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DOWNLOAD | Rndm – Mega Ran
We have another excellent feature from Mega Ran, with an exclusive 25 Facts about his most recent album “RNDM”. Please support Mega Ran by downloading RNDM from the iTunes link listed above.
1. The original title was “Wouldn’t Miss It For The World.” I’ve mentioned this before, but I don’t know if I’ve told why. I originally used to be a gospel rapper, and the album I was working on back then, maybe 2004 or so, had that title. The concept was that no matter how great things became, or what material posessions I’d have, I wouldn’t miss my shot at eternity for anything or anyone.
2. The Introduction Changed Four Times. I went to a Tech N9ne show for the first time in 2013, and that’s when I got my original idea for an intro. At the end of the show, Tech rapped some sort of pledge, or motto to the crowd, and they all knew the words. I later learned that this motto appears on every Tech album. I wanted my new album to start with a pledge of allegiance of sorts, that I would rap at each show at the beginning. The pledge I wrote was a spoken word poem with no music under it, and while I thought it was dope, it ultimately wasn’t me. I’m not a huge fan of acapellas at shows (no disrespect to anyone that does it, some make it work REALLY well), but I decided to go in a different direction, which was then a HARD rap intro with a beat by DiBia$e. I later scrapped that as well, but it may resurface. I played a show in Japan with a band in late 2014, and they love piano out there. I then decided that I wanted a piano track. I asked 2 great pianists for tracks, but ultimately I decided to contact Michiru Yamane, award-winning composer, and asked her to compose based on my words and feelings, and when I heard it, this current intro just flew out of my pen.
3. The original track listing was over 30 songs. I liked them all, and considered releasing RNDM as a double album. I didn’t wind up doing that. But some of those songs will surface in the next few years I think.
4. “The Meeting” was supposed to have a sequel. I originally planned for “The Meeting” to be two separate songs, where Random would come back and be supportive of Mega Ran’s transformation. I didn’t feel like it needed to end, so to speak, they could agree to disagree.
5. One track is lost forever. I had to cut a track I LOVED from this album, called “Wouldn’t Miss It For The World (sound familiar?)” all because of a producer not being able to get me the multi-track stems of his beat. He told me his computer had crashed, and that he was about to get kicked out of his home if he didn’t have $200 for rent… I felt for him and I gave him the money and he not only didn’t get me the beat, he stopped returning my calls and emails altogether. What a dweeb. That’s a lot of the reason the album title changed.
6. “Introvert Bars” was supposed to be longer. I had an entire song around it but it wasn’t as fun as the beginning was. So I re-did it several times, and then in sequencing, I accidentally realized it sounded perfect right before “Your Favorite Song.”
7. The album took 3, maybe 4 years to complete. I released “Losses” with Joell and MURS in 2013, but didn’t put it out until 2014, which is still a year ahead of the album. Infinite Lives was also released a year before the release date. And related to that…
8. “Believe” is seven years old. When we lived together, DJ DN3 and I just recorded tracks. A lot of music was made then. Most of it has been released, but one thing that never got out was an album called “The House Project,” that he made with our housemates. I appeared on a few tracks and the final track was “Believe.” I loved the song, but since the album never came out, it sat and sat. I asked DN3 if I could use it on this album, but I wanted to beef it up since it was so old. I looked around for organ players, and then got hit up by Packy of the band “I Fight Dragons” who knocked it out of the park. I had no idea he had so much soul.
9. “The Meeting’s concept was born in an interview. About a year ago, an interviewer asked me, “are you ever gonna make one of those ‘split personality songs’ where you talk to yourself? I laughed it off and said “nah, not likely.” I then went home and watched the play “The Meeting” about Martin Luther King meeting Malcolm X. And then I wrote “The Meeting.”
10. The female vocalist on “Laughin At Ya (That’s Crazy)” is from Fiverr. That’s right. I hired a vocalist from India to give me some vocals for the song that I written and she did the job. Originally her vocals were to be placeholders for another singer, but that singer cancelled her session and I was heading on the road, so the $5 vocals stuck. She asked not to be credited by name. That’s Crazy.
11. “Mackerel Sky” is the result of listening to too much Aesop Rock. I listened to 3 people during the making of this album: Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan and Aesop Rock. I was determined to make a few songs on this album that wouldn’t be immediately decipherable upon first listen. Mackerel and Promised Land are those songs. I wrote Mackerel Sky specifically for the purpose of breaking it down in depth, one day down the line. Turns out it was a banging track. Ironically, AF THE NAYSAYER originally used this beat as a remix for Aesop’s “None Shall Pass.” I heard it at a show and asked him about it, and boom.
12. The Meeting was re-recorded the most times, maybe 5. I usually record stuff once to get it down, then again at the big studio, but this one didn’t have the right amount of emotion on it the first few takes, so I had to do it again, and then again, and again.
