There must be something in the water. Either the resurgence of good grimey, dirty and devious hip-hop is due to Odd Future blowing the gates off mainstream America’s sheltered music tastes—with the help of Jimmy Fallon—or it’s just a natural cycle of an artform that crossed its 30-year existence last year. Whatever it is, it’s a welcome change to a landscape that’s plateaued in “bling bling” territory for the last decade. Preceding that was the golden era of grit with Boot Camp Clik and Wu-Tang Clan leading the charge. These are groups who are still around today, but lacking the bite they had in the 90s. C.R.E.A.M. indeed.
So here we are now in 2011 with some L.A. skater kids called Odd Future picking up the dusty baton, dashing past Kanye West, Jay-Z and Drake (sorry fellas!) and about to reach the handoff line where a NY rapper called Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire is ready, willing and able. With a 40 oz. in hand.
Whereas Odd Future gets into Gravediggaz territory (Tyler is going to hate that comparison) Mr. MFN eXquire sticks to hood life in Brooklyn, drunk driving on a Wednesday, sexual conquests and everything else in between. He’s kind of like 50 Cent before he got shot, able to put together interesting hooks with subtly witty lines and a delivery that has a genuine air of “I don’t give a shit”. Then there’s the beats which are nice and dark. His recent single “Huzzah” features production by underground horrorcore legend Necro.
So have I got your attention yet? If so here’s some more glimpses of eXquire most of which is taken from his Tumblelog at Don’t Eat My Mind. I’ve also included his comments for the chosen pieces because they’re funny as hell though some are NSFW. I’d provide you a link to his Twitter, but apparently he’s so hardcore that even his account got suspended. What do you think? Hype, hope or dope? Whichever it may be, you got to say it’s a pretty exciting time to be a hip-hop head. The return of the boom bap has just begun.
Mau Mau Freestyle
I’m farting in your girls mouth with this shit!
Cheap Thrills feat. Raul
Dude who did “Cheap Thrills” told me I was wack and he hated the song… this is his Twitter, @ reply that nigga and tell him “eat a dick”!
Gears of War
Messin With Crazy Ass Hec!
YRB Magazine Interview
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