Thursday, December 23, 2010
*I don't NEED anything on this list, but these are some things that I really want, and I wish I could get... yaknow.
listed in order of price, not preference.
*if its deleted, it's because it's been taken care of.. <3 my peeps.
2. Book: Decoded by Jay - Z
(18.88 @ Amazon)
The excerpts I've read are amazing and I've heard nothing by good reviews.
3a. Swatch Mens Watch GN230
($49.99 or less @ Amazon)
my mom always gets me a watch every year, but just once I'd like to get one I'd actually wear... and it's blue..perfect.
3b. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - Xbox 360
(49.99 used, 59.99 new @ Gamestop)
I've played a little of the AC games and I've enjoyed them a lot.
4. Jordan 11 Cool Grey size 14
(174.99 wherever you can find them)
These shoes first dropped in 2001, and were a big hit... I had just graduated from college then and couldnt get them. I'm nowhere near the sneaker head I was back then, but these are dope.
5. Native Instruments Maschine
(599.99 @ Amazon)
The ultimate beatmaking device. This thing could make me throw away a lot of junk in my studio and still make good stuff. it's an all-in-one, and a beast of a machine.
and there it is....
oh and of course if you want to help out.. :-)
Saturday, November 06, 2010
here we go...ready to blast off on the BITS and RHYMES tour!
Click here for more info on that
Remember, although we don't seem like it, Ran and K are mere mortals, working feverishly on a 2 to 3 man operation to get you guys the music you love.
So, as we set out on our loooooooooong journey, we would like to offer you the opportunity to donate towards our road snack fund... Beef Jerky, Doritos and Red Bulls aren't cheap, in addition to hotels and other various expenses that come up on the road.
So thank you in advance for your well wishes... but for those who want to do more.. please feel free to donate HERE.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE!
every dollar counts. ALSO, everyone who donates $5 or more will get a FREE exclusive, never before heard song by Ran and K.... Thank you for listening.
See ya on the road!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Saturday, October 09, 2010
This ran this past Tuesday out there... wow.
Thanks to James Johnson, Laurie Conrad and The Associated Press...and Seth for the amazing quotes!
and to Mel "DN3" Raymond and Giovanni "G" Turner. Your quotes are missing but your influence and impact has been felt. Thank you.
if you can't read it, click for links.
and Thank you for Listening.
Monday, September 06, 2010
PHOENIX, AZ - You might remember Philly-born Teacher/Rapper/Producer Random (aka Mega Ran) released his last album, the gamer throwback Forever Famicom with producer K-Murdock of Panacea in June 2010. The album was praised for its nostalgic beats and heartfelt lyrics.
One week ago, the duo decided to involve the fans in the next evolution of the highly popular project, by developing a DVD movie and vinyl version of the album. They asked the fans to donate through Kickstarter, and the fans answered…big time.
In just 5 days, the project has reached its $2500 goal, and is now over $3000 with over 20 days remaining on the campaign.
In response to the overwhelming fan support, Ran decided to release a special album for free, entitled Heroes, Volume One. The 10-track album features production by DN3, EOM, CJ and Ran himself, sampling records from music icons like James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Jacksons, Stevie Wonder and more.
click to download.
Enjoy, and if you’d like to donate, there's still time. visit the Kickstarter Page:
Thank you for supporting Random and Team Forever Famicom.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
check it out, like it, even download it right here for free.
big ups to Derrick Canton on the beat.
also, I'm holding a remix video contest, work on something cool and I'll give you Random's entire catalog!!
can't beat it.
That also includes the new and fabulous FOREVER FAMICOM!
FOREVER FAMICOM - Released June 1, 2010
Special ode to the Nintendo and Super NES systems. Produced entirely by K-Murdock of Panacea.
Includes the favorites "Dream Master," "Epoch" and "Forever"
Friday, June 25, 2010
When Michael Jackson passed on June 25, 2009, I was in Nashville, on tour, and I saw the rumors coming across Twitter at an alarming rate... I ran to the closest place with a TV, which was a Burger King of all places.. with a major spelling faux pas on the sign outside.
... and sat there glued to the TV until I heard the news.
I didn't even want to perform that night... in fact the show itself is pretty much a blur. Worst was I had to drive from Nashville to Philly that next day, all alone. I played "Man In The Mirror" about 75 times on repeat, no joke.
