The Opposite Of War Tour w/Tribe One, Doug Funnie and K-Murdock

mega ran opposite war tour

About to hit the road with my friends again! I’ll have new music to perform and share with you, and these guys will have new albums! Meet them all.


Born in Washington, DC and raised during the golden era of hip-hop, K(yle) Murdock’s affinity for music was a result of growing up idolizing his late uncle Melvin Lindsey, who was a popular local radio host/philanthropist in the DC area; His interest in hip-hop culture was weaned by his older cousins. One crew in particular, The Native Tongues, changed his musical life when he stumbled upon the cassettes of two of the collective’s landmark groups (A Tribe Called Quest & De La Soul) back in the early ‘90s. The biggest thing K learned from the likes of those’ artist is consequently one of the biggest ideals he continually strives to get across in his own music- individuality!
Best known for being one half of the progressive hip-hop tandem Panacea, K, along with the group’s emcee Raw Poetic, has rocked shows all over the United States; Sharing the stage with legends like Brand Nubian & Rahzel of The Roots to “new schoolers “Little Brother, Lupe Fiasco & J-Live. K-Murdock’s self-proclaimed “Neosonic” (new-sound) productions have taken shape over the last decade and helped K garner respect from his contemporaries to some of K’s personal influences- DJ Spinna, Thes One (of People Under The Stairs) & Omm’as Keith (of The Sa-Ra Creative Partners). His mix of spacey elements fused with soulful sampling have allowed him to work with a range of artists including Grammy Nominated R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn to Capcom-licensed “nerdcore” rapper Random (aka Mega Ran), whom K has been collaborating & toured the U.S. & the parts of the world (U.K., Japan) with since 2010!
Other notable career highlights for K include: Being selected as 1 of the 60 participants for the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy, having Panacea’s 2007 album The Scenic Route be named “Album Of The Year” in the respected UK magazine Hip-Hop Connection & being repeatedly named as one of the “top producers” over the last few years on popular music sites, &

Tribe One is a rapper from Atlanta, Georgia who writes smart, personal and emotional songs about things like comic books and video games. He’s a bit of a nerd and he knows it. Revels in it, in fact. Having worked as a public librarian for eight years before making the jump to rapping full time, he is acutely aware that he is on something of a non-traditional path to rap stardom. But it’s exactly this nonchalance when it comes to fitting into the hip hop mainstream that allows Tribe One to be the engaging performer that he is. Able to switch from lightning fast speed raps to heartstring tugging storytelling at the drop of a hat, Tribe One has devastated audiences all over the country on tours with mc chris, MC Lars, Ceschi, Louis Logic, Adam WarRock and Mega Ran among others. He is also 50% of the rap group The Remnant, 50% of the band Malibu Shark Attack and 100% himself.

Doug Funnie is a Underground Hip-Hop Artist who is mainly associated with the genre known as “Nerdcore Hip-Hop”. In addition to being a solo artist, Doug is also the bassist for Fort Worth’s Local Punk Band, Scratch The Hound. Doug is known for his Hip-Hop album “Head in The Cloudz.” Publications say that “Funnie can speed it up and slow it down with the best” in this project. While Doug has his love for music, he widely expresses his enjoyment in Video games with projects like the “Metal Gear Solid: The Mixtape” Freshly off a US tour with Crunk Witch from Maine,Some publications referred Doug Funnie’s music to as “an unusual lyrical approach to portray alternatives to the common themes of hip-hop”. Songs are usually layered thick with choice samples and Funnie’s often witty, sometimes rapid-fire rhymes reference pop-culture like video games and comic books.

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My SDCC 2014 Wrap-Up, 7 Years of Comic Con

Now, I have been lucky enough to attend San Diego Comic Con since 2007. I’ve seen this event, and nerd culture in general, undergo some huge changes since then. In 2007, the biggest news was a premiere of Iron Man, which has gone on to spawn 3 movies and a spinoff, The Avengers, which is now the highest grossing comic book film EVER and third highest overall. Nowadays, it’s no big deal to bring up a comic book movie, or a video game, in discussion, even in a professional setting. People complain about this explosion of comic and game culture, but I can’t say it’s a bad thing, at least not yet.

Anyway, this is Mega Ran’s Comic Con 2014 experience.

I got into San Diego Wednesday, which is Preview Night for the Con. However, I had a performance at Gam3rCon, which was founded a few years ago as an alternative, not competitor of Comic Con. it’s smaller, more friendly, and more centered around gaming and communities. This year’s con was a lot of fun, and I met some fans of mine who elected to come to this show as opposed to any of the others, because of the size of the event. I played a fun set to an eager and enthusiastic crowd there.

