Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire is pretty disarming in person. After all, the foul-mouthed Brooklyn MC is best known for a chorus that starts with “Drunk driving on a Wednesday” and for tracks like “Fucked Yo Mama,” wherein he lewdly taunts the child of a woman that he’s seeing.
In person, however, he’s affable, warm and quick to laugh—a far cry from the anti-social characters he so often plays in his songs. And while Mr. eXquire (or “eX” as his friends call him) might not take himself too seriously, the hip-hop world increasingly does.
On his most recent mixtape, The Man in the High Castle, eXquire shows off his impressive mic skills over tracks that split the difference between electronic-pop and club-ready bangers. And on his major-label debut, the Power & Passion EP, he displays his abilities as a convener, getting trap music pioneer Gucci Mane and underground hero El-P on the same track. We sat down with eXquire to talk about the current state of hip-hop, his style sensibility, and the key to his success.