If you were unaware before Action Bronson & Statik Selektah’s collaborative album Well Done that Action Bronson used to be a chef, you will certainly be well informed after. The project between the two big bodied gentlemen allows for Action to do what he does best and that is rap his ass off over boom bap beats in a scattered, stream of consciousness manner. The blank slate of his own rhyme style allows for the Queens MC to let go with as many rapid-fire ideas as possible, many of which revolved around prosciutto and confit.
The first words uttered on the disc seem almost too on point, a film sample describing a strange Albanian genius. After that though, the album mellows out into a string on non-sequiturs. The second track on the album, ‘Time for Some’ kicks it up a notch with the M.O.P. style horns, but rather than coming off as a copy, it sounds more like a tribute without any air of inauthenticity.
I personally had never really acknowledged Statik Selektah’s production, but on this album, he utilizes so many different styles. From the horns to the boom bap, to the Nina Sky assisted ‘Cocoa Butter’ and ‘Miss Fordham Road’, two latin styled beats that let Action wax poetic about porn stars and twinkies. If a big bearded Albanian rapping about just about everything over slick beats is your thing, this album is a necessity. It is easily one of my favorite albums from the year because of the range of styles demonstrated by the two masterminds. Also, if you listen close enough you might get a good recipe or two out of it.