Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire Reminisces
Mike Trampe: It’s been about a year and a half since you said “My stupid ass sold his soul/and didn’t even get the fame.”, what has changed for you personally and musically since those lines?
MME: I centered myself and reconnected with my music, which is the most important thing to me.
Mike Trampe: So with that said, how would you describe your music that you are making RIGHT NOW?
MME: My music is the same as it’s ever been. A representation of my spirit and experiences. Just life music. Im here for the people who feel as out of touch with reality as I do and feel like theres more to life than what they see on the day to day. Just trying to leave my mark.
Mike Trampe: Your 2008 mixtape”The Big Fat Kill” was one of my favorites. Since it’s release, what has changed in the music industry?
MME: 2008? Man I was a young kid buying sneakers from Supreme. I was just working my dead end job, I didn’t really experience the music Industry till years after. But I think rap in general probably wasn’t as controlled back then.
Mike Trampe: In 2012 you told Pitchfork you were a loner and played the background smoking weed. Do you still consider yourself a loner? When do you think marijuana will be legal in all 50 states?
MME: I couldn’t of said that, cause I don’t smoke weed, so they probably misquoted me. But yeah I prefer to be a loner, when I first broke into the game I would go out a lot, and I hated it, but I felt like I was “supposed” to. Everybody thinks I’m this wild-man, but I’m really a boring bookworm. My music is where I can be free, I let everything out there. That’s my form of expression. So yeah big loner, but i have a pretty big circle of friends. I’m a complex nigga man. But weed, I think once they can figure out how to justify it to the general public it will be.
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire Talks About His Creative Process
Mike Trampe: Walk me through the creative process and thought process for “Ice Cups” and “Sweet Chicks.”
MME: “Ice Cups” I did maybe a year or two ago, I recorded that at this little studio set up we had in Fort Greene Brooklyn, I had writers block, so I got a bottle, some Chicken, Lamb and Rice from the Halal spot and took a nap on the floor. I woke up at 7 in the morning, put the beat on and i just free-styled the whole thing straight through. If you listen to that first verse, i’m talking about coming out of Central Booking because I had got locked up a few days earlier than that. It was just me doing a journey through Brooklyn, touched gentrification a bit. Just a BK Journey… Like yeah I know it’s different now, but we still do it “the nigga way”.
The chopped and screwed portion I did after Anthony Mason had passed, that was my favorite Knick, I actually met him once when I snuck into Club Avalon, I musta been 15 at the time. But yeah that verse was in memorandum of him and A$AP Yams who was a pal of mine. I was at his crib playing video games with him a day or two before he passed and I feel he’s a NY Legend so I threw in the chopped and screwed portion cause that’s their style. Just a real NY record all around.
“Sweet Chick” came from me running into Alchemist at the opening night of Nas’ restaurant of the same name. Him and Killer Mike just were throwing encouraging words at me and I felt the need to thank them with a freestyle. It wasn’t like an actual record, just a kind “Im Back” around type of thing. Light work really.
Mike Trampe: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
MME: Musical Legend, who surprised a lot of people. But the real ones knew all along.
Mike Trampe: One feature you would like to secure before you retire?
MME: Never gonna retire, but I was thinking the other day Doom would be epic, FlyLo on the production tip is a dream of mine.
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire Is Brooklyn
Mike Trampe: If you had to make a supergroup out of 3 other Brooklyn rappers, who would you pick and why?
MME: Master Glo, Deillest outta Brownsville, and Cokey Bricks because they represent the real Brooklyn and the world needs to see and feel that.
Mike Trampe: What does Calvin Klein Bacote mean to you and Brooklyn?
MME: The drug dealer Calvin Klein I’m guessing. Thats WAY before my time. All the older dudes of that era, I think all those cats, it’s a laundry list of them, they represent a lot of good and bad. I think their legacy will always be wasted potential as a whole. Lotta niggas with CEO potential, making ignorant choices with limited options. You know? Jay Z kinda proved that, the hustlers mind is no different from that of a politician. There are a million niggas smarter than Hov, but he’s the luckiest, the crafty one who saw what his capabilities truly were. I think their enduring legacy in Brooklyn is one of honor, but also us as black people could be so much further if guys like Calvin Klein had a chance to execute their potential in a corporate or political setting. That’s not entirely their fault though.
Mike Trampe: Pick one food item, one drink and one album for a sunny day at a bbq in Brooklyn.
MME: A Curry Chicken Roti, A Jamaican Kola, and some Roy Ayers and you boomin’.
Latest posts by Mike Trampe (see all)
- Kaydence Speaks On The Current State Of The Music Industry, James Fauntleroy + 2Pac Being Influences - May 23, 2016
- O.B.A.$. Talks Music Influences & Future Plans - February 20, 2016
- The Top Diss Songs Of 2015 - January 18, 2016