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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
MC Lars
The Laptop EP
Sidecho Records

Rating: 5/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Q: What do Edgar Allen Poe, white rap, and Piebald have in common?

A: MC Lars.

Fusing white bread hip-hop and emo automatically makes MC Lars the white-rap savior of the dork population. However, his tactics tear away at the necessary street-cred backbone of hip-hop, ultimately undermining the seriousness of his commentary.

On disc opener, "iGeneration," he begins his trend of being too cheesy to be taken seriously. Add a sample of Piebald's "American Hearts," a cheesy song in it's own right, and it certainly doesn't help matters. He attempts to make light of our technology-based society, but interjecting "the iGeneration" between Travis Shettel's shouts of "Hey! You're part of it!" makes even Vanilla Ice sound cool.

"Hurricane Fresh" doesn't exactly aid his cause either. While sampling the riff from Scorpion's cheese-tastic "Rock You Like a Hurricane" (admittedly one of my classic faves), MC Lars repeatedly proclaims his freshness. Greek gods would smite him in a second.

Ironically, too, on "Signing Emo," Lars takes a stab at the very genre most of his songs sample. His commentary on label-driven trends nicely bashes the find it/sell it/ kill it industry mentality, but again, the goofiness of it all just ruins the poignancy.

Lastly and most notably is "Mr. Raven." Poetry buffs could be equally amused or appalled over this reinvention of the Poe classic. Lyrics like, "Who's that rapping at my chamber door/ Mr. Raven/ All up in my grill like nevermore" should either endear MC Lars to you or see The Laptop EP plummet to coaster status.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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