Interview | MC Lars & Mega Ran [VIDEO]

Interview | MC Lars & Mega Ran [VIDEO]

Nerdcore hip-hop royalty – MC Lars and Mega Ran – sat down for a chat with The Unheard Nerd at their recent show in London.

Ahead of the final show of their spring 2019 UK tour in London, MC Lars and Mega Ran met with me to discuss their new collaboration, ‘The Dewey Decibel System’, the tenth anniversary of Lars’ seminal album, ‘This Gigantic Robot Kills’ and why he’s retiring one of his most beloved songs from his live set, at least for now.

With a slight chill hanging in the air on an early April evening MC Lars and Mega Ran settle onto a pub bench in an alleyway outside of the Sebright Arms in East London.

When I arrived Lars was his usual restless self. Ever on the move. Always upbeat and keen to get on with things. In stark contrast, Mega Ran is dozing in a comfy chair in one corner of the pub. A recent mid-tour return to the states for a performance at the ‘Ring of Honor’ wrestling event in New York’s  famous Madison Square Garden was an opportunity not to be passed up. The jet lag by now is clearly catching up with the amicable rapper.

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I’ve met both rappers numerous times now, and interviewed each for their solo work. On this occasion they have a collaborative project to promote, a recently kickstarted album called ‘The Dewey Decibel System’. In the interview Ran and Lars explain the preparation work they had to do before writing the album which uses famous works of literature as its source material.

In addition to premiering new material the show tonight is also a celebration of MC Lars’ ‘The Gigantic Robot Kills’ album. Now ten years old, fans are treated to a live performance of tracks from the album with a live band accompaniment. But with a decade behind the record, Lars reveals why he’s going to be retiring tracks from ‘This Gigantic Robot Kills’ from his live shows, in particular one that’s particularly close to heart.

Check out the full interview below, be sure to subscribe, like and comment.

About MC Lars | Northern California rapper, MC Lars, recently released his 4th full-length studio album, the Zombie Dinosaur LP. He has returned home to the Bay Area after living in Los Angeles these past three years, and is self-producing his new album with help from friends in Berkeley and San Francisco.

About Mega Ran | When LA Weekly said that Ran’s “fanbase and niche audiences are growing at a rate not seen since Tech N9ne,” they meant it. A former middle school teacher, Mega Ran (formerly Random) blends education, hip-hop and gaming in amazing new ways, penetrating the farthest reaches of the galaxy with his unique rhyme style and electric performances.

Will Harrison

About the author | Will Harrison

Founder of The Unheard Nerd. A husband and father of two girls, Will is a fan of Nerdcore Hip-Hop, a comics fiend, a podcast host and champion of independent nerd culture. | Follow will on twitter: @TheUnheardNerd

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