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Action Bronson

  • American musician
  • Born December 2, 1983

Ariyan Arslani (born December 2, 1983), better known by the stage name Action Bronson, is an American rapper, reality television star, author, and talk show host. In August 2012, he signed to Warner Bros. Records, but was later moved to Atlantic Records' imprint, Vice Records. Arslani is best known for hosting his talk/variety show The Untitled Action Bronson Show, as well as his travel program Fuck, That's Delicious, on Viceland. His frequent collaborators Meyhem Lauren, The Alchemist, and formerly Big Body Bes are regulars on both of his television series.


I don't even remember the last time I bought an album, honestly.




Billy Joel is an incredible musician. He just feels like one of the guys, you know. I grew up listening to his music.




I don't wanna be preached to. Unless it's in a beautiful voice, I don't want that.




I pick and choose my battles, but I overthink everything because I have to think about everything.




I'm into heavy duty, psychedelic, foreign music. That's what I like listening to.




I'm an honorable human being. I know what to do and what not to do, and if I'm wrong, I always apologize. I'm a big enough man to do that.




I'm naturally a nice person. I'm not trying to have any problems with people. I'm done with the drama and trouble. I want a stress-free life.




My childhood was great, honestly. I have all these incredible memories of my childhood. I was an only child. I always had all my cousins around. I had my grandparents around. I had my parents around. I had my uncles around - whatever.




I get angry real quick, but I also cool down just as fast. Albanians don't want to deal with anything in the moment.




The restaurant business is something that you have to treat like a baby. You have to constantly be there. You can't trust it to anybody else, because no one's going to love it like you do.




I don't really do playlists. I don't know how to make a playlist, honestly.




I'm a championship handball player. I'm a championship softball and baseball player. I used to be an extremely talented center in high school in football. I also dabbled in lacrosse and soccer. I'm really good at billiards, darts, shuffleboard.




Everything is creative. It's all relative to me. No matter what, you've gotta use your imagination, use your senses.




I just do whatever I do, and put it out there without tryin' to cater to anybody. If you like it, you like it.




Albanians, we tan well! I don't burn; I bake.




I don't put people down. I build people up. That's how I always wanna be looked at.




I could never change the overall feel of my music. That's why people like me - I don't follow trends, and I don't follow crowds.




I come from a musical family as well as a culinary family.




You have to take control of your own life, your own destiny, and your own careers. You can't leave everything up to someone else, 'cause then you can look at them and blame them.




This is just rap. I'm not trying to make people think I'm some sort of scientific wizard or inspirational poet.




As far as rap, I was more of a Mobb Deep guy rather than a Tribe guy.




I guess I am a rapper. It's weird to be called that, or tell someone that's your profession.




Anything that catches my ear, I'm into. Things that are different, that change what you're listening to.




I get inspired in certain places. You have to write in places like Amsterdam or Paris or New Zealand, when you're standing on a yacht, looking out at the middle of the ocean.




I'm rap's vigilante. I'm out for justice.




I live in the moment, and I reflect later.




I have to be able to rap. I don't have the look. I don't have the typical slim-dude, fancy-clothes look. That's not me. I have to be able to rap - there is no other choice, or else I get eaten alive.




I got a lot of influence from my father, honestly. He'd take me in his car. I'd hear Carlos Santana. I'd hear Queen. I'd hear all these Turkish people, like, bands that he grew up listening to. He was in a band as well.




My main influence is Kool G Rap and Cam'ron, pretty much. If you were to mix those two people up, I wish that would be me... This is my voice. I sound like nobody; I sound like me.




My mother pretty much raised me to be a free spirit. Anything my father would say, she would tell me, 'No, it's like this.'




I'll always be into sports. Sports is part of my life forever. My TV stays on ESPN all day long, I'm one of those. I don't even listen to music in the car; all I listen to is sports talk.




I don't ever have the pressure of making a hit, because I've never had a hit song, per se. The closest thing to a hit song was 'Shiraz,' and it's not your prototypical hit song, with a catchy hook and all this other stuff.




Everyone is trying to make these huge songs; I just make things that I want to listen to. Music that I will be comfortable listening to 10 years from now, that's my only thing.




I'm not just a normal guy. I'm a gymnast.




I worked on the line, I've been an executive chef, I've worked for the Mets, I've worked for various steakhouses, vegetarian restaurants, a lot of Middle Eastern stuff. I've worked my fair share of a lot of different things. I've worked at festivals and street fairs, you know? I've been through it all.




No one raps about food like I do. I rap about fine dishes - like, all kinds of things that only real chefs and real foodies are going to know about.



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