2. Action Bronson and Thelonious Martin – “Blackbird” | Closed Sessions Vol. 2 | 2011
I grew a little hair on my chest going back and forth with the OG Dante Ross (Bronson’s manager at the time) on this one. Bronson was a star in the making. As soon as I hit play on his “Brunch” video, directed by my homie Alexander Richter, I knew we had to get him for Digital Freshness and a session. I sent the video to Mike and he replied immediately with – “make it happen.”
The theme throughout this documentary is how much of a regular guy Bronson is. And that’s really true. He’s a good dude, and a loyal one. We went to Blackbird for dinner and all the chefs came out to talk to him, and this was in 2011, (his TV show) Fuck That’s Delicious was a looongggg way off. And to this day, every time Bronson comes to Chi he makes it a point to come through the studio to kick it and catch up. It always involves some great food, and some great dabs… I’d be remiss to not mention Thelonious Martin here as well. He was a freshman at Columbia College and I took him under my wing a little bit.
When he first moved to Chicago to start college he came over to my apartment and we made a list of artists he wanted to produce for. I told him that we were going to put a dent in that list. When we booked the Bronson trip I told him straight-up, I’m gonna get you a Bronson track. He was actually in class while we were at the studio. I texted him to leave class and come over cause Bronson was rapping on his beats. He left class and the rest is history.