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Today is the 20th anniversary of the death of the Notorious B.I.G.  and everyone remembers Chris Wallace in their own way. But Mega Ran? The nerdcore/chip-hop rapper has gone one step above everyone else releasing the Notorious Ran: Ready To Live Mixtape. It’s a heartfelt, creative tribute to the man they called Biggie. Mega Ran and producers Fresh Kils and DJ DN3 cleverly re-sample 10 classic B.I.G. bangers, adding new lyrics and perspective to the sounds of the legendary MC.

Mega Ran shares the video for “Lyrically” the first single off of the Mixtape. It’s obviously a homage to one of the greatest artists to have ever rapped.



Catch Mega Ran on Tour with MC Lars

2/28 Brooklyn at Knitting Factory Brooklyn
3/1 Allston, MA at Great Scott
3/2 Philadelphia at MilkBoy
3/3 Baltimore at Metro Gallery
3/4 Virginia Beach VA at Shaka’s Live
3/5 Chapel Hill, NC at @Local 506
3/7 Nashville, TN at Rocketown
3/8 Atlanta GA at 529
3/9 Tampa FL at Crowbar
3/10 Orlando FL at BACKBOOTH
3/11 Gainesville FL at HIGH DIVE
3/12 Baton Rouge at Spanish Moon
3/13 Dallas at The Curtain Club
3/14 Houston at The Secret Group
3/15-20 SXSW, Austin TX
3/21 El Paso at The Lowbrow Palace
3/22 Phoenix at Last Exit Live
3/23 Los Angeles at Hi Hat
3/24 San Francisco at Bottom of the Hill Bar and Grill
3/25 San Jose at AFKgg Gamer Lounge


(In a world of bland rappers filling up mainstream airwaves with nonsensical rhymes alongside repetitious beats, there is only one Mega Ran. Known to his friends and family as Raheem Jarbo, he first assumed the name of Random but later, to distinguish himself from a world cluttered with others using the same moniker, took on a new name. It’s worked to his benefit, and having over 25 albums, collaborative efforts and mixtapes, they’ve showcased his own workhorse efforts throughout the years. But what separates ‘Ran from the rest is his videogame savvy and skills to be able to incorporate one medium into another.  Where does this leave him? Clearly engrossed and engulfed in a subculture, or rather, the sub-genre “nerdcore.” We caught up with Mega Ran while on a European trek somewhere between Versailles and Paris. Mega Ran offered up his favorites, or his Best of 2016, and of course deep at heart, he’s a gamer.)

What up yall! It’s Mega Ran, Teacher. Rapper. Hero. And most importantly..gamer! 2016 has been a show and prove year of sorts for gaming, as a lot of the big titles we’ve been promised for a while have finally come out, and MOST of them delivered (ahem…No Man’s Sky tho).

So with no further delay, here’s Mega Ran’s favorite games of 2016.

1. Uncharted 4.
The game I bought a PS4 for…twice.. long story. But Uncharted is probably my favorite game series of the 2010’s, and part 4 brought the action movie aesthetic to new heights never before seen on video game screens. This game is like playing a movie, straight up. Super rewarding from beginning to end, a must by, a system seller.
Uncharted 4
2. Overwatch
A mindless, only-online – multiplayer FPS with goofy looking characters? Normally I would’ve passed, but something made me take a chance on Overwatch and I was NOT disappointed. Playability is the best word for this game. it’s so smooth, so fun and yet has so much depth. Blizzard knocked it out of the park.
3. Pokemon Go/Sun + Moon
This was the year of the Pokemon. The most innovative mobile game ever had EVERYBODY sneaking onto strangers lawns looking for that Snorlax, even inspiring a few songs, haha.. and then not to be outdone, the Pokemon company drops a NEW full game that improved on the old games while providing the adventure and exploration that every Poke-kid loved.
Pokemon Go/Sun + Moon

4. Mafia III/Final Fantasy XV/Watch Dogs 2
I’m in a 3-way tie mode on my last pick because these games all came out while I was on tour, so I’m just playing through them now, and they’re all so much better than their predecessors. So props to all of the dev teams for improving on what we didn’t like in the first games. These games aren’t perfect… Mafia’s controls are wonky, FF15’s incessant side-questing is annoying and Watch Dogs 2’s dumb AI will confound you, but they’re all worth a play.

Mafia III
Final Fantasy XV
Watch Dogs 2

Mega Ran:

So this happened yesterday. “The Deep Roots Sunday Cypher 2.0” dropped which featured a number of Arizona’s home grown Hip-Hop artists representing for their home state, their home town. Here we have J Rod The Problem, Mic Myers, Mr. Miranda, Penny The Great, Felix El Gato, Kirsin and Philly transplant Mega Ran, who has his feet firmly planted in Phoenix. This gives you a taste of what the southwest has to offer and we’re patiently waiting the next installment.


Mega Ran has announced a Spring tour with MC Lars.

Check out tickets and packages here

3/1 @ Kilby Court, SLC UT
3/2 @ Bleubird Theater, Denver CO
3/4 @ The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, St. Louis MO
3/5 @ The Garage, Burnsville MN
3/6 @ Schubas, Chicago IL
3/7 @ Arcade Legacy, Cincinnati OH
3/8 @ Blind Pig, Ann Arbor MI
3/9 @ The Studio @ Waiting Room, Buffalo NY
3/10 @ Thunder Road, Somerville MA
3/11 @ Black Bear Bar, Brooklyn NY
3/12 @ Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA
3/13 @ Southland Ballroom, Raleigh NC
3/16 @ The Door, Dallas TX
3/17-20 @ SXSW, Austin, TX
3/20 Texan Con, Stephenville TX
3/21 @ Korova, San Antonio TX


Down From The Tree

Phoenix, AZ – A surprisingly cool evening in the desert at the Crescent Ballroom with a sold out show, the Bag Of Tricks Cat, otherwise known as Felix, is ready to hit the stage. After an enthusiastic sound check and a moment to relax, he’s more than anxious to rock the show on a bill with his cohort in rhymes, Mega Ran.

His confusion was obvious when he wonders how I ended up with his phone number after getting a random (no pun intended) text message. “You gave me your card earlier this year,” I told him.

Sometimes life moves so quickly you’re bound to forget a number of things. The Cat has been busy with touring, recording, and repeating the cycle over and over again. Here I was able to catch up with him for a few minutes.

The “teacher/rapper/hero” known as Mega Ran is returning to the UK for his fourth time, but on a twofold mission. The artist formerly known as Random is performing at least four shows throughout the United Kingdom, and is also recording for his next solo album, tentatively titled RNDM. So far the album contains contributions from Joell Ortiz, MURS, Kool Keith, Homeboy Sandman and more.

Joining Ran on this tour are fellow Phoenix artists Bag of Tricks Cat, and DJ Unknown.

10 June @ Surya, London 11 June @ Club PST, Birmingham 12 June @ YouBloom Festival, Dublin, Ireland 13 June @ TBA