Release Date: Nov 13, 2012
Record label: Universal Republic
Since the nearly instant breakout success of last year’s “Huzzah,” Mr. MFN eXquire’s name has been found on the tongues of New York City Rap purists seeking to enlist saviors to restore the city’s quasi-crippled reputation outside of the obvious Kings of New York. A native of Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, he’s come to separate himself from lesser knowns thanks to free mixtapes full of outlandish imagery and a blossoming fan base due to diverse working relationships including the likes of the Alchemist, Danny Brown, and Das Racist.
Last year, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire released the great Lost in Translation, a versatile mixtape that introduced his science-fiction-loving, depressive, addictive persona to the world. The tape consisted of angry, fuck-the-world celebrations ("Huzzah!", "Triple F"), lugubrious slow burners ("Weight of Water", "I Should Be Sleepin'"), pulp pastiche ("Maltese Falcon Pt.
I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong. In my review of Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire’s Man In The High Castle mixtape, I pondered whether or not that effort was the last gasp of the real eXquire, before Universal Music Group got their major label tentacles all over him for his major label debut, the Power & Passion EP. As it turns out, UMG wasn’t the villain; all on his own, eXquire’s managed to forge a six-track effort that’s only power is to disappoint.
When Mr. MFN eXquire started to buzz, many rap fans knew he was an eccentric character. Just from the cover artwork above, a depiction of parallel tastes between New York grit and foreign extravagances through a Ganesha, eXquire is far from ordinary. His first single “Huzzah” released in early 2011 was the first sign of his grimy raps, which he followed with three full-length mixtapes showcasing his incomparable style.