(Juicy Records, 2014)
Have you heard of Signior Benedick the Moor? If not, you haven’t been paying attention, at least not to us, as we’ve dropped some serious coverage on you like three times now. That’s one, two, three. And though we didn’t necessarily cover his spectacular debut, El Negro (re-released this year in physical format on Deathbomb Arc), it’s a piece of music you’d be irresponsible not to listen to. It anticipates a great hip-hop renaissance only hinted at by even the most experimental or prolific artists. And I haven’t even mentioned the two limited Deathbomb tapes. That’s right, there are one, two. There are enough links here to shake that ass at.
And now hear this! British/Portugese label Juicy Records is about to drop Benny’s next jam, the new 12″ Opus 3 – A Man Atop the Tower, and it’s true to form, gang. But don’t take my word for it. Or do – that’s why you come here, isn’t it? Anyway, take Juicy’s word as well:
A timeless story that has never been told, an exploration of intricate emotional depths in characters that will stay with you long after listening.
Signor Benedick The Moor delivers his most immersive and compelling work to date, in this new 12” LP that ventures into a new universe beyond his critically acclaimed debut album El Negro but still as charismatic and genre-breaking as ever.
With the artist delivering production, rhymes and artwork into a single conceptual piece – with a little help from Jonathan Snipes (of clipping. fame) and Thomas Dimuzio on mixing and mastering respectively – this is Benedick’s great opera in form of a record, a mature third opus in a very recent but already impressive body of work that yet stands out on its own and shows an evolution in songwriting and production style.
Call if fringe rap, punk rap, left field, experimental madness…Signor Benedick The Moor is a force to be reckoned with, sonically groundbreaking, acting without aesthetical constrainers.
Celebrating Juicy Records’ return to vinyl releases, we proudly present our most detailed record to date: a 140g vinyl record in “frosted” clear colour, complete with original artwork on both outside jacket cover and inner sleeve. Detailed lyrics insert sheet and digital download card included inside.
Here’s a video interview shot in a nice but windy rooftop in New York back in June, where Benny finally took time to answer questions sent by fans and talk about the new record. Thanks to Robert for being such a cool guy with the such a beautiful dog.
Benedick is Benny is also becoming a non-stop live machine with a November West Coast Tour lined up, here’s all his upcoming live dates:
5th October at The Smell in LA with:
clipping., Divtech, Evolve, Decide Today, I.E., Gang Wizard
11th October at Tribal Café in LA with:
Meta Mantra (from Portland), Safari Al
18th October at Superchief Gallery in LA:
as part of True Neutral Crew
West Coast Tour
Nov 5th in Tucson TBA
Nov 6th in Phoenix TBA
Nov 8th at The Lunchroom in Anaheim
Nov 9th at Onefam in Oakland
Nov 10th in San Francisco TBA
Nov 12th at Bat Cave (House Show) In Arcata
Nov 14th in Seattle TBA
Nov 16th at The Know in Portland
Nov 17th at The Basement (House Show) in Chico
Nov 19th in Sacramento TBA
Get in touch if you can help with the TBA dates.
As if that weren’t enough, you can preview this bad boy right here. I am not kidding, SB the Moor is the future. SB the Moor is for the children. SB the Moor likes Firefly. (Well, who doesn’t.) And hey, by the time you read this, the record will be out! Get busy.