Sacramento’s Signor Benedick the Moor is 20 years old Christian A McLaurin who creates wonderfully weird – self-released and self-produced – hip hop that his PR described as if Danny Brown rapped over super theory-based Renaissance music. While that descript sounds accurate for most parts on El Negro, his debut full-length, there are also elements of noisy electronics and metal-ish sounds on several tracks, explained by his background in metal and hardcore bands. But it’s the most “conventional” track on the album that stands out. On “..//End” he drops some seriously skilled and personal lines about dropping out of college, being an old soul, and not concerning himself too much what others do. The dark and self-reflecting lyrics are escorted by a laid-back groove that culminates in an intense, almost claustrophobic noise.
McLaurin’s unusual moniker is a mash of two Shakespeare characters; Much Ado About Nothing’s main character Benedick, and “Aaron the Moor”. Both these characters work at a personal level for McLaurin, who identifies with both.; “I’ve felt like an outsider since I began to form my self-awareness, because of my half-white, half-black heritage, and because I always seemed to think so much differently than everyone else.”, he recently explained.