Queens-based rapper Action Bronson has revealed the album cover art for his upcoming major-label debut, Mr. Wonderful. The cover coincides with the rapper’s sense-of-humor and bizarre self-image, as it’s a cartoon rendering of the confidently overweight emcee doing a full split, while on top of an Oriental-esque shrine.
The 31-year old rapper (real name Arian Asllani) has had a very curious eye around him over the last few years since he really got his rap career going. Initially, listeners were quick to acknowledge that this white rapper from Flushing, Queens sounded remarkably similar to the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, but he has subsequently established his own style. While certainly not adverse to brining up typical gangsta rap topics (weed, women, wealth), Bronson found more character in how his lyrics often brought up food and cooking, which comes from his background as a gourmet chef. He also has been notably prolific in terms of releasing music, as Bronson has put out a steady stream of mix-tape and EP releases over the last four years, such as the Blue Chips series with producer Party Supplies, and the Saaab Stories EP.
In addition to the reveal of this album cover, Action Bronson made another publicity appearance today by appearing on a remix of Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”. The British DJ/Producer was a guest DJ on Hot 97 this morning, where he revealed the remix to his chart-topping single, and it did very well include a new verse from the emcee. If appearing on a re-modified version of a Bruno Mars-featured hit single isn’t a great way to boost your notoriety, than it’s unfathomable to think what is.
Mr. Wonderful is set to be released March 24th through Atlantic Records and Vice Records. It will have a number of different producers attached to it, such as Mark Ronson, The Alchemist, and Noah “40” Shebib, with confirmed guest rappers on the album including Chance the Rapper, Big Body Bess, Meyhem Lauren, and Chauncy Sherod. Two singles have been released, “Easy Rider” and “Acting Crazy.” Although it’s Action Bronson’s first release on a major label, it’s also his second proper studio album following 2011’s Dr. Lecter.