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Mega Ran

by Random

A MUST HAVE for lovers of video games and hip-hop. Mega Man never sounded so good.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Alternative Hip Hop
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1. Introduction
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2. Shadowman
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3. Bubbleman
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4. Aqua Soul
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5. Megalude
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6. The Continuation
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7. Flashman
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8. Mega Club feat. ProblemChild
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9. Ringman feat. RoseBlack
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10. Metalman (the Megas remix)
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11. Robot City feat. YTCracker and JonBap
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12. Rock and Roll
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13. Final Battle feat. Loose
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14. Grow Up
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15. The End?
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16. Robot City Remix feat YTCracker, ProblemChild, JonBap, ProblemCh
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Above all, Random rises to the occasion by making an album that is both clever and effortless. Despite its lofty ambitions, the album's intent never overshadows the simple fact that the music is dope... one of the most creative releases this year.
-Okayplayer.com, Aug 2007 (4/5)

Not only an interesting concept, Mega Ran is also an enjoyable trip down memory lane for many.
-Exclaim Magazine, July 2007

The bottom line is that Random manages to keep his hip-hop credentials in tact even while marrying underground battle raps to video game tracks.
-Rap Reviews, July 2007 (7/10)

In the past 20 years, Mega Man never sounded this good.
-Game Music 4 All, June 2007

Old school Blue Bomber fans are gonna hear these classic themes and flip.
-Scarlett (Capcom USA), July 2007


Hip-Hop artist, producer and educator Random is set to take you a journey to the fabulous 80's with "Mega Ran." The humorous album is vast departure from Random's previous effort, the critically acclaimed "The Call," released in February 2006....But what would you expect from an artist named RANDOM?

The "Mega Ran" concept is simple: Take the unforgettable 8-bit tunes of the classic video game series "Mega Man," sample them, and lay original rhymes on top, interweaving the Mega Man storyline and characters. With today's cutting edge hip-hop production techniques, Random and producers DN3, Samik, Domingo (Big Pun, KRS-ONE) turn these tunes into completely new headnod-inducing creations. The album has garnered attention from various media outlets, including IGN Music, Rawkus Records, Underground Hip-Hop.com, and even CBS News.

On "Mega Ran," the talented wordsmith brings his production skills to the forefront, producing 8 of the 15 tracks. Although Random is quick to point out that this is not his next studio album, "Mega Ran" continues to uphold the tradition of recent RAHM Nation releases, with slick production and sequencing by RAHM Nation in house producer and engineer DN3 behind the boards.

"Mega Ran" can best be compared to the work of MF Doom and Danger Mouse on their 2005 "Danger Doom" album, which was considered a huge underground and commercial success. "I even thought about wearing a big blue helmet at shows, but that'd be a little too much...plus my head's too big," Random says.

The first single, "Grow Up," has become a huge hit for Random, achieving thousands of hits and downloads in just two weeks time. Fans were surprised by its alternative-rock feel, but impressed by its sharp, witty lyricism and undeniably catchy chorus.

Since his debut release "Fundamentals" in 2005, Random has burst to the top of Philadelphia's crowded underground hip-hop scene to become a fan favorite. His distinctive delivery, everyman persona and constant hard work has earned him credibility and respect from the city's toughest critics. OkayPlayer stated "This is an emcee who immediately proves his credibility with a nice voice and nicer flow," and called "Mega Ran" "One of the most creative projects of the year."

Gian Fiero, of the Muse's Muse, said of "The Call," "Over the years I've reviewed some good and some great Rap projects, but none have been as significant as this one."

As a teacher, Random prides himself on music that can be understood and related to by all walks of life, and that can be proudly introduced in a classroom setting. In addition to public schools all over America, "The Call" is being utilized in college coursework at Penn State, Temple, Virginia Tech and several other universities.

Random recently wrapped up The Mega Ran Tour, on which he hit cities from coast to coast, including a stop at this year's Comic-Con Festival in San Diego, CA, performing at the Capcom booth.

Notes:

2007 marks the 20-year anniversary of the birth of the Mega Man franchise. The first Mega Man game released in December 1987 on the NES, and was praised for its colorful graphics and intuitive gameplay mechanics. more info is at www.capcom.com

Collaborators on the project include RAHM Nation producer DN3 (The Call, Rapademics), Domingo (Big Pun, KRS-ONE), videogame rock band The Megas, nerdrap sensation YTCracker, Problem Child, Samik (G-Unit and Ruff Ryders producer) and more.


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Rap Fan in Texas

Great Concept, well written
J-Coleman let me onto this artist. Great concept, decent beats, well written. Keep doing your thing.

sli

Top of the game!
We need more albums like this in the nerdcore genre. Random has really out done many of us other artists with Mega Ran. Strong beats and strong writing come together to create an album well worth the purchase. Keep it up, Random!

Gehlen Benjamin

different
i just love the idea of taking some old school video game and make some crazy music with it... i love this cd and i'm looking forward to see a new one soon!

Anthony

My Intro to Random
This album has introduced me to Random's work and I look forward to everything else he does!

Keonne

Creative
Random's latest offering is a bit different from his previous albums, but still a quality project. An entire album dedicated to the video game character Mega Man, "Mega Ran" delivers just what it promises - a fun album with dope rhymes, head-nodding beats, and an interesting story line.

Joseph Myers

Amazing
Happened to stumble across Random on some gaming site and after a bit of research managed to find the CD here and must say it was money well spent. Look forward to any future CD's coming out by Random. Keep it up!

Lee

very cool and original album
i think this is a very cool and fun album,Random is a good and talented Emcee indeed, and the production with all the old computer games sounds is very good.
recommended to all those who love concept album or the classic computer games (or both).

celso

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This CD is crucial!

carlo

catchy
The beats are sick. The sound is different. Anyone who likes Megaman should definitely hear this.

ChocoDeluxe

One of the best concept CD's out there!
I was curious to hear what a CD made entirely of beats sampled from MegaMan video games would sound like, and I was pleasantly surprised..."Mega Ran" is a fun storyline based on the MegaMan video game characters, but you don't have to be a super-mega-fan of the game to enjoy this album. "Aqua Soul," "Metalman" and "Robot City" are my personal favorites, but this is a solid project from start to finish. A must have!
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