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January 31, 2024

After being ‘disinvited’ from Trinity College in 2016, rapper Action Bronson makes Hartford homecoming

Wikimedia Commons Action Bronson performs at a concert.

Controversial rapper, chef, wrestler, television host and food critic Action Bronson is set to perform at Hartford’s The Webster in April, after being “disinvited” from a Spring Weekend concert at Trinity College in 2016.

Action Bronson, whose rapping style has been compared to Ghostface Killah and Nas, also hosts the food documentary series “F**k, That's Delicious” and has made cameos in several movies. He has released seven studio albums.

In 2016, he made headlines in Connecticut when students at Trinity College successfully petitioned to cancel his show. They claimed the lyrics of his songs promote misogyny, drug use and violence. 

In response to the outcry, Action Bronson wrote an open letter to the community that said his songs "depict a story" and "aren't meant to be anything but an artistic expression." He apologized to people who were offended, said he was working to become more sensitive, and unequivocally condemned sexual violence.

On April 18, Action Bronson will have another chance to entertain a Hartford audience on his concert tour, “Action Bronson Presents: Dr. Baklava and the Human Growth Hormone.”

The show is at the newly renovated The Webster at 31 Webster St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are available starting at $47.50. Formerly known as the Webster Theater, the venue reopened under new ownership last year.

Action Bronson, whose real name is Ariyan Arslan, was born in Queens, New York, to an Albanian-Muslim father and an American-Jewish mother. At one point, he weighed 400 pounds, but he has recently adopted a healthier living style and has lost more than 100 pounds.

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