Thursday, I went to the Convention Center to brave Comic Con. I had a panel in the evening, so that gave me time to walk the floors and halls. I saw so many great things, but what caught my attention (and everyone else’s) was a huge crowd at the Expendables booth, where Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Wesley Snipes made a surprise appearance for photos. This caused an instant traffic jam on the con floor as everyone stopped to snap pictures. I got a few and moved on.

I prefer going to the smaller booths where the comic artists hang, rather than the big TV and gaming booths. I met Rob Liefield, creator of Deadpool, and a guy who has a pretty bad rap on the internet, but he was super nice and friendly to me. I also stopped at the Robotech, Hasbro, Nickelodeon and Funko booths for toys—um, I mean collectibles.

The panel went extremely well, as I was joined by some of my musical heroes turned peers – MURS, Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys, and many more. it was a packed room and the panel was very informative and fun. Big shout out to Patrick A. Reed for making it happen.

After that, I had to run to a special engagement, w00tstock, which is an event held at every Comic Con for the past 6 years, started by nerdy folk duo Paul and Storm, with help from famous nerds like Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stand By Me) and Adam Savage (Mythbusters). I played a short set and the crowd loved it. It’s always weird for me to play a rap show in a traditional theater with seats, but it went over well and by the end, they were up and dancing. Wil told me my set was great, as did special guest Craig Ferguson.

Friday was a bit more tame for me, my only events were in the evening, so I went to the Con again for a few hours, and sat in on some great panels. I watched Namco’s fighting game panel and saw some previews of Tekken 7, then went to a Q&A with the writer of my favorite comic right now, Saga, Brian K. Vaughan. He was great. After that I met with some friends and walked the floor a little more, picking up a “Hip Hop Family Tree” comic which was incredible, and some shirts.

I walked past the famous Hall H, as I wanted to get into the Walking Dead Panel, but I realized quickly that was a lost cause. This is probably my number one problem with SDCC. The line for Hall H is OUTSIDE, and is probably a minimum 4-5 hour wait, with no chairs or anything… and there’s still no guarantee youll get in, because they don’t clear the panel room out between panels. so they booked a Game of Thrones panel at 2 and then a Walking Dead panel at 3, the shows have so much overlap in fanbase that NO ONE LEAVES between panels, so the people who waited 4 hours to get in are left outside, or sent to watch the panel in a nearby hotel….if that doesn’t fill up first. by the time you learn that you can’t see the panel, you lost 5 hours of your day, when you could’ve spent that looking at something else. Not cool.​

My first event was a record store in-store event and vinyl release, which went well. I played some new songs off the new vinyl, and signed a few records that are at the store now, while supplies last:

After that I made a special appearance at the Nerd-A-Thon show at The Merrow, featuring MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Schaffer the Darklord and Doc Awk, and Star Wars Burlesque. I played a surprise set which got the crowd ready. I had a fun time out there and met some great new and returning fans.

Saturday was my day off of Comic Con. I knew from past experiences that Saturday is the most crowded day downtown, where lines would be the most ridiculous, and people would be the most pushy, so I stayed back. My lady and I went to La Jolla to the Windansea beach, and relaxed, then ate some delicious Mexican Food. it was just the break I needed.

On Sunday, we returned to the madness after scoring a second badge from my friend. I returned to Comic Con to get another look at some of my favorite booths. I feel like my favorite this year was DC COMICS, who were celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary by giving out capes and comics, and they had an amazing display of ALL the Batman suits from the movies, plus some fan created variant costumes. I had the most fun checking those out. I can hope that one day that stuff will be in a museum to see. I walked around and spent more money that I didn’t have, before leaving to sound check for my final show, the Official Unofficial Comic Con after-party by Random Gibberish, hosted by the voice of Duke Nukem, Jon St. John. The show was amazing. I walked around the whole room freestyling about costumes and trinkets.

Overall I feel like this was my best Comic Con experience yet, mainly because I did the right mix of networking, performing, sightseeing and escaping. I feel like the security and volunteers did a decent job of controlling lines and keeping things organized. I can’t wait to do it again next year.

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Mega Lo Mania: The Documentary (Trailer)

Teacher/Rapper/Hero Mega Ran’s Journey Captured in New Documentary


Contact: Michael Cardoza, Director –
FilmBar, 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ (602) 595-9187

Hip-Hop, Gaming, Education Collide in Former Teacher’s Documentary Premiere
“Mega-Lo-Mania” Opens in August at Phoenix’s FilmBar

PHOENIX, AZ – A weekend tour by former educator turned indie rap hero Random, aka Mega Ran was the subject of a 30 minute documentary captured by filmmaker Michael Cardoza, but he got so much more than he bargained for when he agreed to ride along and film the rapper’s first 3 out-of-town shows with a live band.

