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Action Bronson: Bam Bam hits the stage in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic

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Edmonton, ABOriginally published on April 21, 2014 – On Apr. 19, Pearl Entertainment kicked off the first installation of the Iron Mic Music Festival; Western Canada’s biggest indoor hip-hop music festival. The festival brought headliners Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, and MGK, in to Edmonton for a night of hip-hop across the boards.

After the Beast Coast rap cats – Smoke DZA and Joey Bada$$ – got things going for the night, one of the hungriest MCs in the game right now (literally. Giggle. Snort) hit the stage. That’s right – ladies, and gentleman – the big loveable Bam Bam Baklava (aka: Action Bronson) rolled through Iron Mic. And it was precious.

Action Bronson: Bam Bam hits the stage in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic - HipHopCanada.com

Action Bronson sauntered on to the stage as Nirvana’s “Rape Me” played on the speakers. Bronson would do that. Because reasons. Anyways, Edmonton already has a ridiculous soft-spot for Bam Bam. He always delivers when he rolls through. So his reputation – alone – had people itching. It was one of those instances where the hype surrounding his performance was all word-of-mouth. Like, “Did you hear what happened last time Action was here? I heard it’s going to be insane.”

As always, Action delivered. He performed his monstrous “Strictly 4 My Jeeps,” and had everyone in on that hook: “You need to slow down baby!” And then – of course – we got reintroduced to Bronsonlino when Bronson performed his Chance The Rapper collabo, “NaNa.” Watching Bronson do that “Na na na na na na” hook is actually kind of mesmerizing. Real talk, though: the dude’s only been releasing projects for a couple of years, and his entire discography is just hit-after-hit. Also of note: no one got pancaked at the show. Y’all are tame, Edmonton.

At the end of his set, Bronson gave a shocker and pulled some straight-up crazy business by bringing Joey Bada$$ and Smoke DZA back on stage for a New York takeover. I lost my ish. It was just too good. Mostly because Joey and Smoke DZA back-up danced, too. And the bromance was real. And they performed Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason.” Who even does that? I guess they do.

HipHopCanada caught up with Action after his set to chop it up about his daughter (it was her ninth birthday on the day of the show), Bronson’s cool-dad status, Canadian grubs ‘n noshes, and more. So while you’re waiting on the interview to drop, peep these photos that Sarah Sussman shot of Bronson’s set below.

Photography by Sarah Sussman

Action Bronson: Bam Bam hits the stage in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic - HipHopCanada.com

Action Bronson: Bam Bam hits the stage in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic - HipHopCanada.com

Action Bronson: Bam Bam hits the stage in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic - HipHopCanada.com

Action Bronson: Bam Bam hits the stage in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic - HipHopCanada.com

Action Bronson: Bam Bam hits the stage in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic - HipHopCanada.com

Action Bronson: Bam Bam hits the stage in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic - HipHopCanada.com

Action Bronson: Bam Bam hits the stage in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic - HipHopCanada.com

Action Bronson: Bam Bam hits the stage in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic - HipHopCanada.com

Action Bronson: Bam Bam hits the stage in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic - HipHopCanada.com

Photography by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada

About Iron Mic Music Festival

Iron Mic is the first of its kind for Western Canada – it’s an indoor multi-headliner hip-hop festival offered to all ages. The festival is three parts in nature: it features headlining performances from internationally recognized artists. It provides an opportunity for local artists to gain some exposure. And it gives back to the community through charitable efforts. Iron Mic Music Festival was made possible through Pearl Entertainment’s partnerships with Nightshift, Mez Muzik, Dubsac, Jakmove, Diamond Kings Entertainemnt, IPartySask, and HipHopCanada.


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Sarah Sussman is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah was born-and-raised in Calgary, AB. She is a freelance writer and photographer, as well as a 2013 graduate from SAIT Polytechnic's journalism program. She writes about hip-hop and fashion (and sometimes a combination of the two). Sarah has written for The Weal, Where Calgary, Essential Calgary, and Our Alberta. Sarah started working with HipHopCanada in Jan. 2013 as Canadian Prairies Editor. She has been fortunate enough to interview some gnarly fine folks, including Moka Only, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Maseo (De La Soul), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), and more. Twitter: @IHeartTART

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