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Mega Ran

Genre: Rap
Phoenix, AZ, US

Status: On Tour

If you put video games, hip-hop, soul music, jazz and standup comedy into a blender, you'd have something close to The Random Experience.

The former English teacher made waves by going way left of his backpack roots and combining 8-bit video game sounds and hard hitting hip-hop tracks, and has become a trailblazer in the budding subgenres of chiptune and nerd-rap. A licensing agreement with Capcom and admiration from the genre’s toughest critics has led to performances at top festivals worldwide, constant tours, and placements in TV, movies, university coursework, and of course, games. As Random as the name suggests, he is just as comfortable spilling his soul on thoughtful tracks as he is weaving through levels of his favorite video games. Ran has toured with guys like Open Mike Eagle, Homeboy Sandman and many more. Today, Random is no longer a teacher by title, but travels the world to entertain and educate through the seemingly unlikely pairing of intelligence and fantasy based hip-hop.

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Discography

RNDM (2015)CD Album

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Soul Veggies (2015)

It could be my most complete work ever, and I don't say that much,” Ran says of the project's progress. “We're both stepping outside of our comfort zones and creating
really challenging and fun music.” The album will contain much of the fun that the two have exhibited on tracks like “UknowTheName,” and the musicality of tracks like
“Push” into one concise package.
“The timing was finally right,” says Storyville. “We've been so busy, but we've carved out the time to dedicate to this project, and it shows.” Weiss has spent the last seven
years engineering for some of the biggest names in music, including Grammy winners Arrested Development, George Clinton, and Ronnie Spector. "My career as an
engineer really took off, but making this project with Ran called me back to my roots."
Meanwhile, after being named LA Weekly's “Artist Likely to Be Big in 2014,” Ran has made good on the projections in superhero-like leaps and bounds. He has organized
successful tours of the US, Japan, and Europe, released a documentary DVD, orchestrated a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, all while releasing several critically
acclaimed albums.
The Soul Veggies album will include production by Storyville, Small Pro, frequent collaborator Samik (“Splash Woman”) and more, and guest vocals by legendary MC
Wise Intelligent of the acclaimed group Poor Righteous Teachers, among others.
The album contains everything we've seen from the two, solo and collectively, from B-Boy styled park jams (“React,”) humorous contemporary rap commentary (“Rappin
About Rappin”) to carefully constructed introspective tales (“Another Day”), and of course, video games (“Life's A Game”).
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