Written by: Benny P
Action Bronson’s White Bronco tour touched down in Portland, Maine this past Friday, April 12th. Being a longtime fan of Bronson and a Portland resident myself, I knew this show was a must-attend. The only other time I’d seen Bronson perform, he body slammed an excited stage-rusher with a perfectly-executed leg sweep. Expectations were high to say the least.
The show began with Queens native Meyhem Lauren. Meyhem’s set was a thunderous kick through the door, setting the night off on the right foot. With Daringer (s/o Griselda) spinning on the 1s and 2s behind him, Meyhem tore the crowd up with his booming voice and charismatic stage presence. The man ducked backstage at one point, only to re-emerge with a bag of t-shirts and goodies, tossing them into the crowd with poised vigor. Meyhem’s style balanced modern New York flavor with the soul of classic boom bap, and he had the crowd eating out the palm of his hand by set’s end. I was especially pleased by the cuts he played off his 2017 collab album with the legendary DJ Muggs, Gems From the Equinox. Don’t sleep on that one.
Action Bronson truly is larger than life. Seeing his live show solidified in my mind why he and his team are one of the faces of the current New York rap scene. Make sure to peep the remaining spots on the White Bronco tour if he hits your city, and in the meantime, peep his new book Stoned Beyond Belief on shelves now. Time to find some Baklava….