People always wonder how I make so much music, how I stay inspired, and I have two answers. Time and Space.” By making time and giving myself space to create, I’m always able to make music, and you guys are a big part of that. This collection of tracks was created thanks to fan donations, and I hope you all enjoy.
2012 was probably my biggest year yet, so here’s a short rundown…
In January, I released BLACK MATERIA: The Remixes, with some new songs that weren’t on the original release. My favorite on there was “Escape From Shinra Tower.”
In February, I got an idea to rap about a certain Lin-sation in the NBA, and that kinda took off.
fun times. ESPN Coverage. sweet. After that, myself, Willie Evans Jr, DJ Dn3, RoQy TyRaiD and Adam Warrock embarked on The VS. Tour. We had a lot of fun, and hit places like Madison, WI, Louisville, KY (Where DN3 won the Street Fighter tourney) and more. We ended the tour in Austin, my favorite place.
March was SXSW, and that was another awesome moment, in addition to rocking out with my friends, I got to meet a lot of amazing musicians down in Austin. The very next week I went to PAX East, performed, and launched my Kickstarter campaign for LANGUAGE ARTS.
In April, the Kickstarter campaign ended with an amazing total of over $15,000!
I was hard at work on a Language Arts 3 part album, game and comic book. While working on that, I played an amazing game called JOURNEY, which inspired me to work on a Beat Tape using some of the themes from the game. I released it as JOURNEY: A Hip-Hop Excursion.
In May, the first installment of the Language Arts Series released. Vol 1 had some of my favorite songs from the entire 3-part set, like “City Of Angels,” “Language Arts,” “Wake Up,” and “The Constant.”
In June, I released the Mega Ran 5th Anniversary album, containing what many consider to be the best Mega Man song I’ve ever done, “Wily.”
Afterwards, I embarked on the start of what would be the longest tour of my life, being out pretty much the entire summer on the Summer Sessions tour with Open Mike Eagle and DJ DN3…
then joining up with mc chris, Richie Branson and Powerglove on the Monster Hunter Tour. We went everywhere, and had great times. Richie and I did an album, which released later.
The Summer Sessions tour continued, but I had to break off to come back to my home away from home, Orlando, for Nerdapalooza. Had an amazing experience, then flew off to the midwest for some amazing shows, ending in Buffalo, where I had a blast at the New Era Flagship store. I made it home just in time to release Language Arts Volume 2, featuring some very special songs, like “Faculty Lounge” feat. Homeboy Sandman.
It’s in this month that I had a birthday, and I celebrated by working on a new project, “River City Random,” based on my favorite beat-em-up, ever. That contained another one of my favorite records,
In October I did a lot of future planning, and one amazing piece of news came about, that SEGA would be willing to help myself and K-Murdock create our next tribute album, called “Project Dream Master.”
Video Game remixers Mega Ran and K-Murdock are releasing a SEGA tribute album & need your help picking songs!on.fb.me/WLTFbh
They helped us collect a bunch of suggestions, and those are being tabulated now. Stay tuned for that in 2013! Also we launched “The Ghouls N Ghosts EP” on Halloween.
In November, we headed out for the Campaign Tour, with myself, DJ DN3, Mouse Powell and Mr. Miranda. Rocked a lot of crowds, had a lot of fun.. Planned the next tour, and right before the trip, I released the “Megamouse” album with Mouse Powell, and this track got played a lot.
Also in November was the release of the final installment, Language Arts Volume 3. My favorite track was probably “Everything.”
In December I took a much needed vacation from music, and released my last track of the year, “Wreck-It Ran.” After that, I planned for the new year. Be ready for some amazing stuff. Thank you for your support and friendship through the biggest and greatest year of my professional life. Now, how do we follow it up? Stay Tuned.
Moral of the story: live each day like the world is about to end. It’ll pay off.
Wow… 25 years of Mega Man. Today marks the day, so as you can imagine, there are some great B-day celebrations going on all over the web, including my own. Lets list, shall we?
1. CAPCOM releases STREET FIGHTER x MEGAMAN game
That’s right, it’s true, go here to download it now:
*they’ve been having some download problems, so if you need to, get it here: but PLEEEASE come back to Capcom’s site later in the week and download it again. more on that later.
4. ALL MEGA RAN MUSIC IS PAY WHAT YOU WANT TODAY ONLY:
That’s right, get Mega Ran 1, 9, 10, or 5th Anniversary digital downloads for WHATEVER you WANT TO PAY! a quarter? a dollar? a hundred? you’re too kind. Go here and Go Shop.
After a long, epic journey, The Final Installment of the biggest piece of the Random Catalog is here.
MEGA RAN in LANGUAGE ARTS, VOLUME 3.
features vocals by Wax, The Writers Guild, mc chris and more.
features production by DN3, EOM, Richie Branson, Bear McCreary and more.
if you like reading, please check out “The Making of Language Arts” here.
“Richie and I started working on this album before we had even met in person, and decided it would fit in perfectly with the theme of mc chris’ Monster Hunter Tour this past summer. So we put it together, sold it on the road and they went like hotcakes!
Since it was so popular, we decided to clean it up, add some new songs, and put it out for everyone else to have….and what better day to do that than Halloween?”
The EP contains production from Richie, Ran, DN3, EOM, and even Bear McCreary, composer of all the music you hear on the hit AMC TV series “The Walking Dead.” Enjoy with the lights on.
And as of now, it’s #5 on the bandcamp charts!
A Deluxe Edition is coming to iTunes and other digital retailers, with even more goodness.
Just in time for Halloween comes a special treat from Random, aka Mega Ran. The new video for “Zombie High,” directed by Tom Larkin, acts as a sequel to the Language Arts (First Day of School)” video, even featuring many of the same kids, but… zombiefied, due to some strange occurrences Ran suggests that no children were hurt during the making of this vid. The track is a who-or-what-dunnit, as the TeacherRapperHero is trying to get to the bottom of why his students are mindless, brain-thirsty zombies. Produced by DN3 and THE WALKING DEAD score composer Bear McCreary, “Zombie High” is a bloody good time.
Raheem Jarbo, aka Random or Mega Ran. Teacher/Rapper/Hero. People will remember Ran for his daring leap into video game remixing which led to a Capcom cosign, but Random's penchant for storytelling has impressed retro gamers while garnering respect from Hip-Hop's harshest critics.
An incredible impromptu "freestyle" MC, Random's unique combination of fantasy and introspective hip-hop has found its way into TV shows, movies, video games, and even coursework at several universities. That's Random.