The Edgar Allan Poe EP by MC Lars on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from the Bay Area, MC Lars is one of the biggest names in the "nerd rap" subset and has been putting out ultra-goofy, hyper-literate, left-field hip-hop since the late '90s. Similar in sound and content to jokey bands like They Might Be Giants and The Dead Milkmen (who actually appear on this album), he runs his own independent label (Horris Records) and has cultivated a seriously devoted fan base whose members populate message boards and eagerly await each new release. Musically, his sound's all over the place, sampling everything from classical to emo. His concert accompaniment generally includes a laptop and/or a punk rock band; he calls his style "post-punk laptop rap." While it's unlikely to set off a frenzy at the local club, his music is legitimately funny and uniquely entertaining. Highly recommended for fans of MC Chris, Paul Barman, and Adult Swim

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from the Bay Area, MC Lars is one of the biggest names in the "nerd rap" subset and has been putting out ultra-goofy, hyper-literate, left-field hip-hop since the late '90s. Similar in sound and content to jokey bands like They Might Be Giants and The Dead Milkmen (who actually appear on this album), he runs his own independent label (Horris Records) and has cultivated a seriously devoted fan base whose members populate message boards and eagerly await each new release. Musically, his sound's all over the place, sampling everything from classical to emo. His concert accompaniment generally includes a laptop and/or a punk rock band; he calls his style "post-punk laptop rap." While it's unlikely to set off a frenzy at the local club, his music is legitimately funny and uniquely entertaining. Highly recommended for fans of MC Chris, Paul Barman, and Adult Swim

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About MC Lars

MC Lars (real name: Andrew Nielsen) began making hip-hop-based tapes while still a kid, but was sidetracked from rap by such traditionally important issues (to teenagers) as playing guitar in a punk band and getting accepted to a college. Nielsen went to Stanford and then did an exchange stint at Oxford, but all the while he was fiddling with desktop productions and developing his quirky, pop-culture-savvy style. Boisterous live gigs and word of mouth built buzz for Lars' home-studio raps (influences: everything from Atom & His Package and Weird Al Yankovic to KRS-One and the Beastie Boys).

London imprint Truck Records issued a Lars full-length, Radio Pet Fencing, in 2003, and the MC followed that with U.S. and U.K. tour dates. While the entirety of Fencing was recorded on his computer, the 2004 EP Laptop -- while still charmingly simplistic -- was a comparatively grander production, with samples of notable rockers (Piebald, Brand New) and a stronger melodic sense. Cuts like "iGeneration" and "Signing Emo" were hits with downloaders and mtvU viewers, and MC Lars did live dates with groups like Gym Class Heroes and Bowling for Soup through spring 2005. The full-length The Graduate -- as MC Lars could hence call himself a Stanford alum -- appeared in March 2006.

In 2009, he collaborated with Weird Al Yankovic on "True Player for Real," a track from This Gigantic Robot Kills, and he was joined by KRS-One and Sage Francis for Lars Attacks! in 2011. One year later, the Edgar Allan Poe EP dropped. Lars' 2015 project, The Zombie Dinosaur LP, was funded by Kickstarter and featured appearances from Kool Keith and Watsky, among others; it reached Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Next came the 2016 mixtape Donald Trump Has Very Bad Morals and a 2017 EP, Revenge of the Nerd. ~ Johnny Loftus

  • ORIGIN
    Berkeley, CA
  • BORN
    Oct 6, 1982

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