Since Lost in Translation dropped almost two years ago, I’ve been turning as many people onto Mr. Muthafuckin’ Exquire as I can. Dude is one of the most talented and unique in the New New York Scene. As good (and different) as groups like World’s Fair and The Underachievers are, the aesthetic of these second-wave artists can be similar to non discerning ears. Exquire on the other hand has been a progressive, artist mixing experimental production with golden age NY lyricism since the very beginning. He spits verses backwards, writes his own sci-fi fantasies, namedrops Dostoyevsky and Howard Zinn. To say I’m excited for his upcoming mixtape, Kismet, would be an understatement.
The second single off the tape, titled ‘Noble Drew Ali’ dropped today, and Exquire is back with a vengeance. For those not in the know, Drew Ali is the founder of the Moorish Science Temple who claimed all sorts of crazy esoteric shit. One of those shits I spend hours Googling at 3AM, and if you’re reading this blog, you probably do too. Over a hard, jazzy beat from CONSTROBUZ, Exquire raps ‘Treat a hoe like my wife/Treat my wife like my bitch/Money don’t change who you are/Amplify the shit’. He screws up his voice to an absurd degree to yelp ‘bleed’. It’s fucking great, and if this and ‘Draped in Gold‘ are any indication, the tape will be the quirky banger that New York needs.- King James