Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mega Ran aims arm cannon at Mega Man 10.

PHOENIX, AZ - Hip Hopper and teacher Random, also known as Mega Ran, has offered another challenge to his loyal fans.

Random (Raheem Jarbo), best known for his video game tribute albums "Mega Ran" (2007) and "Mega Ran 9" (2009), has started an online petition to get his music and/or character put into the new Capcom retro-styled release "Mega Man 10."

"Ever since the game has released, I've gotten plenty of emails and tweets telling me how cool it would be if I was in the game somehow, and I started thinking, it WOULD be cool. Capcom has been so supportive and generous so far; so I figured it's worth a try."

Random is no stranger to offering challenges, as in 2008, he asked his fans to vote for him in an Online Hip-Hop Award balloting, and they did so in droves. This led to the release of "Mega Ran 9" in March 2009. It has gone on to be downloaded over 6,000 times and was named in "Album of the Year" lists by several blogs and news sources.

Interested fans can read or sign the petition here.

Random's upcoming show dates:

12/23/09 - The Fire, Philadelphia PA
1/9/09 - Anime Los Angeles, LAX Marriott - Los Angeles, CA
2/10/09 - Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Monday, December 07, 2009

Mega Ran live in LA

thanks to Jeriaska for the great footage!

Worst I Ever Heard:

Mega Ran in LA - (Drake Remix) Worst I Ever Heard from Jeriaska on Vimeo.

and of course, the freestyle:

Mega Ran in LA - Freestyle from Jeriaska on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Philly. Boyeeee.

I live in Phoenix now, but I'm still Philly all day.. and with the Phils about to take on the Yanks, this track here made me feel really good to be an Illadelphiatic.


Neeko feat. Deena Marie - Ill State of Mind.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Thanks For Supporting Random! Vol.2

What is it??

Just my way of saying happy me.

a few unreleased joints I found under my couch.



What's on it??


1. RandomBeagle Prologue feat DN3

2. Joyful Noise

3. Worst I Ever Heard (Drake Remix)

4. Remainder Is One feat. Blaze Rock And Storyville

5. Played a Fool

6. Random Got Paid feat. Epic 1 And Masurao

7. Blackout (Small Pro Remix)

8. Paramount feat. Reef the Lost Cauze

9. Caster

BONUS: New and Improved(prod by DN3)


there's a few ways.

1. get it from Kevin Nottingham's blog.

2. Get it from my Bandcamp Site *with the bonus cut*

3. Get it from my messageboard (and sign up too, why don't cha?!?!)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

SXSW, motherlovers.

Vote for my PanelPicker Idea!

Cast a vote and put me in SXSW as a panel presenter next spring...

if you're not familiar with SXSW, it's only the BIGGEST music/film fest in America....

Take a look at my idea and then vote for it.. :)

i'd appreciate it.. and i think its a pretty dope idea.

Video Games and Hip-Hop: Making the Connection

Questions this panel will help answer:

1. How can I get my music into video games?

2. Can I make money with my music in games?

3. Why should I try to get my music into games?

4. How will musicians be able to make income in the future?

5. How do I get into the gaming industry?

6. How much money can I make submitting music to the gaming industry?

7. What are the pros/cons of licensing my music into the gaming industry?

8. When did hip-hop first find its way into video games?

9. Why is hip hop everywhere in the entertainment industry?

10. How do I get my music into the gaming industry?


This panel will discuss and chronicle the past, present and future of the union of video games and hip-hop, and explain how YOU can get your music into video games through discussions led by individuals who have secured licensing deals with top game developers.

seems like I'm always trying to get you to vote... but before you throw me in your spam list, I have something for you guys.



1. Random "Blackout (Small Pro Remix) feat. G."

an oldie but goodie... Small Pro is doing some big things these days... I'm glad I can say I worked with him when...

2. Random, Blaze Rock, Storyville: "The Remainder is One"

from the MARVEL VS CAPCOM mixtape... available very soon on Playstation Network!!

3. DN3 "Jumpin"

one of my faves from my favorite DJ/Producer/MC.

3 for free... just for opening an email.. cant beat it. NOW GO VOTE and send Mega Ran to SXSW! :)



oh, get the whole Marvel Vs Capcom Mixtape here!


Thursday, August 06, 2009

Marvel vs Capcom 2 tracks...

First.. in case you're not following me on twitter, I got a new teaching job. YAY!

best part about this job is the kids only go to school Mon-Thurs! YAY YAY!

anyway, Had a few Capcom-related news bits, and here they are.

1. MARVEL VS CAPCOM Mixtape-- its out.

well sorta, you only have a copy of the vinyl if you went to Comic Con and got lucky.

you can get it on Playstation Network sometime this month.

here's the tracklist: WOW.

