MC Lars may be one of the world’s most well-known underground rappers.
Starting out in 1999, Lars has carved a great path in the last dozen years, having toured and performed with everyone from Lupe Fiasco and Nas to Bowling For Soup and Simple Plan. Lars is the self-proclaimed originator of “post-punk laptop rap,” wherein his laptop was his musical accompaniment when he started. Using samples from bands such as Supergrass and Fugazi, Lars established his ethic of “DIY” (do it yourself) from the outset.
In later years, Lars has come to still use the laptop in performances, but mostly for soundbites, as he now has a full-band accompaniment. Aside from performing with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Lars will also be on this year’s Vans Warped Tour.
Joining Lars on the Warped tour and several other places will be Weerd Science, aka Joshua Eppard (formerly of Coheed and Cambria). Off the heels of his latest album, Sick Kids, Weerd Science has formed an alliance with Lars based off of a longtime friendship. Hours on the road and in the studio together have given birth to a new beast entirely.
Lars’ Horris Records has recently released its first album, Weerd Science’s Sick Kids. Lars and Science have both been promoting the album as well as the label, which is also set to release an introductory mixtape this year with the likes of MC Frontalot, Sage Francis, and KRS-ONE. Lars also appeared on CNN to give more info about the label.
We recently got a chance to talk to both MC Lars and Weerd Science regarding the label, the new album, and what’s to come from the new home of DIY Hip-Hop, Horris Records.
What led to the formation of Horris Records? Is this something you’ve been building towards, as far as having your own label, or did the idea come in the more recent stages of your career?