It is pretty obvious that I am not a huge fan of hip-hop music. There’s only a handful of hip-hop artists/groups I actually enjoy: Madvillain, MF Doom/Viktor Vaughn, Buck 65, Atmosphere, Edan, Dizzee Rascal, The Streets, Wu-Tang, and Natalie Portman. Right now, I am totally into MC Lars’ new album The Graduate! I have been a member of Operation Lars since 2004, when The Laptop EP was released. Without a doubt, the highlight of that EP is "Singing Emo", which is also on The Graduate. This hilarious song looks at the lost meaning and authenticity of emo and what mainstream media had made emo to be. "Singing Emo" pokes fun at a fictional major label A&R scout named Marty who is in search for a generic 'emo' band to sell. He ends up signing a band called Hearts that Hate (haha, how 'emo') which features a ridiculously generic chorus. Another standout song is "Generic Crunk Rap": which states the fact that hip-hop music is going down the drain due to simplicity lyrics and pointless product placements. Brilliant track!! "Hot Topic Is Not Punk Rock" is another hilarious song about kids spending their parents’ money buying shits from Hot Topic to try to be 'punk rock'. Almost all the tracks are flawless! One most likely needs to understand his references and lyrics in order to enjoy The Graduate. You may need to have a slight knowledge of the punk and emo culture; otherwise, you’d probably think the album is pretty stupid. For instance, if you don’t know the sample in "Download This Song", you may not understand the irony and humour. Likewise, if you are not familiar with Hot Topic, "Topic Is Not Punk Rock" will not make sense to you. MC Lars is smart, funny, and entertaining. Plus, he sent me a Christmas postcard back in 2004, so I am obligated to support him!