1. "Superheroes" by Planet Asia and DJ Toure
2. "Number One" by Havoc and Nyce
3. "Terrorize" by Raekwon and Ohno
4. "The Remainder is One" by Random, Blaze Rock and Storyville
5. "Reinforcements" by DJ Qbert
6. "Take U 4 A Ryde" by Talib Kweli and Ohno
7. "Battle Drum" by Hieroglyphics
8. "Fight the Good Fight" by The Grouch and Eligh
9. "They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To" by E40 and DroopE
10. "Power Up" by MC Supernatural

GOOD NEWS for those of you who don't have the vinyl-- you can hear my track on the mixtape


download is FREE (128kb), and name your price for a HQ link! (min .99)


my man Seth got some words with me on the mixtape and some other stuff, check that out.

Unity: What excited you about the project in the first place?

Random: Mainly
the fact that it was based on the great Marvel Vs. Capcom franchise. I
spent many nights getting destroyed on the game; I was never any good
at it, but I'd always come back. So to be able to make a song that
would serve as a backdrop to the game was something I just had to get
involved with.

Unity: What do you think of the final product?

Random: The final product is incredible. Awesome artwork, a
killer lineup of many of my all-time faves, a sweet blue vinyl, what
more can you ask for? I'm really hoping a downloadable version comes
out soon, because I don't want to open my vinyl, I'm a collector. It's
an honor to even have my name that close to these folks.

Unity: What's your favorite track (apart from your own)?

Random: I
know this might seem crazy, but I haven't heard it yet.. that's why I'm
hoping for a downloadable version! but I really like The Grouch and
Eligh's track that I heard.


Got a lot of work done this weekend, but also played hard.. peep my latest freestyle jam session.

part 1

part 2

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ran's Comic Con 2009 Plans


after a 1 year absence, Mega Ran will be BACK at Comic Con!

all of you congoers have 3 chances to catch Random:

Friday July 24 12-1pm @ Capcom's booth (signing stuff and jamming to Mega Ran 9)

I'll also be somewhere near their Fighting Games Panel (2:30-3:30 in Room 5AB)
where they'll be giving out these bad boys:


and yes, Random is on it.

Saturday July 25, 12-1pm @ Capcom's booth, the same thing
3-5PM @ The OC Remix booth

and more...stay tuned.

Sunday night, 7-10pm - Nerdcoricon
featuring live sets by Random, Zealous1, Maja, Dr. Awkward and more!
@ Kava Lounge, 2812 Kettner Blvd, SD, CA
$5 cover.

RSVP (for a limited time) at for reduced admission! lol.

The Back To the Future Tour Blog, Part 1

So the show started with the first gig,

date 1: 6-17 at Burts Tiki Lounge in Albuquerque. We were joined on the first leg of the tour by Big Ox, Major Problems and DJ Bonus of Tucson, who held us down nicely at the spot. Mr Miranda and I ripped it, and after the show we all celebrated with some mystery drinks...

afterwards, Dave had a Green Chile shot... He says it was good.

Big ups to: Flux and Serif, and the team at Burts.

date 2: 6-18: El Patio, Las Cruces, NM
So Dave and I bounce to the venue but weren't informed that the venue had changed. We got to the spot late, but it was well worth the wait. this time Dave and I play headlining role, performing after several acts, and going on after 1am. no worries! The crowd is still there and still supportive. Best part was when I invited a cat from the crowd up on stage to freestyle, and the dude started RAPPING... Lol. Big fun.

Big ups to: Henry G of Underground Kingz Radio, The 8-Bit Cynics (who unfortunately don't make 8-bit music, but it's dope).

Date 3 got a little fuzzy.. We were supposed to have a date in El Paso, but that fell through. So we decided to get an early start toward Dallas. Along the way, I get an email from Shadix (who helped produce the acoustic remix of "Splash Woman") offering us a show opportunity the next day in Austin. I was down. I had told Dave a thousand stories about how dope and unbelievable Austin is.... So who would pass up a show out there? So we set a course for Austin.

Along the way we hit Noah's Ark-like floods and rains, and almost hit a freakin' deer on the road. Scariest drive ever for sure.

date 3: (just added: Hutto, Tx)

as you can see, Hutto is NOT Austin. Hutto is a small town about 45 minutes away. On top of that, the show was a rock show, and we were the only hip hop on the bill. We get there, we have sound issues... so, we decide to freestyle and rock over the band. Furthest From The Star, a dope band who had never done an impromptu set before, rocked with us and we had a ball.

Also while in Austin, we met with ChopSteak and chopped it up (pun intended) with him, and he showed us around town. Ate a spectacular Sunday brunch at Threadgill's (sweet potato pancakes ftw) and got on the road to Dallas.

