With a gritty, down-and-dirty flow that puts him in easy company with East coast greats like Method Man and Redman, Brooklyn emcee Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire evokes the golden days of mid-'90s hip-hop. Based out of New York, eXquire (born Hugh Anthony Allison) has a style that mixes grime and irreverence in equal parts, which he debuted on his first mixtape, 2008's The Big Fat Kill. In 2011, he made his debut with the mixtape Lost in Translation, which featured beats by El-P, as well as guests Despot, Heems, Kool A.D., and Danny Brown on a remix to breakthrough single, "Huzzah."
In 2012, eXquire signed with Universal Republic for the release of his Power & Passion EP, which featured production by Dot da Genius, El-P, and SpaceGhostPurrp, as well as guest Gucci Mane on "Telephuck." Mixtape four, Kismet (and the re-release Kismet: Blue Edition) landed in 2013, before eXquire parted with Universal. Picking up the pieces as an unsigned artist, eXquire continued to issue mixtapes, like his multi-part holiday series Merry eXmas & Suck My Dick, as well as a collection of unreleased tracks, Live from the Danger Room. His sophomore EP, Live Forever, arrived in 2015, with Brainiac following in 2017 on the Chocolate Rabbit label. ~ Neil Z. Yeung & Gregory Heaney