Friday, February 13, 2015

Mark Ronson Recruits America's #1 Rap-Singer, Action Bronson for "Uptown Funk" Remix (Columbia Records)

"WOOOOOOOOO, "UPTOWN FUNK" REMIX BLASTIN' OFF RIGHT NOW ON @HOT97 [WITH] MY BROTHER @MarkRonson," @ActionBronson exuberantly Tweeted Thursday morning, not long after his Freako Rico-designed, Bloodsport-inspired MR. WONDERFUL cover artwork made its debuted across The Internet. "Uptown Funk" is quite arguably the most instantly recognizable track culled from Ronson's New Age Soul-Funk chart-topping "solo" album, Uptown Special; in recent weeks, it's bombarded daytime/late night TV, countless movie trailers, numerous commercials, and radio waves nation-wide. Mark Ronson painstakingly decided to cut out "Uptown Funk"'s lush extended intro, which okayplayer reports took some eight hours to create, to properly retro-fit Action Bronson's newly-appended replacement verse.

While Ronson, Bronson, and Bruno Mars' genre-blending collaboration may seem like a head-scratcher to the average listener, it should make perfect sense to long-time Bronson supporters, like myself; a couple years before Blue Chips, Party Supplies boldly crafted a handful of off-kilter tracks wherein Action Bronson effortlessly managed to rap over Justin Bieber and Peter Bjorn & John-centric beats!!! Bronson weaves a semi-kosher rhyme about "pillow fights with Dominican mothers" atop a few newly-added scratches, which Tom Breihan somehow managed to trace back to Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz' 1998 East Coast Hip-Hop regional smash, "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)." Although in any case, "Uptown Funk" (Remix) just might be a little taste of what Action Bronson & Mark Ronson have cooked up together for their rumored Billy Joel-sampling MR. WONDERFUL track, which is set to arrive world-wide on March 24th. And if you've been living under a rock for the past month or so, Mark Ronson's flawless Soul-Funk-drenched "album of the year" contended, Uptown Special is now available for your listening pleasure.

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