Summer is coming to an end, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is getting cooler. So what do you do on a Tuesday night? Cheap night at the cinema, specials at KFC, or rock out with Fuck That’s Delicious host and rapper, Action Bronson. I chose to see the controversial MC from Flushing, New York belt out some tracks from his Mr. Wonderful album.
I got to the venue about fifteen minutes before the scheduled show time, and to my surprise there was no line-up at the door. At L’Olympia they are famous for their rigid security, so no line-up had me worried. There were more scalpers than people looking to go into the venue. As I walked in I was told that the headliner might not be on stage till 10:30pm or 11pm. I immediately started thinking to myself, “This is going to be a long night.” I was firmly in the venue and there were a few people scattered all over, but not nearly as many people as there should be at this show.
Finally, after about 35 minutes of waiting, the first act, Queens rapper Meyhem Lauren started the show. He didn’t waste time getting the crowd warmed up. He has decent flow, and the crowd was digging it. I loved his crowd interaction; he asked the crowd if they have been watching Fuck That’s Delicious, and asked if anybody had weed! He pointed out that he doesn’t touch recreational drugs, but the crowd always loves it when he asks. His set was way too quick; I don’t think he was out there for more than twenty minutes. I would have loved to hear more.
So it was now almost 9pm, and I wondered how long we would wait until Bam Bam, Mr. Wonderful, the rapper chef would take make his presence felt. As we waited, the venue started filling up, fans started chanting his mane with impatience, and all I could think of was that they said 10:30 pm or 11:00 pm. Fuck. After more chants, finally a beer and a laptop were brought out to the DJ booth so there was hope. The crowd was getting more and more impatient, and kept demanding Action! To my shock the lights shut off at only 9:30pm, and just like that Action Bronson hit the stage like a charging rhino! He had come out to play and no water bottle would survive. If you have ever seen an Action Bronson show, you know this guy has a huge amount of energy and is always doing shit that makes you say, “Did I just fucking see that?” For example, last time at the Ottawa Bluesfest he took a golf cart into the crowd, and also decided to do some verses from a Porta-Potty. Epic shit! (Pun intended.) What was in store for us? You could tell that he was a bit off; he didn’t light up first thing. He was seemingly fighting with his voice as he sounded hoarse, but he still brought it, and we just couldn’t get enough of this man! He explained to us that he did about seventy dabs, so that could explain why he wasn’t partaking in the ritual of smoking a big fat blunt. The crowd was up in smoke and was trying to smoke him out with their wacky tabacky, with the rapper holding back during first few songs. He wasn’t having it. He just powered through his set with a vengeance. This guy is highly entertaining, and every fan of rap needs to see this man perform. Next time don’t be a chump and go to the show!
Written and Photographed by Eric Brisson Eric Brisson Photography
*edited by Kate Erickson