Big ups to: Chop Steak, Shadix (and all of

Show 4: The Cavern, Dallas TX
Dallas is HOT. I mean, like Really hot. And I live in Phoenix, so for me to call something else hot, it must be. It's like a big skillet out there.

I had to do something in Dallas I always wanted to do, so we took care of that.

I hadn't been to Dallas before, but I had great tour guides, DJ Rob Viktum and Kristi of The Young Agent.

We had some great grub out there, including a spectacular lunch at Cuba Libre, and what seemed like unlimited Mojitos. That night, we rocked a set at The Cavern, which prior to that night, hadn't had a live performance, ever. But it went smoothly. Dave busted out one of my fave joints from his mixtape, "Cool," and I rocked a memorable freestyle over "A Milli." which means, officially, EVERY rapper has now rapped on that beat. :)

Big Ups to: Markus of Big Red Rooster, all of the tweeps I met at the event for the first time: @guerillamilk @misscarey @lovejones83 @summa_reign and Big J of the Clever Monkeys.

from here on out, I was on my own for the rest of the tour, as Mr. Miranda had to bounce. So I got on the road, and headed for Nashville.

Show 5: 6-25-09, Cafe Coco, Nashville, TN

I always have fun in Nashville, the most recent time before this was at the Mid Tennessee Anime Con

But this was much different... I got the news of Michael Jackson's passing on that day, and the rest of the show was a blur. in fact, lets not even dwell on this show.

Show 6: 6-26-09 @ Tacony Billiards, Phila, PA

Finally back in the hometown, the city of brotherly Thugs, Killadelphia, you name it. No place like home. I did the show with my man Storyville, who always has my back when I come into town, and the show was great. Super Big Ups to Big O and DJ Akshun for holding me down... felt like '06 all over again out there.

We shot video but it was waaaaaay too long to post. :-(

Finally got some time off, so I got to visit family and friends, but mostly what I did was sleep. driving across country is HARD work.

Show 7: 7-3-09 @ Dubland Underground, Rochester, NY

I never really felt like a big star until this show. I got in town and met my liason who informed me that I was in the City Paper and they were really expecting a dope crowd. I had fun, we ripped it, and made some really good friends and fans.

I have to shout out Ray (Fumaofthelake), who I met on my Message Board, for coming through, but also for telling friends and offering a place to crash!

more to come later.... i'm tired.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Back to the Future Tour!

The “Back to the Future Tour” will kick off June 17 in Albuquerque, NM and ends July 25 at the granddaddy of them all, Comic Con.

Tour Dates and Locations:
June 17, 2009 @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque, NM
June 18, 2009 @ Code Red, Las Cruces, NM
June 20, 2009 @ TBA, El Paso, TX
June 22, 2009 @ The Cavern, Dallas, TX
June 25, 2009 @ Café Coco, Nashville, TN
June 26, 2009 @ Tacony Billiards Club, Philadelphia, PA
June 30, 2009 @ Pure Lounge, Washington, DC
July 3, 2009 @ Dubland Underground, Rochester, NY
July 9, 2009 @ Midtown Tavern, Harrisburg, PA
July 11-12 2009 @ Nerdapalooza 2009 (Holiday Inn Orlando), Orlando, FL
July 17-18, 2009 @ Otakon (Baltimore Conv Center), Baltimore, MD
July 24, 2009 @ Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn, NY
July 25, 2009 @ Comic-Con (San Diego Conv Center), SD, CA
July 31, 2009 @ TuCon, Tucson, AZ
August 15, 2009 @ San-Japan, San Antonio, TX

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Jay-Z - D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)


Jiggaman returns and fires shots at the hip hop game.

I love it.

Just watching Flex and Mister Cee go ape over the premiere gave me some goosebumps and took me back to those late nights in Philly listening to RadioActive.


“Only rapper to rewrite history without a pen,
No ID on the track let the story begin, begin, begin” (chorus)

This is anti autotune, death of the ringtone, this ain’t for itunes, this ain’t for sing alongs,
this is Sinatra at the opera, bring a blonde, preferably with a fat ass who can sing a song, wrong,
this aint politcally correct, this might offend my political connects,
my raps don’t have melodies, this should make jackers wanna go and commit felonies, ahh
get your chain tooken, I may do it myself - I’m so Brooklyn.
I know we facing a recession, but the music y’all making going make it the great depression.
All y’all lack aggression put your skirt back down, grow a set man.
Yeah this just violent, this is the death of autotune, moment of silence.


This ain’t a number one record, this is practically assault with a deadly weapon,
I made it just for flex and Mister CEE I want people to feel threatened
stop your bloodclot crying, the kid, the dog everybody dying, no lying,
you boys jeans too tight, you colors too bright, your voice too light
I might wear black for a year straight, I might bring back Versace shades
this ain’t for z100, Ye told me to kill y’all to keep it 1 hundred,
this is for hot 97, for Khaled we the best’n,
yeah this is just violent, this is death of autotune, moment of silence.


