Sunday, May 13, 2007

Random Beats' Fast Break

*the title is derived from an old NES game, "Magic Johnson's Fast Break.*


tomorrow comes the time to Break the Fast.

I was really missing my eggs.

but yeah, thanks to all of you who offered your words of encouragement, and all of you who said "couldn't be me, you got that, dog!"

I think I needed it, and its really helped me to get my head, heart and soul in place.

Meanwhile, in other news, I noticed that the news of my new release is traveling quite quickly..ah, the internet...one minute it can totally make you lose faith in all humankind , next minute, its a blessing. but if you're keeping score, they've profiled it on Complex Magazine's site, IGN Music and many more... let's keep it coming!

I've done a couple of interviews about the project that should be surfacing soon, be on the lookout. I'm not gonna blog about an interview, I save these for REAL news, like this...

This weekend, with me all in Mega Man mode, I decided to try to find the Mega Man Anniversary Collection for Xbox, cause I really wanted to play it. eBay had a ton, but I'm on punishment from using eBay (I got a little addicted and cancelled my account)...plus I didnt wanna wait for it. So I decide to search on GameStop's site. They say that there's one store in a 30 mile radius with the game. so I race to the place, cause they close at 9 (it's 8:25 when I found out).

I get to the door at 9:01, and I call, and plead and beg, like a crackhead who just needs that free hit...

to no avail. "I'm sorry, we open at 10AM."

"Man, I need Mega Man NOW! you expect me to drive all the way back here at 10AM with gas being over $3.00 a gallon?

I must be a fool!"

So, at 10AM, I drive all the way back there with gas being over $3.00 a gallon.

I must be a fool.

But, I got my Mega Man.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a date with Dr. Wily.

oh, I haven't given out a free track in a while, so here goes....
in the spirit of crackhead-like feenin:'

Ultimate High (2007 exclusive) Produced by Markus

check him out, he got heat. myspace.com/markusmusick

this is monumental, because its the first and last time I'll ever mention MySpace in a song.

Have a great week.
-Ran

and the MEGA RAN tour is booking now!!!! get at myself or info@rahmnation.org to book the man.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Mega Ran, it's official.

Hip-Hop artist, producer and educator Random is preparing his latest release, the theme project “Mega Ran.” This album will contain samples of music from the Capcom Mega Man video games from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console, and is the first project of its kind from a Hip-Hop artist.

“I just wanted to do something different, so far away from what I had done in the past. Mega Man was my favorite game series ever, and I’ve always loved the music, I still hum it to this day. I decided to step into the Mega Man character. It’s pretty funny, silly, and entertaining, but it’s good music. Fans of the videogame series will enjoy it.”

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. Mega Man has quite the following, and Random knows he can’t let the fans down.

“It’s gonna be a wild ride...The music on it is really diverse. Fans of every musical genre will be able to vibe with it...Hip-Hop, Rock, Reggae, you name it.” 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 many more.

“Mega Ran” will release on June 19th, 2007 and will be a free download at www.randomsblogs.blogspot.com, www.myspace.com/bigran215, and www.rahmnation.org. Thinking outside the box isn’t new to Random, who is also an innovative middle school teacher in Phoenix. He released his last album, “The Call,” on RAHM Nation Recordings in 2006 to critical acclaim, selling over 8000 copies and being named one of the best of the year by several sources. It was followed up by “The Call: The ReMixTape,” featuring remixes and new tracks. More info can be found at www.rahmnation.org.


The MEGA RAN tour is also shaping up, this is what it's looking like so far...

Jun 1 2007 Studeo Tad Phoenix, Arizona

Jun 8 2007 LIVE Interview w/theawfulshow.com

Jun 19 2007 Release date

Jun 23 2007 The Underground Phila, PA

Jun 28 2007 Swifts Mesa, Arizona

Jun 29 2007 Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona

Jul 26 2007 SD Sports Club San Diego, California

Jul 31 2007 Knitting Factory Los Angeles, California

Aug 25 2007 Tim and Terry's Gainesville, Florida

Sep 22 2007 Humboldt State University Arcata, California

Sep 23 2007 Humboldt State University Arcata, California

Monday, May 07, 2007

I'm fasting this week.

Fresh off "the crossroads," I've now decided that it's best for me to fast this week to clear my head. I don't know if its a midlife crisis or what, but I'm at the point where I really need to clear my head, as well as cleanse my soul. I have some very important decisions to make in the coming weeks, and I think I need to be right mentally and spiritually before I make them. so, the fast begins....

I really could use your thoughts and prayers right now to help me through this, cause if there's one thing I love, it's food

I'm approximately 7 hours in, so far so good..just been drinking water and running to the bathroom between classes.

so Imma be strong, but I can't do it alone.

I leave you with some words on why folks fast. Peace!

In a spiritual setting the emphasis is often on the denial of the self and the carnal desires to allow us to become more sensitive to God. Food is man's greatest carnal impulse. Many believe that sex is the strongest fleshly drive, but it is not. We may think ego is the strongest of the fleshly impulses, but it is not. From the day we are born, the desire for food reigns dominant.

As newborn infants we first seek the love, comfort and warmth of our mothers, then we cry for food. The sex drive does not develop until the onset of puberty, our teenage years. Sex is the last drive to arrive and the first one to leave. The food drive is present from the beginning to the end, it never leaves, it never disappears. The latest U.S. government study shows that over 60% of all Americans are overweight.

We eat too much. Gluttony, the lack of discipline of the appetite, causes us to look old prematurely, to feel old before we get old and to suffer many different diseases.

All the major killer diseases of today, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, kidney failure, prematurely kill the majority of Americans and their sources are traceable to our lifestyles and diets. Science has found that it's just as important that we don't overeat, as it is that we eat properly.

Let me repeat that - studies have found that it's as important that we not eat to excess, as it is that we eat properly.

Fasting allows us to gain control of the appetite. When you can develop the discipline to fast, you automatically develop the discipline not to overeat. When you can control your strongest carnal appetite (the desire for food), you can then gain control of the other carnal appetites.

There are many different spiritual reasons why people or groups fast. Sometimes it is to show unity for a cause such as a fast against war, or injustice, or a host of other social ills. Fasting in a group allows you to achieve something that you would never achieve on your own. You can draw on the strength, the determination, the support, and the prayers of the group. Some fast at preset intervals, once per week, once per month, one month per year, etc. Some fast when the social or spiritual need arises. Some fast because the minister said so.

There are many different reasons to fast.

It is important to remember when you fast for spiritual reasons:

FASTING DOES NOT CHANGE GOD!
FASTING CHANGES YOU!

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Random, aka Mega Ran. Teacher, Rapper, Hero. Random manages the unthinkable by dazzling retro gamers while garnering respect from Hip-Hop's harshest critics. Random's unique combination of fantasy and introspective hip-hop has found its way into movies, video games, and even coursework at several universities. By day, he is a middle school English teacher...and he likes to speak in the 3rd person.

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