The relentless comparisons drawn between New York hip-hop heavyweights Action Bronson and Ghostface Killah are hardly breaking news at this point. Since his 2011 debut album Dr. Lecter, Bronson has been told time and again that his sound parallels that of the Wu-Tang Clan icon. Though most artists often shun being compared to their peers, multiple interviews with the Queens-bred rapper have revealed that he was honored by the analogies. “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,” he told HipHopDX back in 2011. Ghostface voiced mutual respect for his fellow emcee, saying “I heard some stuff from him. He’s dope,” during an interview with Fuse in 2012.
Fast forward to the present and things start to turn sour between the two. In May, Ghostface threw some shade at Bronson in an interview with VladTV, admitting that when Action first hit the scene, he got their voices confused on a song and wondered when he recorded a verse that was in fact Bam Bam himself. But now, things have finally hit the fan, kickstarted by Bronson’s very public diss aimed at the Killah on the popular ESPN talk show Sportsnation. Read below for the scoop on what went down.
Action Takes Shots at Ghostface on ESPN’s Sportsnation
The first shot fired in the whole Action Bronson vs. Ghostface Killah fiasco happened when the Mr.Wonderful rapper appeared on ESPN’s Sportsnation a few weeks back. When addressed about the frequently made comparisons between his style and Ghostface’s, Bronson cooly responded, “He’s not rapping like this no more,” causing a wave of commotion among the show’s hosts. When asked if the remark was an open diss at the Wu-Tang emcee, Action replied, “No, just being honest.” Then, as a final dig, when the hosts jive that Ghostface needs to remix a popular song, Bronson continues, “He needs something, he needs something.”
Ghostface Fires Back
As a response to the ESPN shoutout, Ghostface repsonded via a very heated rant posted online just yesterday. The video shows the hip-hop artist talking to the camera and spitting out a slew of nasty remarks aimed directly at Bronson. “First of all you little fat fuck, who gives you the right to even mention my name out your motherfucking mouth?” Ghostface says. “Boy you done made a mistake boy. You done fucked up. Because listen man, you could never fuck with my pen. My sword, my blade, whatever you want to call it, I’m too nasty for you. This is why the fuck you look up to me, and sound like me.” Continuing his tirade, Ghostface later threatens physical violence against his fellow artist and shouts, “You walk around the club with no shoes on, a big ass beard that one day I might set on fire just for saying my name. Doing 25 years doesn’t sound so good, but I got shooters who’ll do that. Those shooters are not from New York. I don’t think you know the magnitude of what you have done.”
Everyone says things they regret. I respect my elders and the forefathers of this art. Once again, I’m sorry.
— MR. WONDERFUL (@ActionBronson) July 20, 2015
Action Throws in the Towel
In an attempt to make peace, Bronson took to Twitter to apologize for the comments he made on the ESPN talk show.
Ghostface Not Buying It
Looks like Ghostface was not amused by Bam Bam’s penance. Last night, the folks at Revolt TV caught up with Ghost in New York City and asked him if he accepted the apology, to which he simply replied, “No. Shit.” There you have it.
If anything else develops, we’ll be sure to keep you informed.