Action Bronson Explains Avoiding N-Word, Describes Muslim Upbringing

After refusing to say N.W.A.'s album title, "Niggaz4Life," Action Bronson shares that his mother "is a ride-or-die-bitch" and that his father is "a heavy duty Muslim."

During a brief interview, Action Bronson refused to say the n-word. Speaking with The Combat Jack Show, Bronson was asked to share what N.W.A. album he listened to when he got in trouble and Bronson refused to say the title, Niggaz4life. He then explained how his Muslim upbringing has influenced his life and how much he's changed as an adult. 

When asked to share what N.W.A. album got him in trouble, Bronson smiled.  

"You know I can't say that," he shared. "You know I can't say that. N-Words4Life."

When The Combat Jack Show co-host Dallas Penn added, "Action, you can say that," Bronson responded by sticking to his guns. 

"I can't. I'm not gonna say it," he remarked. He then jokingly added, "Damn you, America!"

The reason the album was so important for Bronson was because it got him in trouble with his father. A neighbor told his father that a young Bronson was walking around the neighborhood playing the album with a one-speaker boom box. 

"I got slapped up because the neighbor told on me, told my father, that I was walking around playing crazy shit. He threw all my tapes out the window and my mother got them back for me the next day."

That shows a difference between his mother and father, a difference he expanded on.

"She's a hippy. She loved me more than anyone. She's gonna always take her son's side, no matter what. That's a ride-or-die-bitch right there. I love her. That's my mother right there," he added. "I love that woman."

"My father's a heavy duty Muslim," he noted, before explaining that they never ate any pork growing up and that he was raised with Muslim customs and values. However, Bronson doesn't continue to follow all of these customs, adding that "anything that has to do with pig, I'm eating." 

More from this interview can be viewed below. 

Niggaz4Life was released May 1991 under Ruthless/Priority. It was the group's final release and it followed Ice Cube's departure from the crew. Two years ago, The D.O.C. spoke with HipHopDX about the album, saying that without him, the album would not have been released.

"[Eazy-E] was fuckin’ niggas early in the game. [Ice] Cube saw that shit very early, and boned the fuck out. … If I wasn’t up there [at Ruthless] what the fuck would they have done? You wouldn’t have a muthafuckin’ Niggaz4Life record. Who was gonna write it? And Eazy still fucked me on that record! But I’m a 19-year-old, 20-year-old kid, I don’t know no fuckin’ better. I’m up there with [Dr. Dre]. And Dre knew better. And he coulda did better."

Earlier this month, Bronson dropped his latest project, a collaborative album with Harry Fraud, Saab Stories

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88 Comments

  • wut

    this dude jus call his momma a bitch?

  • Polish Man

    it's kinda weird that he says "fuck" "bitch" but he dont wanna say "nigga".. Damn nigga, you can say "nigga", cuz you're a hip-hop head. B-Real ain't Black, and he says it all the time in his tracks. SO WHAT he's a Latino, "Latino" is not a race. There are 3 main races in the world: Black (Negroid), White (Caucasoid) and Asian (Mongoloid). So B-Real is not Black! And he has a pass for unknown reasons!

    • trop

      B Real has the same african european indian blood mix most "light skinned" blacks in america have..come on yo...

    • Power

      That's white pseudo-scientific propaganda, East africans are not Caucasian in any way.

    • TheInfamousDanteB

      If you actually look up Negroid, Caucasian and Mongoloid you'll know they have nothing to do with skin color. East Africans, North Africans, and Indians are all Caucasian. Caucasian doesn't mean white. Scientifically speaking Caucasian is Western European, North African, East African, West Asia (Middle East) and Central Asia. "White" and "black" were made up around 500 years ago to support the Transatlantic Slave Trade and there's no science behind. Latino is made up of a combination of African, European(Spanish as in from Spain), and Native American. Peace. 1.

