If someone is coming to your music for the first time, how do you expect them to approach it? There’s lots of far-out elements that blur the line between reality and fantasy, and some of your lyrics disparage women.
Action Bronson: Let me clarify: I don’t talk about women in a crazier manner than any other rapper. Let’s take Billy Joel—he just talked about realism. Like, not all women are perfect. It’s a fact of life. Nobody’s perfect. A woman or man could be a piece of fucking shit. At the end of the day, this is equal play. I deal with disparaging men as much as I deal with disparaging women. And I don’t glorify disparaging women.
I grew up fat, OK? I’m a fat fuck. I had a lot of fantasies about women that I couldn’t achieve—that’s the type of repressed mindframe I grew up with. I write about it in such an out-of-this-world way that it becomes comical; it’s more comedy to me than it is trying to put anybody down. Because I’m not that type of person. I don’t put people down. I build people up. That’s how I always wanna be looked at. Sometimes I don’t have the best taste with words, but sometimes it’s needed to get my point across. I don’t like things being too real because that’s boring, and it’s going to be depressing. It’s all about getting a rise, like, “Oh fuck, I can’t believe he just said that, you kidding?” It ain’t about making people feel bad or being distasteful with women. That’s just not me.
I feel like I’ve been dealt a little bit of a bad hand with that type of shit just for that early Instagram picture [which he captioned: “Close up of Drunk Mexican Tranny after Bes poured a Bottle of water on its head”], which was just me writing something stupid. It didn’t really depict what was actually going on. And just growing up in the type of situations I grew up in, in Queens, being on the streets all the time, you see crazy things, and it’s not always gonna be glamorous. I have to depict that as well.