Rising New York rapper Mr. Muthaf***in’ eXquire has just inked a major label deal with Universal Republic, reports Billboard.com.
The rapper burst onto the scene in 2011, building an buzz thanks to his “$400 video for ‘Huzzah’ on YouTube” (quoted by Billboard) and his debut mixtape, Lost in Translation, featuring several beats from underground vet El-P.
It’s been quite a ride for the rapper over the last 12 months. So much so, eXquire himself has called 2011 an “ill f***in’ journey.”
In a Tumblr post in November 2011, he shared his excitement over how far he’s come, although he admits he didn’t expect to come so far … so quickly.
“What a ill f***kin journey this year has been for me,” eXquire wrote. “When that New Years Ball dropped I would have never thought i’d be on TV, Magazine’s, Websites, and all this sh**… man 9 months ago I was in a f***ing small ass booth checking parking tickets now i’m a starving artist… sh** f***’s my head up. I just be wanting to stop right here cuz i never thought i’d make it this far. Too late now tho, I told my n**** Trax once ‘We gotta make money now, cause we can’t get no broker!’ ”
The rapper also recently admitted to HipHopDX, in an interview published in January, that he contemplated quitting hip-hop twice before.
“I don’t know. It was just kinda like, ‘I’m not gon’ give up,’ I guess, I’d found something that I loved to do and it wasn’t that easy to stop,” eXquire explained. “But it was like Lost In Translation was gonna be my last one. Like, ‘I’m serious this time, I’ma do this one and I ain’t gonna do no more.’ I think most artists are conflicted and going back and forth between what’s accepted and going against the grain and persuing your dreams.”
Good thing for the Brooklyn rapper, he decided to stick it out.
Further details about his deal with Universal, and when his debut album would drop, was unknown at press time.