“I saw so much more than a music tour… I saw friends, teammates..bound together by a mutual passion for music and for putting on a great show. They all have different personalities, and they all came together so perfectly over the weekend,” Cardoza says of the weekend trip.

Over that three days in February, Philadelphia-born Mega Ran and Phoenix, AZ band The Lo-Classics joined forces for “Mega-Lo-Mania,” a mini-tour that would span Tempe, AZ, Hollywood, CA and Las Vegas, NV. What ensued was sometimes amazing, sometimes chaotic, but always entertaining.

“I had a blast,” Ran says of the weekend tour. “It didn’t totally go as I’d expected, but I think that’s the best story to tell; that it won’t always work out 100% according to plan, and that making adjustments on the fly is such a big part of what we do. I love the way the documentary came out.”

The five man band most notably linked with Ran at a show-stealing performance in Seattle, WA in 2013 at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo), playing for over 2500 people in a packed room at The Paramount Theater. Since then, they’ve played shows with acts like Talib Kweli, Ryan Leslie, Pusha T, Phife Dawg (of A Tribe Called Quest), The Protomen and many more.

“Mega-Lo-Mania,” The 30-minute documentary film, will make it’s Arizona premiere at FilmBar, an award winning wine bar and movie theater in central Phoenix. The first showtime will be Friday, August 22 at 7PM. DVD versions of the documentary will be available that day, and online Monday, August 25.

Stay tuned to or for more information.

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Assist With The UK Tour This Fall!


The Plan:

A Tour of England from Sept 3 (my birthday) to September 14, in cities like London, Cambridge, Manchester and more!

The Crew:

Myself and my partner in rhyme Mr. Miranda, of the Writers Guild and “Mirandom” project from 2011.

Also joining us hopefully is tour manager Big Mat.


MY FIRST HEADLINING SHOW IN LONDON IS SEPT 9! I have a spot on the SUPERBYTE Festival Sept 11! We’ll be playing some new music, classic hits and more, as well as sightseeing in some of the most beautiful places the world has to offer.

What’s in it for you?

donate any amount and we’ll be able to use it towards flights (cost: over $1000 each), trains (from $60 to $100 each ride), hotels ($75-$100 Per night), and more.

Donations over $10 will get you a FREE download of any of our albums, via email.

Any donation over $50 will get you a SOUVENIR from the UK of your choice. We’ll also be documenting the experience and posting regular youtube updates.

Any donation over $100 will get you a souvenir, CD and t-shirt from the crew!

Any donation over $200 will get you a mention in the next Mirandom song, which will be recorded right before we leave in September.

THANK YOU! Viva la UK!!

email me with any questions at

-Ran and Mr. Miranda


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Thoughts on Batman ’89

Big shout out to ComicsAlliance for chatting with a motley crew of folks including myself and the legendary PETE ROCK for our thoughts on the hype behind the movie that started the comic book movie phenomenon on a large scale.



I learned every word, laugh, pause and breath of that script as a child, and the entire soundtrack — and most of it has stayed with me as an adult. I hope that’ll help me at some point on a game show or something. But that was the first movie of my generation that truly defined us as kids, and as comic book fiends.

Read more here:

gonna sit down and play the BATMAN NES game when i get a moment.

Tour still on! remaining dates:

July 5 Yellow Springs, OH @ Super Fly Comics

July 6 Cincinnati, OH @ Chameleon

July 7 Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor

July 9 Chapel Hill, NC @ Chapel Hill Underground

July 10 Bourgie Nights, Wilmington, NC

July 11 Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java

July 12 Baltimore @ Ram’s Head Live (Bit Gen Gamer Fest)

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Tour Starts This Week

Get ready for Odds and Ends.

Odds N Ends PromoPoster

First up is TOO MANY GAMES in Phoenixville, PA.


rest of tour dates:

June 30 Brooklyn, NY @ The Fifth Estate

July 1 Boston, MA @ McGanns

July 2 Watertown, NY @ Flashback Lounge

July 3 Ithaca, NY @ Just Be Cause Center

July 5 Yellow Springs, OH @ Super Fly Comics

July 6 Cincinnati, OH @ Chameleon

July 7 Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor

July 9 Chapel Hill, NC @ Chapel Hill Underground

July 10 Bourgie Nights, Wilmington, NC

July 11 Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java

July 12 Baltimore @ Ram’s Head Live (Bit Gen Gamer Fest)

I’ll have an ULTRA SPECIAL gift at these shows, that no one else will have, so be on the lookout for that!

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