  • Polish Man

    it's kinda weird that he says "fuck" "bitch" but he dont wanna say "nigga".. Damn nigga, you can say "nigga", cuz you're a hip-hop hread. B-Real ain't Black, and he says it. SO WHAT he is a Latino, but Latino is not a race. So B-Real and Fat Joe aint Black!

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  • Anonymous

    bronstein a bipolar bitchnigga. 2 years ago he used nigga al the time, now the industry nigguz shook him

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  • Mixm

    Man yall a bunch a niggas.

  • brokentapes

    Thanks Action from Black America! Now google James Ek-Sel now!

  • Anonymous

    very difficult to avoid that work... come south par its satire!! Blame Canada

  • Anonymous

    Funny shit....Bronson used to say nigga all the time in his early music with Mayhem Lauren...

  • Anonymous

    The reason why Caucasians should not say nigger/nigga is because they used this exact word and its meaning to commit the worst atrocities known to man.

    • Assassin221

      Which "they" are you talking about? Because neither me nor any white person I know has ever used that word in conjunction with an atrocity. And if you associate the word with atrocities, why would it be any better for black people to say it? I don't meant to minimize the word's fucked up history at all, but we're in a very different cultural context now in 2013. Some people want to live in the past and the present at the same time.

    • You Cant Handle The Truth

      I dont know too many worse atrocities known to man than slavery except the holocaust. Maybe you should get with the facts or continue making yourself look retarded.

    • TruthHurts

      There were many worse atrocities known to man than slavery. Not that it makes that atrocity any better, but it's the fact of the matter. Get with the facts or make yourself look retarded.

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  • Anonymous

    bronstein is a shook lil bitchnigga

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    Albanian Nigga

  • simple

    obviously White americans should not call african americans the n word and african americans should not call american whites the c word simple if u ask me

    • Anonymous

      The "C-Word"? You mean some bullshit black bizzaro world word for the n-word? White "privilege" makes it impossible to create a word even close. I have gone to school with whites you guys just can't wait for an excuse to use it when you don't think black people will hear you or care.

  • Sco

    South Park reference: Action gets it!....lol.....

  • Anon

    Won't say nigga, but calls his Mom a bitch.. riight...

  • Real Talk

    Eminem said nigger then tried to cover it up. And apparently Bronson has already said nigga on a track. These white boys, u can't trust em man.. Look only a few niggas can say nigga, they are: 1. Blacks 2. Puerto Ricans 3. Dominicans 4. SOME Asians (the dark ones) and only in certain areas.

    • Power

      A lot of dominicans are black they just don't identify themselves as it

    • Anonymous

      I don't like anyone using the word and it pisses me off even more that latins think they can use it. You guys aren't the great grandkids of slaves. You still don't get treated nearly as second class as we do in some places. Our histories are different find your own swag. Everybody wanna be able to be like black people without being black.

    • Ray

      But Bronson said nigga on tracks that also had a black guy on it..it wasnt being racist

    • Anonymous

      That white boy from Florida Dangeruss (the real inspiration for Spring Breakers, fuck you Riff Raff) says nigga in all his videos but in his defense he says that shit in front of a big group of scary lookin niggas so you gotta respect that shit...

    • Anonymous

      moka only says it

  • Wolfman

    Eating plenty of pork now on that Big Pun diet. Cool it, Bronson before u have a heart attack. Your music is goldie.

  • Anonymous

    albanian nigga scared to say nigga, wow this nigga is puss

  • Anonymous

    serbia lost hahaha

  • Niggalas Cage

    nigga scared to use the nigga word because it will burn some bridges in the industry nigga. this bronson nigga is getting pimped my nigga.

  • Anonymous

    nigga just say nigga

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  • S-T-ACCo

    This nicca is a Albanian Muslim

  • HHp

    Me personally?, I don't use that word But when Im talking about albums, or a MCs name. Yup, then I use it So for me it's "Niggaz4Life" And Daz Dillinger aka Dat Nigga Daz If they don't like it, the shouldn't name it that way

    • Anonymous

      I can agree with this. I'm a black man and I wouldn't be offended if I heard a white guy saying the title of a song or an artists name with the word nigga in it.

