It’s not exactly easy finding artists for Closed Sessions and Digital Freshness. They have to be in the right space at the right time. The stars couldn’t have aligned any better for Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire. Coming off our Closed Session with Action Bronson, eXquire wasn’t just the next logical choice, he was the only choice. eX personified so much of New York City Hip Hop in 2011-2012. He was at the forefront of a new scene of underground rap, one that from a distance, seemed to resemble the energy we were experiencing in Chicago.
eXquire was also in an interesting place in his career. His video, “Huzzah”, was a viral smash. It accumulated hundreds of thousands of views, got eXquire on several “artist to watch” lists him, and opened the door for him to be a finalist for the XXL 2012 Freshman cover. But, what does all that really mean for an artist in 2012? Is online buzz the same as having a true fan base? And at what point do youtube views translate into ways to feed yourself and your family? eXquire’s new Closed Sessions record, “Lost In Transition”, takes aim at those questions over some grimy production from Chicago’s Mike Jaxx, while the new documentary details his first trip to Chicago, the importance of his crew, and his first time recording in a proper studio.
Watch the new Closed Sessions documentary via MTV2 Sucker Free and download “Lost In Transition” on the next page. Closed Sessions Vol. 2 drops in full August 30th with release party at Reggie’s. Video by Tony Shane.