He sent us some ultra special factoids about himself that you all should mos def mention to him at the festival.
1) I do a lot of international shows and every time I fly, I confuse the TSA people with my carry-on luggage. It's rare that they see a bag with a stuffed raven puppet (which I use for my Poe song), a Zelda NES cartridge on a fake gold chain (that I wear as a tribute to Run-DMC), and the piles of USB robots (with my albums that I sell). It often makes the people operating X-ray machines very confused.
2) Before doing hip-hop, I used to make house music in the 90s under the DJ moniker "Lars Horris", one of my songs was played in clubs in France. Afterwards, I played bass in a hardcore band called "Amophteric" (which is an obscure chemistry term for something that has both acidic and basic elements; yes, I was a virgin most of high school). I started rapping as "MC Lars Horris" in college but dropped the "Horris" in 2004. Horris Records is the name of my label.
3) When I'm not rapping in clubs, I often teach hip-hop writing workshops around the world.
4) I got my BA in English at Stanford and was one class away from my minor in Psychology. I lovingly blame Bowling for Soup for that - I graduated a year early so I could tour with them when their song "1985" was all over the radio in 2005, opting to play shows with them in the US and UK that year instead of getting my master's degree in psychology.
Now here's Mr. Horris himself with...
The LP Questionnaire
Name: MC Lars
Do you have any nicknames?
Andrew (my real name)
DJ Drew (my radio name at KZSU in college)
NA$TY FELIXXX (my foul-mouthed alter ego)
1. Pretend you’re 15. Name three songs you'd put on a mix tape for your girlfriend/boyfriend.
- Marilyn Manson - "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
- Insane Clown Posse - "Under the Moon"
- Tori Amos - "Past the Mission" (featuring Trent Reznor)
2. Which evil villain would make the best President? Judge Doom - he'd always give special attention to the needs of the Department of Transportation
3. What was your favorite cartoon as a child? Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (does a movie count? If not, Ninja Turtles)
4. What superpower do you wish you had? The power of flight (but it's all good, these days my fly rhymes compensate for this).
5. What would the title of your autobiography be? How to Somehow Make a Career Rapping about Poe and Shakespeare Over Punk Rock Samples on Your Laptop and Continue to Do So into Your 30s
Awol One: This dude has been on the periphery of indie rap for years and I've always looked up to him. He did a record with Nathaniel from 3Oh!3 a few years ago that people slept on, but I thought it was amazing. His track "Rhythm" with Daddy Kev is a classic!!
DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia: I saw Three 6 Mafia at Paid Dues in 2012 in a small-ish venue and they were deliciously rambunctious. There were mosh pits, you don't usually see that a lot at hip-hop festivals. People forget that this group have abut ten songs that everyone loves but don't remember are Three 6 Mafia's. I plan on showing set some love, Paul still makes it a little less difficult to be out here engaged in the activity of pimping.
Hopsin: This dude came up on my Pandora last year and I went and downloaded all of his stuff off the Pirate Bay. He was an actor on "That's So Raven" back in the day, now he wears crazy contacts, disses Odd Future, and makes aggressive, scary rap music. His cadences are very Eminem-inspired and his beats are really well produced. Have been meaning to catch this kid for awhile - stoked to have the opportunity. He's been doing great things ever since he left Ruthless Records.
Thanks a million MC Lars - or should I thank NA$TY FELIXXX?
This will be on the test, EW