    • QB

      No problem here, you're just quoting the name. Now, if you personally refer to some one as nigga and you're white, u're asking for trouble.

  • Black Deity

    I been listening to Bronson for a minute and I fuck with him, but let's keep it real. on that Bon appetit...Bitch!!! tape he definitely said nigga a few times on "Growin Up" peep that shit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hH61MZDzPo

    • Black Deity

      Haha somebody on this site didn't want people to know the truth, what's sad is that I'm a fan and if you are too or a writer, editor or whatever you should know the facts too. Dude lied about his N-Word usage and he needs to own up to that instead of saying he never used the word. so again, the song title is "Growin Up" and here, is the video. the song can be found on the mixtape "Bon Apetit...Bitch!!!!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hH61MZDzPo

    • Adam

      Just came here to post this.

    • Reject White Americans

      Forgetful ass white boy. Talking about "damn you america". As if anyone gives a fuck that he's a fake muslim who calls his mom a bitch just like every other white boy. Not a single one of them even Eminem is gonna slip up. They really just don't belong, but they wanna belong everywhere and exclude people from their private clubs. They ain't never really embrace us I dunno why we keep giving these guys passes.

    • nigganigganigga

      wow...action bronson may be bipolar too.

  • One

    That's cool. I only know one white rapper that actually drop the N-bomb. It was Lil' Wyte off his first album. Honestly I don't think no one heard it cuz it came out around the time J.lo drop the N-bomb with Ja Rule. Now, can we get other rappers to stop saying?

  • Anonymous

    ja rule the only nigga allowed to say nigga

  • Anonymous

    Why do we have to go through this with every white rapper. Look, nobody not even fellow brothas should be dropping those words.

  • Anonymous

    Zero use for Bronstein as cornball sexist joke rapper but props for knowing the word isn't his to use; props, Arian. Now. if only the bum stopped smoking like a chimney, dropped 150 pounds, and started reading books, there'd be hope for him yet!!

    • Anonymous

      Why you so concerned with another man's health and the way he looks? Sounds like some faggot shit to me....you wanna suck this white nigga's dick or something?

  • Anonymous

    thats a weak statement. anyone can say whatever they want its freedom of speech.

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  • imho

    i could never see myself callin my mom a ride or die bitch..i think bitch catchs me off guard refering to ones mom

  • Anonymous

    the fake ghostface killer and a fake muslim

  • Anonymous

    "[Eazy-E] was fuckin niggas early in the game.pause

  • Anonymous

    the dude is not a muslim, its his pops, he's just a Ghostface knock off hahaha

  • obviously

    Obviously your white- you can't/shouldn't say the N word same for blacks who say cracker. Although the cracker term is so corny and I cringe when I hear it- just leave it at white boy

  • DavidDavidsonA

    Bronson is muslim? I guess muslim and jewish.. interesting that his dad married a jewish woman considering he was a "strict muslim" http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/music/123589/action-bronson-is-my-grandfather

    • Anon

      Bullshit, Jews are NOT an ethnicity.. you have Jews of all different ethnicities throughout the world. The White European Jews that claim Israel as their so-called homeland are invaders.

    • Oz. F

      "Do some research sir" number 1 stop talking like a planters peanut you herb. Number 2 your wrong on this one, jews are the only religion that's also an ethnicity.

    • tony

      you can't be ethnically jewish either it's a religion you can be ethnically israeli which is not a religion do some research sir

    • rthjk

      hes an atheist

    • Anonymous

      he's not muslim his father is. islam is not a blood thing like judaism you cannot be ethnically muslim

    • Kyle

      It's not that interesting-since Islam classifies Jews (alongside Christians) as People of the Book (believing in the same God), it's perfectly acceptable for any Muslim to marry a Christian or Jew.

  • Kyle

    That's some good insight on Bronson there. My dad's a Muslim too but he never really cared about what I listened to as a kid, so Bronsolini's got some strict ass dad there.

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