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The Graduate

March 21, 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Label: Horris Records
  • Copyright: 2010 Horris Records
  • Total Length: 41:12
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B003A9SOUQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,071 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It's a fun album and I must admit being hyped up when listening to it.
Lindsey C.
It turns out that even the most played-out sound can be made new again with solid song-writing and genuine energy from the artist making the music.
trashcanman
As it turns out I've really enjoyed a lot of the songs "especially Space Game".
MJ23447

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MJ23447 VINE VOICE on June 1, 2006
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I heard "Download this Song" on LAUNCHcast and I was like "what"? Is this guy actually encouraging people to download his song? Then I caught the lyrics trashing the big record labels.

So I checked a little deeper and MC Lars is on Nettwerk Records and they state on their website "as per Nettwerk copyrights, we have never sued anybody and all our music is open source to encourage fans to share it with others and help us promote our Artists."

That was enough all by itself to get me to buy the CD. As it turns out I've really enjoyed a lot of the songs "especially Space Game". I DID see a copyight warning on the CD jacket however. Maybe they will want to eventually stop you from just "downloading that song".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By slimpunk on March 26, 2006
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Without a doubt, MC Lars' "The Graduate" is one of the most original and musically innovative efforts I've heard from a single artist in years. Released on his own label, this full-length album follows Lars' equally awesome 2004 release, "The Laptop EP."

MC Lars is not rap in the traditional sense, but what he likes to call "post-punk laptop rap." His songs reflect the best of many genres, spanning old school hip-hop acts like Public Enemy and Run DMC, to punk rock, techno, metal, and every alternative in between.

Songs on the album range from being socially conscious to hilarious, or both. "Download This Song" is an excellent, catchy anthem against the record industry featuring Jaret from Bowling For Soup, and sampling Iggy Pop's "The Passenger." "Generic Crunk Rap" lambastes the current state of rap and hip-hop, while "Hot Topic Is Not Punk Rock" features Lars with The Matches totally ragging on the trendy clothing store (ironically, you can buy "The Graduate" from Hot Topic).

"The Roommate From Hell" is a funny track about Lars having a roommate in college who's the devil - literally. "Internet Relationships (Are Not Real Relationships)" holds a few lessons for those obsessed with instant messaging and MySpace, and "Rapgirl" is a emotional and personal story of a romance and a broken heart from Lars.

My personal favorite song has to be "Space Game," simply because it has a kick-ass beat and features extremely cleaver and funny lyrics about science fiction. Fans of MC Lars will recognize older songs "iGeneration" and "Signing Emo." I'm not too happy these were added to the album, since it makes it feel more like a "best of" CD, but I understand that Lars needs to show off his range of talents to newer listeners.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lyndon Harvey on March 22, 2006
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ok, so, for being an avid meta head that really doesnt like rap, i love this album, i got it and within one lsiten, i know it would be one of the best albums of the year. every song is original and different than just about all other rap out there. Lars knows what he is doing with rap, unlike everyone else in the genre with exception of a few.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey C. on April 3, 2006
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It's not easy when you've created your own genre with only a laptop and lyrics. MC Lars knows just what's going on in the world and has insight into many modern issues and complications. I first found MC Lars while surfing MySpace.com. I was amazed at what I found. Without even buying his album I bought one of his T-Shirts. He's simply one of the best artists I've ever heard. Not becuase of his mad looping-computer generated-music skills, but because he honestly knows what he's signing about. This, coming from someone, who is a large fan of emo music and such.

Lars knows what's up and every song reflects something that we have all encountered as youth in the "iGeneration." It's a fun album and I must admit being hyped up when listening to it. It's almost nice to know somebody else out there knows what's going on in your life, maybe even better than yourself.

MC Lars is going to be one of the next biggest things. He doesn't cater to any particular genre, but instead, created his own. I don't care if you're a metal head or a hardcore crunker, you will adore this album. It can supply to many interests, including those which despise popular music. Myself being that category as well.

Amazing album. And he has cool t-shirts too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Mehling on July 3, 2006
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Great CD. All the songs are witty and have something to say. The style of the CD is varied, covering all genres in one way or another. If you're the kind of person who understands sarcasm and is a bit critical of parts of social culture, then this ones for you!
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MC Lars, The Graduate
4.64 stars out of 5

In general, the album consists of inventive, often-funny, lyrical ideas.
Though I like a lot of Lars' material, this is the album that initially introduced me to him, and remains one of my favorites of his.

"Download this Song", "Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock", "Generic Crunk Rap" and "Signing Emo" all brilliantly take aim at the mainstream music industry that Lars is decidedly not part of. [This stems in part from the DIY component of his punk-rock influences; musically-speaking, Lars effectively blends this with various other genres.] However, Lars is still upbeat and positive, rather than morosely tearing into The Industry, sometihng some indies seem to have a habit of doing too much of as far as I'm concerned.

"iGeneration" is an anthem with a large club beat to match the scale.
Its new-generation lyrical theme (and the heavy Internet-media component thereof) somewhat connects it to "Download this Song".

"Hot Topic Is Not Punk Rock" effectively raises the common worry of rebel/outsider imagery being appropriated without bringing the core attitude along, as well as posers more generally.
"Generic Crunk Rap" bemoans the sorry state of a lot of mainstream rap - not just a plug for smart indie rappers such as himself, but also a tribute to great classic MCs. (Grandmaster Flash, KRS-One, Run-DMC, Rakim, Chuck D and De La Soul are specifically named here, but Lars has mentioned other genre favorites elsewhere.)

"21 Concepts" has Lars rapping out his bad unfinished song ideas over the Tetris theme music. I mean, come on, that's geek-classic.
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