13. Joell Ortiz probably doesn’t like me. I asked him to send me a CLEAN verse for this album and though his verse is mostly clean, he uses 2 of the 7 words you can’t say on radio or TV. I asked him to redo his verse and he refused, and even got a little offended. He didn’t want his verse edited, but eventually agreed to it…I think.
14. MURS’ verse on “Losses” took less than 12 hours. If there’s one chance I wish I could get back it’s that one. I dig my verse a lot, but I feel like he had it down and murdered that one. He got me that verse within the same day and it was REALLY impressive.
15. Someone stole the beat for “Your Favorite Song.” Tunesmith (the producer) told me that he sent out a beat tape with that track on it to several other MCs and one young guy from Cali just rapped on the beat and put it on his soundcloud without even talking to him. It’s rappers like that guy that give us a bad name. You probably will never hear it, but if you do, you know the story now.
16. I’ve never met 4 of the producers on the album. Al Maccio, Tunesmith and PR Beats and Marcus Banks are just dope beatmakers who sent me tracks that they’d made with me in mind… they worked. I’d always dreamed of being an artist that producers name beats after, like “Mega Ran-Type Beat”
17. Me and Wordburglar think alike. So on Wordburglar’s new album, I appear on a track called “Warp Formula” which is all about space travel, and he appears on my album on Space Defense Team, all about space travelling bounty hunters.
18. Kool Keith was a dream to work with. I sent him the song with my verses and hook on it and he immediately agreed to hop on and even made suggestions on the song direction, which was awesome. A dream to be able to bounce ideas off of a legendary MC.
19. Matt Weiss did a LOT on this album. He mixed the entire record, played some bass on Miss Communication, did background vocals on several tracks and more. I can’t say enough about his talent level and how much he leveled up this record.
20. Laughin At Ya was a joke. It was supposed to be a skit, but became a whole song. I wrote it so fast that I just didn’t think it deserved to be a part of the album. But it was entertaining and had a sound that I had never experimented with before. So we kept it.
21. Alternate Endings is inspired by the Professor Layton x Phoenix Wright game. In that game, in an alternate world, Layton meets Phoenix Wright, who is a baker, and not a lawyer. So that inspired me to make a song in which someone would meet me in my alternate life. I used to want to be a dentist. It’s true. Up until my sophomore year of college, I was determined to be a dental hygenist. Then I failed biology and decided to change course.
22. Rushmore was a hard song to write. My original plan was to rap each verse in an attempt to impersonate each artist that I was talking about, but I decided not to, though I felt I had done a good job with the voices and flow of each. But I thought that would sound too tongue-in-cheek, when it wasn’t a funny song at all.
23. “Revisions” probably ensures I’ll never teach again. I let out a lot of serious behind-the-curtain stuff that teachers and administrators know, but no one says. I started writing this while I was still teaching, so maybe mid 2011.
24. “The Promised Land” is my career in a nutshell. It works on a number of levels, but it initially was written to be a parallel of my relationship with nerdcore. I feel like I helped knock down a wall that encouraged people of color to be themselves and embrace their nerdiness, but once the wall was down, everyone tried to repeat the same formula and it became overcrowded, to the point where I felt like the outcast. If that wall were still up, I’d be protected, but without it, I’m exposed.
25. “Mighty” was the impossible song, but we got it done. I got an email from Comcept while on the road with Storyville and Danimal this year, and they gave me a short deadline for a very intricate track… they wanted an EIGHT MINUTE song that included a voice clip from every high level backer. You’ll hear that version on the game when it comes out in 2016.
EXCLUSIVE | Mega Ran and Bag of Tricks Cat Interview
DOWNLOAD | Mega Ran – RNDM
Following months of anticipation regarding it’s release, we can now download and listen to Mega Ran’s latest album “RNDM”. We saw a number of promotional tracks prior to the release, along with other news and music ventures which saw songs and shows with the likes of K-Murdock and Bag of Tricks Cat. I highly recommend dowloading Mega Ran’s latest RNDM album from the iTunes link above, and I’ve also posted the artwork and track listing here. You can also watch the exclusive Mega Ran and Bag of Tricks Cat interview with Hip-Hop Kings on the link listed above.
