MC Lars | 03.04.07

With the new age of kids permanently plugged into some type of electronic device that delivers both conversation and music, MC Lars understands where technology and music converge.

 

Cicero's, St. Louis

Post-punk laptop rap is a category that breaches all conventionalism by breaking the boundaries of boredom and plugging itself in for the iMusic generation. That might not make much sense, but MC Lars understands it; after all, he invented this phenomenon that might make a person scratch their head in confusion.

MC Lars combines awesomely honest rap lyrics that cross right over the border of disdain for today's world with samples that nobody would ever imagine using. But hey, it works. He uses Supergrass in "Ahab," and he's all the more inventive for it. With the new age of kids permanently plugged into some type of electronic device that delivers both conversation and music, MC Lars understands where technology and music converge. He capitalizes on iPods and MySpace's popularity and combines his creative lyrics with beats from his computer, ultimately reinventing the production of homemade music that has a razor-sharp edge.

He delivers his music with style and enthusiasm, to say the very least. It's obvious through his stage presence that he takes it seriously, but still knows that he's having a blast at the same time. "Down This Song" features vocals by Bowling for Soup's Jaret Reddick, who brings a certain flavor of humorous antics to the song. It appropriately nails corporate execs for missing the boat with MP3s and jacking up compact disc prices to excessive levels. MC Lars knows that the free music exchange will prevail and people will pay for their music when the companies that provide it have more respect for the consumer.

Other songs like "Roommate From Hell," "Internet Relationships (Are Not Real Relationships)," and "Hot Topic Is Not Punk" are snippets of what this guy's psyche churns out onto the page and into the mic. His band backs him up all the way, elevating the stage presence to a place that hits a person square between the eyes. MC Lars takes real life and spins it into a sarcastic mix of rap and rhythm that makes you move and makes you think, "Damn, somebody finally gets it."

Anyone who grew up watching Run-DMC on Yo MTV Raps, booting up Prodigy in the early days of the Internet only to eventually download everything possible on Napster years later, will totally get this post-punk laptop rap. | Janelle Greenwood

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