In a move that should delight both early-adopters and fans of profanity, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire has returned to his old, expletive-laden moniker (he says “MFN” sounded too much like “muffin”). On top of the name-revivalism, eX is gearing up to release his brand new mixtape Kismet this summer and “Noble Drew Ali” is its first full single. Last week, we got a little bit of a preview via a snippet of cut “Draped In Gold” and with these two samples, the mission at hand is clear. eX knows how to spin an emotional yet super intelligent yarn. He’s unafraid to punctuate his boasts with his own sense of malaise and his name-dropping tends toward listing out authors he’s into instead of the typical labels-and-famous friends fare. With this tape — some of which I unexpectedly heard when he DJed at Brooklyn bar Beloved last month — he’s continuing that same narrative with beat innovation that matches his dark tones, but feel fuller than what we’re used to from him. Check out “Noble Drew Ali” below.
Kismet is slated for release this summer.