A Breakdown of Mr. MFN eXquire’s ‘Bootleg Liquor On A Sunday Night’ Series

A Breakdown of Mr. Muthaf*ckin eXquire's "Bootleg Liquor On A Sunday Night"

New York rap is in the sh*tter. Even the battle rap circuit is more exciting than whatever is happening in the five boroughs these days, and the biggest thing to pop in recent months is a G-Unit reunion, a Chicago drill impersonation, and an article on how garbage Troy Ave is. Sweet.

Mr. Muthaf*ckin’ eXquire was the hope for an NY renaissance (sorry for that term). He was fun, smart, disgusting, irreverent, emotional, obnoxious. If you’re the type to smoke weed and then watch David Lynch movies or read Phillip Dick, he was your guy. His breakout 2011 project Lost In Translation was fuming in some places and 4 a.m.-somber in others. It’s one of the few classic albums that rap has produced in the last five years, and it even had a marketable (?) single in “Huzzah.” But with the release of Kismet last year, it seemed like all that momentum was gone. A couple songs (i.e the first two) hit on the drugged-out wisdom that eX is so good at getting across, but the rest was too much sex and dull beats. Plus the tape seemed to imply that he and his label were on the outskirts, as recently confirmed in a Rolling Stone article. Minus a few guest features, he’s been quiet ever since.

Until “Bootleg Liquor On A Sunday Night,” his weekly song drops via NahRight. On May 16th, he dropped “Whirlwind Freestyle,” a triumphant return that throws shots at Peter Rosenberg and longs for the days of the Asian battery lady on the train. Fans of his have been fiending for his return, and now he’s back. Take a run through every song from the “Bootleg Liquor On A Sunday Night” series to see how one of New York’s illest rappers is returning to form.

“Whirlwind Freestyle”

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“Used to love to rap until that shit lost meaning / Used to write from my heart until that shit lost feeling.”

eX’s return to dropping steady solo music started with a bang in “Whirlwind Freestyle” – “Gold teeth glistenin’, cleaned my pistol with piss, leave you leakin’ / Stiffer than the dreads on The Weeknd.” He goes on to claim Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg blackballed him and then threatens to “stretch a nigga out like elbow skin.” Name another rapper talking about elbow skin. I thought so.

“I Ain’t Even F*ck Rihanna b.k.a. One For Lime-A-Rita Papi”

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“Abhor the game, nigga, absorb the pain / My stupid ass sold my soul and ain’t even get the fame.”

One of the best rap songs of 2014, “I Ain’t Even Fuck Rihanna” showcases how much eX can do in one song. The melancholy piano sets the mood for eX to vent (“I erased all of your advice out my DOMEpiece”), emoting pain the way legendary MCs do – through their delivery. He namechecks Bishop Agallah, El Topo, and Blue Velvet. He sounds wounded when recalling how people ignored the deep shit he was rhyming about and chose to focus on his raps about 40s and orgies. It’s 360 degrees of a human in one verse. Powerful music.

“Conversations With God” (Prod. By Mr. Len)

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“My moms was an oracle and my father was a shogun / Talking to the stars like the Dogon.”

WHOOOOOOO KIIIIIIIDDD!!! The Company Flow legend linked up with the guy people thought was signed to Def Jux for a heart-pounding collab. This is tied with “I Ain’t Even Fuck Rihanna” for the best song of the series, and it once more finds eX going almost stream of consciousness.

He does what few MCs dare to do by examining his own insecurities (“Why I don’t love myself? Where are my issues stemming from? Why I can’t trust myself?”) and then echoes the hate that non-believers have rained on him (“Nigga you ain’t Big, nigga you ain’t shit / You gon’ die broke and old like your fuckin’ uncle did”). If you’ve ever faced family opposition for following your dream, you know what eX is talking about. Thank the heavens for rap music like this.

“Jersey b.k.a. Pussy Like Crack” (Prod. By Mr. Len)

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You told me I was crazy, that sh*t hurt my feelings / I know I got my issues, I’m f*ckin’ you to kill ’em”

A week after a song about talking to God, eX returns with a song about…”Pussy Like Crack.” You can see why he’s different in the first couple lines – “How come when I cum, I can’t feel nothin’? / Always feel so dirty, always feel disgustin.” That’s the last shit you expect a rapper to say when he’s rhyming about girls.

He infantilizes himself as he goes on (“It’s like steroid for your muscles / When I was a kid I drunk Hennessey and Redbull”) before saying some sh*t so silly it’s hard not to grin at – “Give that ass a smack, it’s small, it barely jiggle / My dick large when it’s hard / When it’s soft, it be little.” There’s a lot more going on in eXquire’s head than just boasting about some pussy. The psychology in his music is unmatched.

“Life Of Pi[e]” (Feat. RAW DON, Kool A.D. & Michael Christmas)

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“Black God, no porcelain / With CEOs, fartin’ in they offices”

“Life of Pi[e]” is eX’s chance to give love to rappers he’s fucking with, and they’ve all got distinct styles – RAW DON goes acapella (sounding a little too much like the skinny white dude in Physics with glasses that pinch his nasal piece), Kool A.D. gets his pseudo-Lil’ B on, and Michael Christmas kills the last verse.

eX spits a playful verse, dropping nerd references, claiming the U.S. lost Desert Storm, and making sure people know he’s not like ODB. He even spits a “Life With Pi” reference. Read a book, motherf*cker.

“Gonzo Part 2 a.k.a. Erase My Browsing History”

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“Message to my mans, when I go, my last request / Just make sure you clear my browser history so I can rest.”

eXquire takes a page from DOOM’s book of “Kookies” for “Gonzo Part 2,” an ode to man’s best friend – internet porn. He’s forthright with his porn obsession – “Now it’s MidWestRawEnt and Big Booty Bang / I know way too much about porn, so what? I ain’t ashamed” – as he bookends his short vertse with the spirit of Brian Pumper.

What’s more, eX ends his verse as he ponders spitting a verse he wrote about why men really love porn. He hints at getting deep with it, but no one wants to hear that shit about some porn. Right?

“Body For Body” (Feat. Cokey Briccz & Raul)

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There’s blood on the wall – Salvador Dali / I’m catchin’ a homi, I fold up his body just like origami”

The last entry in “Bootleg Liquor” is the obligatory “put on for my boys” cut with eX squeezing in a quick second verse. Yet he still manages to differ from the pack, namedropping the Surrealist Dali in the process. Even when generic murder talk presides, eXquire is still better than everyone.

After that last song, the tracks stopped dropping. He’s done a feature or two in the interim, and though he publicly stated he doesn’t condone the Rolling Stone piece, it does say he’s busy making new music. But who knows? The guy keeps himself shrouded in mystery – that’s part of his appeal. An emphasis on music first – that’s what makes eXquire one of the best rappers out right now, easily.

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