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.
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.