug dropped this year? I lost count at four) Bronson’s musical output has been fairly limited, relying on name recognition from these other arenas to maintain his place in the zeitgeist.
This strategy has worked for Bronson; the smoke-filled Commodore was packed with a rowdy, energetic crowd who were clear fans of his music. While I expected his TV popularity would limit song recognition, this was not the case; the crowd rapped along loudly. The downside of this strategy was that his set at the Commodore remained relatively unchanged from his set (with even the same “Just a Friend” interpolation) on last year’s Mr. Wonderful tour, with the addition of two songs written for the shows in which he stars (a new single, Descendant of the Stars and one from Fuck That’s Delicious) and fewer tracks from his back catalogue.
His set was slightly less theatrical than his last, with minimal props and set pieces and a slightly more sloppy delivery but he still gave an energetic performance and even sang us a little Melissa Etheridge (brought up in context of one of his TV shows). With the mic drop that ended the encore, it became clear that even though he’s branching out in other artistic endeavours, his abilities have not dulled.Action Bronson, BC, British Columbia, Commodore Ballroom