This might need a verse from Jeezy, I might send this to the mixtape weezy,
get somebody from BMF to talk on this, give this to a blood let a crip walk on it,
50 thou to style on this, I just don’t need nobody to smile on this,
you rappers singing too much, get back to rap you t-paining too much.
I’m a multi-millionaire so how is it I’m still the hardest here,
I don’t be in the project hallway talking about how I be in the project all day
that sound stupid to me, if you a gangsta this is how you prove it to me.
Yeah just get violent, this is death of auto-tune moment of silence.



Monday, May 18, 2009

the Ex-TeacherRapperHero blog.

good news first.

<a href="">TeacherRapperIntro (produced by DN3) by Random (Mega Ran)</a>

and now, bad news.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Random interviews Saigon. "I'm Still On Atlantic Records."

lot of real talk in this interview.... between all the other stuff.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Random is Wired with Capcom (interviews)

Mega Ran 9 seems to be picking up a new steam; it's sold out at a few online retailers and people seem to be content with spending money for it...go figure.

a few new interviews have surfaced this week, including a Q&A with S-Kill of Capcom Unity... a great read.


Unity: Who are you collaborating with these days? What do you feel they bring to the table creatively?

I draw so much inspiration from so many things and people, so I've been working with a few awesome producers and musicians. K-Murdock, of the group Panacea, and I are working on a project called Forever Famicom, where he'll make the beats off of plenty of the classic NES games, and I'll lay the vocals.

I've recently signed a deal with a Japanese label, River City Records, to release an album called Randomonium' this year; it'll contain some of my biggest "hits" if you can call them that, along with some new stuff. Collaborators on there include DN3; my DJ, Samik, Young B, DJ Prolifik, Wordsworth, 88-Keys, Naledge of Kidz in the Hall and more.

There's more, as the good folks at Wired Magazine's blog put me up on the front page for a spell

and then asked me some great questions. Click to read.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Random Blogs: The Game in Concert, Phoenix

I tell ppl all the time that Game is one of my favorite rappers today... its sort of a guilty pleasure. I mean, he can spit but we all know what's gonna come out of his mouth... and yet its STILL entertaining.

anyway I saw him live a few weeks ago and he pulled THIS stunt:

i say they just carry an empty bottle around to each show and fill it with spring water... thoughts?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Get Mega Ran 9. Now.

okay this isn't really a demand, but a call for you to stop by my new site: and grab the Mega Ran 9 album... I mean, it's free!


Monday, February 02, 2009

My Interview with J-Live

the 'Random Interviews' continue with a short chat with one of my favorites, fellow Teacher/MC J-Live. I thought I stayed busy...he wears a few more hats than I do, as a DJ and producer, and family man as well.

I remember seeing him live in like 2004 opening for GZA, and he blew me away by rapping and spinning at the same time.

We went on to do a show together in Philly when he lived out there, and now he's in Atlanta.

so here are the questions...
(part 1)

[b]Which artist has you whipped? (meaning you'll buy whatever they put out)[/b]

The Roots. Whether I like it or not. I always look forward to their
albums. Closest thing left for me to anticipating walking home from
The Wiz with a cassette in the walkman.

[b] how do you measure success in music?[/b]

For me. When enough people know love and support my music that I can support my children's children, build great things in my community,
and impact the planet not just with inspiring and enlightening
thoughts and sounds, but with endeavors that empower the so called third world.

[b] is Obama the answer?[/b]

No. There's too many questions. He is our President. OUR President.
The first time in MY lifetime I actually feel well represented in the
Executive Branch. And not just because he's black. He was the best man
for the job. He's the anti Bush. And its great having black love in
the White House and such a beautiful historic First Family. Makes me

[b] when did you realize that music was your calling...if it is :)[/b]

Tokyo Japan in the late 90s doing Club Yellow and being told it was
the illest show since Tribe Called Quest.

here's an mp3 for of my favorite J-Live jams..

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Splash Mountain

Here it is, finally...


Random - Splash Woman
Produced by Samik
mixed and mastered by Storyville @ Deepscene Studios

hear here:

own here:

My message Board (exclusive section)

enjoy everywhere ;D

pass on!

but bring them here


Friday, January 02, 2009

Happy Blue Year.

I just landed in Phoenix and was very happy to see and feel 70 degree weather. I got a lot of work done on Mega Ran 9, in fact about 65% of it is done. I have a few last minute entries on the beat side of things that are making me rethink a few songs.

one that is definitely done is Megalude 9. if you remember on the first Mega Ran, there was an instrumental interlude... so this one will also have that.

here it is; sampled from Wily Stage 3 and played by Vince "The Rocket Scientist."

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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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