Action Bronson – Cocodrillo Turbo

A buffet of East Coast rap heights...

Acting in Scorsese movies, making travel documentary television for Viceland, being a gourmet chef, foodie and a well-known internet jokester, a recent best-selling author, a talented painter (take a look at his recent album artwork and decide for yourself), and of course – a famous rapper – if you look at it on paper, it can feel like Action Bronson might be the most interesting man in the world. Since 2020’s ‘Only for Dolphins’, he’s also gotten into dieting and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, lost 60 kg in the process and is soon publishing a motivational memoir called F*ck It, I'll Start Tomorrow for good measure.

With so much going on, it was surely possible that the music, the very art that gave the Queens do-it-all rapper his first real break, could have taken a backseat to everything else. Luckily, on ‘Cocodrillo Turbo’, Bronson’s seventh album, it doesn’t; in fact, the project is a veritable buffet of East Coast rap delights. The beats are delectable, mostly provided by The Alchemist (who is in prime form these days, maintaining a frighteningly prolific consistency) and the underrated New Yorker Daringer, verging on everything from creepy old film soundtracks (‘Turkish’) to heavy psych (‘Hound Dog’), cool jazz (‘Subzero’) country blues (‘Jaws’), classic soul (‘Ninety-One’) and hazy P-funk (‘Zambezi’).

The album, a tight-ten tracks, flows easily and seamlessly, with just enough oddball moments thrown in (the window breaking at the beginning of ‘Hound Dog’; the weird as hell animal squeals towards the end of ‘Jaguar’) to remember the quirky dude you’re listening to.

And as for Action Bronson himself, well, he can be hit or miss – with hilarious images like “Seven foot sicilians doing ecstasy / make them do the Pepper Seed” rapped in the same breath as clunkers like “I’m your b*tch’s first selection when it comes to penis.” But really, who’s counting? By the crooning sax solo at the end of 'Storm Of The Century', you’ll just want to go back for more.

8/10

Words: Louis Torracinta

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