Under the Hip Hop Radar: Action Bronson - Strictly 4 My Jeeps
Arian Asllani(born 2 December 1983), better known by his stage name Action Bronson, is an Americanrapper from Flushing, Queens, NewYork of Albanian descent.
Asllani’s father is an Albanian immigrant and his mother is a Jewish New Yorker. Before entering the rap scene he was a respected fire-flame gourmet chef in NewYorkCity, and frequently raps about food in his songs. He hosted his own online cooking show entitled “Action in the Kitchen”. He has gained fame for lyrically and stylistically resembling rapper GhostfaceKillah (with whom he collaborated, along with friend and fellow rapper Termanology, on a song called “Meteor Hammer” from the 2011 compilation album LegendaryWeapons). In an interview with HipHopDX, he was asked about how it was to sound like him, and he responded with,
"Yeah, I mean at the end of the day, it’s all good because Ghostface Killah is one of the best rappers alive, so if I sound similar to the best rapper alive then that is fine. To me there is no comparison; he is a legend and I am a newcomer. If I would try and emulate with anyone it would be Kool G Rap, he is the person I look up to the most. I am not upset but at the end of the day I am my own person and no one can take that away from me.”
Gilbere Forte’ (born July 14, 1987) is an American rapper/songwriter/producer. Born in Flint, Michigan (later moving to Chicago, IL, then Philadelphia, PA) music has played an integral role in Gilbere’s life. Embracing his parents musical taste, Gilbere was introduced to the likes of Isaac Hayes, Roy Ayers, Phil Collins, and Sade as a youth. By age 9 he was reciting raps from likes of 2Pac, B.I.G. and Outkast, which inevitably led to Gilbere penning his own songs by age 12. In 2000, songwriting gave way to production and an initial foray into beat-making with Fruity Loops and Reason. This continued through high-school and into college.
The inspiration to take music seriously led Gilbere to pursue a degree in Entrepreneurship & Business Management at Temple University, where he enrolled in the fall of 2006. As Gilbere progressed as a musician, he was aided by his brother (and manager) DeNiro Forté’s own growth in the industry. Through him, Gilbere was introduced to the Junior Music Executive Program which lead to an internship with Studio 609 and award winning production duo Dre & Vidal. The experience and experimentation with Reason and Logic, along with live instrumentation, presented a true opportunity for Gilbere to carve out his own sonic identity. Staying close to the business, Gilbere also served as the East Coast Sales Rep that year for burgeoning street-wear brand Undrcrwn. In building his musical foundation he took another step in his progression as an artist – teaming up with fellow producer from Temple, Rakib “Raak” Uddin.