Action Bronson: Tiny Desk Concert

Action Bronson: Tiny Desk Concert

Bobby Carter | August 8, 2023
There are times during Action Bronson’s Tiny Desk when his vocals momentarily drift. We instruct our guests to face the directional microphones so that our recorders clearly pick up the voices. Action warned us of the improbability of that happening before we started filming and sure enough, the Flushing, Queens emcee strolled off mic a couple of times, did an about face here and there and even took a knee mid-show. By the time we got to “Latin Grammys,” he looked over to our engineer Josh Rogosin and said, “I told you I couldn’t stand still. How do you play music still?” He’s got a point.

Action’s band Human Growth Hormone reinterprets his records so funky, it’s nearly impossible not to move, yet the small imperfections during the set tickled me. Bam Bam, primarily known as a rapper, has turned his passion for food, clothing, sneakers, wrestling, writing, fitness and painting into bonafide professions. Never veering too far away from the booth, he’s consistently dropped projects since 2011. After working out in the green room, Mr. Baklava walked to the Desk, greeting nearly every person in the room with a handshake, and proceeded to perform highlights from Mr. Wonderful, Lamb Over Rice, White Bronco, and Only For Dolphins. Bronson was born to entertain us.

“Live from the Moon”
“Latin Grammys”
“Baby Blue”

Action Bronson: vocals, effects
Matt “Yung Mehico” Carrillo: keys, saxophone
Nicholas Coleman: bass
Wahkiba “9Ether” Julion: drums
Red Walrus: percussion
Julian Love: guitar

Producer: Bobby Carter
Director/Editor: Maia Stern
Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
Creative Director: Bob Boilen
Videographers: Maia Stern, Joshua Bryant, Kara Frame, Alanté Serene
Audio Assistant: Josephine Nyounai
Production Assistant: Ashley Pointer
Photographer: Catie Dull
Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Hazel Cills
VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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28 Responses

  1. FRED LEO says:

    And enormous respect to Matt “Yung Mehico” Carrillo for the outstanding saxophone performance.

  2. Peter Kimani says:

    I couldn’t stop smiling throughout the entire set, this was amazing

  3. Mickie Mallorie says:

    These verses hit different with this slower delivery…more time to let them breathe and connect. These instrumentals really elevate the material. I hope this is turning some young hip hop fans into jazz fans, and some old jazz fans into hip hop.

  4. JamesEarlPhones says:

    I’m such a fan of action bro, admittedly I don’t listen to his music as much but he is such a professional in everything he freaking does! Cooking? He can make Michelin star quality food, he can write music that’ll make the greats make a stank face, he can host a tv show like he was born for it, everything this man touches he turns into success, I hope I can shake his hand one day

  5. Saul Kelly says:

    Action had the best time out of everyone. It is inspiring to see how much he enjoys life and the talent of the other musicians without trying to be the center of attention, with no ego just being in the moment.

  6. Rob says:

    I never comment on pretty much anything, but this whole set is genuinely giving me goosebumps. Everything about this is so majestic.

  7. Asa Twigg-Smith says:

    This version of Dmitri is better than the original. That drummer though!

  8. Micah Wingell says:

    This might be one of the best tiny desks. I expect nothing less from this man.

  9. Nick Childs says:

    I don’t want it to end, this could be my favorite tiny desk ever.

  10. Mario says:

    Bruh this is the best renditions of his songs yet every song sounded amazing, I hope this gets more people listening to him.

    NPR sound technicians really make every performance crazy it’s like I’m in the room. Someone give them a raise

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