Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire has been on a tear as of late. It seems like it was just a few days ago that we were wondering where the Brooklyn MC had gone, and just like that he popped back up with the fire-starting “Noble Drew Ali,” a dark and ominous callback to the late-90s, on which eX sounds like an awesome cross between Method Man and DOOM. With two mixtapes and a Universal-backed EP to his name, eX is something of a veteran in our easily dispensable world of hip-hop, but he’s back with a new (now sober) outlook and sound, which he’s planning to show off on his upcoming mixtape, Kismet.
When eX stopped by the XXL offices last week to play us some new music, we discussed his sort-of name change—from Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire to Mr. MFN eXquire then back to Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire—and we thought it’d be fitting to talk about the relevance and importance of cuss words. So, in a call back to George Carlin’s famous 1972 monologue “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television”—in which he broke down said words to their root to explain that they should be allowed—we threw the seven words out at MFN eX, and he responded to them accordingly. Check out what he had to say…
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire: Um…shit happens. Shit is kind of good. I don’t really think of it as a bad curse at all. It’s a noun and a verb, right? I don’t really tell shit jokes, though. That’s a little juvenile.
Oh man, piss is fine! But I don’t really say, “I have to piss.” It just sounds really crass to me, like sitting at a table and being like, “I have to piss.” Nobody wants to hear that shit. I say “I gotta drain the weasel.”
Fuck is a terrible word. You shouldn’t say fuck. [Pause] I’m just joking. [Laughs] Fucking could be good. I like fucking.
C*nt is a disgusting word. It sounds so nasty. That’s not a good word. I don’t think you should ever use that word. You shouldn’t even use c*nt in a rhyme, like, “I’ma punt the c*nt.” I veto that word. It’s too harsh.
I don’t like that one either. It’s just too offensive. If somebody call you that, that’s like a real spit in the face. I wouldn’t even say that to someone if we were about to fight.
Motherfucker is a beautiful word. [Laughs] Motherfucker’s cool, it’s smooth. That was my first curse I ever used. It was 1993, and I heard Snoop Dogg say it on Doggystyle. That shit made me curse. I remember I went to my mother one day and I was like, “Ma, I could curse. I know how to curse.” And she was like, “Go ‘head, let me see what you got.” Then I was like, “Motherfucker.” [Laughs] Then she was like, “Na, don’t say that.” [Laughs]
I’m not a fan of that word. It sound like some real frat boy, keg shit. Like, “I like tits!” I like to say “breasts.” I’d never say to a girl, “Nice tits.” Hell no. You say that, and it sounds like you don’t even want pussy. [Laughs] If you say that, you might as well say, “I don’t want to fuck right now.” [Laughs]
Awesome. So on a side note, you told us back in December that you wanted to be butt-naked on the cover of your next album, but Mac Miller did it first. Are you still going to do it?
Hell yeah! I’m butt-naked on the cover of Kismet. I don’t care. I’m sure my shit is bigger than his, so I ain’t even gotta worry about that. [Laughs]