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Listen: Signor Benedick The Moor tracks

August 2014

Listen to an exclusive collection of tracks by the Los Angeles rapper Signor Benedick The Moor, featured in The Wire 367

Derek Walmsley reviews Christian McLaurin aka Signor Benedick The Moor's El Negro in The Wire 367: "Independent hiphop turned inward over the past decade, taking a lyrical lead from Lil B’s messiah complex, Death Grips’ psychotic anomie and Odd Future’s adolescent wank fantasies, all aided and abetted by bedroom production chops from the likes of Clams Casino and many others. Signor Benedick The Moor, the Los Angeles rapper who’s “talking to mice in my spare time”, is the logical conclusion, or more accurately, the reductio ad absurdum of this trend."

El Negro is out on Deathbomb Arc


"All Revere [Le Narrateur]"

from El Negro

(previously unreleased)

"Call Of The Wild"
from El Negro

True Neutral Crew
"Modern Art"
from #POPPUNK mixtape

"Now Playing – Flight Of The Flightless Birds – American Beauty Part Two"
from sbthemoor (cassette)


"Signor Benedick The Moor... is the logical conclusion, or more accurately, the reductio ad absurdum of this trend."
This sounds nice and conclusive, but I don't think you described a trend, more a disparate list of artists pushing boundaries in different ways with varied results.

I'd agree that McLaurin is reaching for edgyness, if that's what you meant. I have the album and have play-listed two tracks on my show to date, more to come: Shame I can't play the whole because - although not a first release - it has that feel, that impacting feel of The Streets' first.

Enjoying the welcome synchronicity between what we deem worth playing and what The Wire deems worth putting out there.

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