MC Lars – Notes From Toontown | Review

MC Lars – Notes From Toontown | Review

Lit-Hop rapper MC Lars pays tribute to one of his favourite fandoms with an EP dedicated to Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

It doesn’t get much more niche than hip-hop based on the 1988 movie ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’, but it’s this kind of genre specific music that’s seen MC Lars grow a fiercely loyal global fanbase.

If you’ve ever met him you’ll know, Lars is the nicest guy. He’s generous and always takes time to connect with his fans via social media and in person at shows. This endearing quality earns him new recruits to the MC Lars fanclub everywhere he goes. He frequently releases material through his Patreon account where subscribers pay small amounts in return for regular new music. Then occasionally he throws out an unexpected new EP.

On this occasion it’s a six song release telling aspects of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ in the first person from the perspective of the characters, plus a full commentary to accompany the movie (obvs!). More on that later.

Lars has long hyped the film as one of his favourites, and it’s no surprise that it has become the focus of his music. It’s what he does. He has a positive philosophy and creates art from his passions. It’s how his fan favourite song ‘Mr Raven’, based on the work of poet Edgar Allan Poe came to be.

– standout track –

‘Notes From Toontown’ is an easily accessible listening experience. It’s hip-hop lite. There’s nothing challenging or edgy to it. Quite the opposite. You could play this to your kids. They wouldn’t know why you’re doing that, the EP is best enjoyed if you’re familiar with the subject matter. But it’s easy listening and, dare I say it, quite basic in it’s approach. Point A to B.

As is to be expected from any hip-hop release, there are featured artists. Nerdcore royalty, Schaffer the Darklord, Beefy and Mega Ran all provide vocals. A real tick-box for Nerdcore hip-hop fans.

Not being a particular fan of the subject matter (I saw ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ when it was released, never since) I enjoyed ‘Notes from Toontown’ as a twenty minute taste of nostalgia. Realistically, it’s not something I’ll give that many repeat plays. It is however and upbeat experience with an abundance of call and response moments to have you singing along in no time.

If you are a fan of the film, which to be fair, was groundbreaking in it’s time for incredible use of animation and live-action, then you may enjoy the one hour forty four minute movie commentary that comes at the end of the release. An exclusive if you purchase through bandcamp for $6.50.


3 out 5

Nostalgic fun and easily accessible, but far too throwaway – 3/5

MC Lars - Notes From Toontown

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.

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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