The 25 Best Songs of 2011

21. Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire "Huzzah"

The Big Apple rap resurgence owes a great deal to heavy doses of nostalgia. But in the hands of Brooklyn's Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, the notion of throwback is presented in terms that are equal parts catchy, crazy, and creative. Aside from its gloriously grotesque video, the triumph of "Huzzah" stems from its unapologetic approach and oddly concise aesthetic, given its multitude of obvious influences. (Pulling in LES legend Necro doesn't hurt either.) Ultimately, eXquire's banger gives that classic, blunted NYC underground sound a proper contemporary retrofit. 

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