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Signor Benedick The Moor - "I. A Boy A Man A King"

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When underground MC Signor Benedick The Moor tags a new track "prog rap," he freakin' means it. This dude has a Bandcamp project drop a little while back that I was sorta hot on. While I think he's a thoughtful MC with a lot of intensity, there was an overt screamo influence running through some of the songs that was a major turnoff for me.

"I. A Boy A Man A King" seems to be a bit of an afterthought or leftover from that album--I'm assuming because of the cover art--and I'm loving it. The lofty, multifaceted instrumental on this track is fantastic, and Signor's over-the-top delivery grips my attention instantly. Yeah, he sounds a bit too much like Danny Brown on this particular track, but the diversity of his delivery becomes more apparent after listening to other tracks.

Despite an obvious influence, Signor is still incredibly convincing on this track, bringing a schizophrenic flow to the table as he attacks the numbness one might feel toward all the suffering in the world--or at least that's what I'm picking up from it.

The way he speeds up with the tempo in the second half of the track is stellar, too. This dude's got too much talent to be hanging in the underground too much longer, seriously. Enjoy!