1. Same As It Ever Was (w/piano by Michiru Yamane)
2. Infinite Lives (feat. D&D Sluggers, beat by Marcus Banks)
3. Rushmore (feat. Doc Awk, beat by Lazerbeak)
4. Introvert Bars (beat by PR Beats)
5. Your Favorite Song (beat by Tunesmith)
6. The Meeting (beat by K-Murdock)
7. Mackerel Sky (feat. RoQy TyRaiD, beat by AF THE NAYSAYER, cuts by DJ MoNiklz)
8. O.P. (feat. Richie Branson and Storyville, beat by Lost Perception)
9. Laughin’ At Ya (That’s Crazy) (beat by Al Maccio)
10. Altern8 Endings (feat. Open Mike Eagle, beat by AKT AKTION)
11. Revisions (feat. Elle Winston, beat by DJ Big Serg)
12. A Poet (beat by Fresh Kils)
13. The Promised Land (an allegory) (beat by Dony5ive)
14. Miss Communication (beat by Shelshoc)
15. Space Defense Team (Alien Swarm Part 1) [feat. Kool Keith and Wordburglar] (beat by RND1)
16. Believe! (beat by DJ DN3 and RandomBeats)
17. Losses (feat. Joell Ortiz and MURS, beat by Alex Minor)
18. BONUS TRACK: Mighty (beat by DJ DN3, K-Murdock)
PREVIOUS | Mega Ran – Sammus
This is the new release from Mega Ran titled “Believe” which is taken from his upcoming album RDNM. Rapzilla hosted the single which is one of many we expect to hear from Mega Ran in the forthcoming weeks while we see more promotional material for RNDM. Producer credits go to DJ DN3 and Mega Ran explains, as the title suggests, the track dives into Mega’s faith. You can listen to Mega Ran – Believe on the soundcloud player below.
DOWNLOAD | Soul Veggies – Mega Ran & Storyville
Random AKA Mega Ran is regularly featured on Hip-Hop Kings, and we are delighted to share his latest single titled “Artillery Remix”. Mega Ran calls upon the talent of Esoteric, REKS and Reef The Lost Cauze for a remix which was premiered on HipHopDX earlier this week. Production credits go to Small Pro and there is no word on an official video for the remix at the moment. The original “Artillery” is featured on Mega Ran’s recent album “Soul Veggies” which can be downloaded from the iTunes link listed above. You can listen to Mega Ran ft Esoteric, REKS and Reef The Lost Cauze – Artillery Remix on the soundcloud player below.
DOWNLOAD | Soul Veggies – Mega Ran & Storyville
Following the release of Mega Ran’s latest album “Soul Veggies” I wanted to share the recent single “Gone”. Mega Ran teams up with Sammus for the single which fans can download on the link listed above. Mega Ran has also announced a huge US tour with Sammus and Storyville starting from the 5th of March until the 19th of March. Please drop Mega Ran a message on his Twitter (@MegaRan) or OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE to get him back out to the UK. Check the link above for the interview we did last time he was here. You can listen to Mega Ran ft Sammus – Gone on the soundcloud player below.
March 5 @ Home Sweet Home, NYC
March 6 @ Boston Convention Center, Boston, MA
March 7 @ Sweetwater, Boston, MA
March 8 @ Singers, Syracuse, NY
March 9 @ Flashback Lounge, Watertown, NY
March 10 @ Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
March 11 @ Super Fly Comics and Games, Yellow Springs, OH
March 12 @ Maddies, Cincinnati
March 13-14 @ A&G Con, Covington, KY
March 15 @ Smoke and Barrel, Fayetteville, AR
March 16 @ Private Event, Austin, TX
March 17 @ Official SXSW Showcase, Flamingo Cantina, Austin, TX
March 18 Uglyfest, Austin, TX
March 19 @ Scratched Vinyl Showcase, Austin, TX
EXCLUSIVE | Mega Ran and K-Murdock HHK Interview
HHK Favourite Mega Ran has released the video for his latest single “The Dance (No Sleep)”. Famous for his video game work (Black Materia / Forever Famicom / Castlevania etc), Mega Ran spoke with HHK in an exclusive interview last year following the release of his “TRAP E.P” and highlighted a potential switch in musical direction. You can check out previous Mega Ran music on the links above. However, you can watch Mega Ran – The Dance (No Sleep) on the YouTube player below.
Two of the most renowed video game Hip-Hop artists collaborate for a very special remix. The original FURINKAZAN track by Red Rapper had been reworked by K-Murdock, and features Capcom-licensed Mega Ran. The remix is accompanied by visuals from just about every Street Fighter game and movie (points awarded if you can name them all). Fans can still download Mega Ran and K-Murdock’s “Forever Famicom DLC 3” from the link listed above. However, you can listen to Red Rapper ft Mega Ran – FURINKAZAN (K-Murdock Remix) on the YouTube player below.
HHK team favourite Mega Ran returns with a brand new single titled “Losses”. There are no losers in this song, as Mega Ran teams up with Joell Ortiz and Murs who collectively create one of my favourite Mega Ran tracks to date. Losses is dedicated to anybody who’s lost anything/anyon in their life, and credits have gone to Alex Minor who produced the single. It has also been announced that Losses is the first single for Mega Ran’s forthcoming E.P “Wouldn’t Miss It for the World” which will be available later this year as a free download. You can listen to Mega Ran ft Joell Ortiz and Murs – Losses on the audio player below.