When: Fri., Jan. 24, 7 p.m. 2014
While it’s true that Action Bronson sometimes sounds a little like Ghostface Killah, in most other ways he’s defined himself as a sui generis rap star in the nearly two years since his breakthrough mixtape, Blue Chips. One thing in particular that distinguishes him is how he spends his newfound money—while his contemporaries invest in custom chains and pet tigers, Bronsolino pursues a conception of luxury defined by fine dining, vintage European sedans, and increasingly exotic THC-delivery technology. Recently he and Blue Chips producer Party Supplies (whose Tough Love was 2013’s most tragically overlooked electro-pop record) reconvened for Blue Chips 2, which continues in the casual, supremely stoned vein of its predecessor: Bronson piles up dizzying, off-the-dome imagery, and Party Supplies makes beats out of left-field sample sources such as Tracy Chapman’s “Gimme One Reason” and the Champs’ “Tequila.” (And in what must have been a moment of phenomenal highness, they decided to include an audio rip of an entire Jason Sudeikis-voiced Applebee’s commercial.) It’s wild and messy and flips the entire idea of hip-hop cool on its head, but somehow it lands perfectly. —Miles Raymer Party Supplies opens.
Price: $23, $21 in advance