It's a shame, because as great as MJ was... we took his talent and influence for granted. There will never ever be another Michael Jackson, and we were blessed to be able to see you at your peak.
When MJ won all those Grammys in 1985, I remember begging my mom to stay up later, to see how many he would win. Up until the credits rolled on the show, I was sure he would win 15 or 20.
I felt like I lost an uncle, a family member that day. Words really can't express MJ's influence on my childhood, my culture, my life. I still have a pic of myself in the Thriller jacket dancing to some MJ (I won't upload that, don't ask). There's no way I can ever repay him for all the memories, but I figured I'd try the best way I knew how. I created a tribute song to one of my favorite MJ tunes, "Off The Wall."
Here's my song with DN3, collectively known as The RandomBeagle - "Enjoy Yourself"
Random and DN3 (The RandomBeagle) - "Enjoy Yourself"
Sunday, June 13, 2010
June 15-17, 2010 – Special Appearance @ E3 Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA – 10am – 6pm (must register to attend)
June 15, 2010 – Live Performance @ West Coast Wigout 2! @ Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA w/A_Rival, The Megas and more. 7PM -11PM (Random set time TBA) $10.
June 16, 2010 – Live Performance w/K-Murdock in Digital Drinks by Digital LA and GamerGirl
@ The Conga Room, Los Angeles, CA 7PM to 10PM (Random’s set time TBA) $10 ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED
(E3 attendees FREE, no RSVP required) RSVP HERE
June 17, 2010 – Live Performance/Appearance @ Mindshare LA
, @ the 740 Club, 753 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA
anyone interested in coming to any of these events, hit me up about guest lists, discount rates, etc. I gotcha!
Order Forever Famicom NOW! and get a free bonus CD!
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Well here we are! it's been a long time coming, but we're here! Forever Famicom Day!
FOREVER FAMICOM is the much talked about collaboration album by Random and K-Murdock, celebrating the old school and new school.
Check out 1UP.com's excellent interview.
Reviews, Reviews, and More Reviews are beginning to pour in, keep em coming!
if you're on Twitter, today is the day to hit up hashtag #ForeverFamicom to let people know about the project!
Once per day, I'll pick a random tweeter (that's what they're called, right? ) who uses the hashtag #foreverfamicom to get a FREE T-Shirt or Forever Famicom magnet! you can't beat free..
Next question is... what do you think? What song should we shoot a video for? anything stand out to you? let us know. we've got some ideas up the sleeve.
WHAT IS FOREVER FAMICOM?? (refresher course by Random and K-Murdock)
also as a reward for being a super supporter, save 45% on any Random music purchase at http://random.bandcamp.com with the code "megaranrocks" (no quotes)
Still like picking up CDs at stores? Forever Famicom is now in these stores:
Fat Beats Records (with free T-Shirt!)
7600 Melrose Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA - (323) 655-8997
Fat Beats Records
406 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY - (212) 673-3883
2000 Central Avenue Southeast,
Albuquerque, NM - (505) 246-9455
more locations being added, like as I type!
Not in your local store? Okay, do one of two things:
* email me your local store's info
* get yours with rush shipping by clicking the link here...
or at Underground Hip-Hop.com:
Mega Ran (aka Random) & K-Murdock feat. Ariano, In80, Jermiside, Schaffer The Darklord - Forever Famicom (Audio CD)
don't forget, those who preordered should be on the lookout for a Bonus Beats pak THIS WEEK containing instrumentals and unreleased tracks!
but there's MORE!
my brother from another Haj of DUMHI is dropping a super dope project this month, called The Jungle.
his 1st single, "Philly Cousins" with Reef The Lost Cauze, is burning up right now, and I'm on the 2nd single, "Dumhi Cannons" with Ethel Cee.. A video for this song will premiere TODAY on the Dumhi website, so check it out!
So to recap:
* Get Forever Famicom, either at a record store, or at this link.
* on Twitter? tag #foreverfamicom and win free stuff.
* Also support the new Dumhi project, at dumhi.com
* Let me know of any record stores in your area.
* Have a great day.
Peace and blessings.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Thought he was done? Not yet! Random, aka Mega Ran releases a video his second Mega Man 10 remix track, and the results are.. well... sick! The track is available on Random's Bandcamp site as well as on iTunes, for just a buck... he says that once the song receives 10 downloads and 10 iTunes comments (get it, for Mega Man 10), he'll begin working on the next track. The song samples the "Go Together" Theme by Inti Creates on the Mega Man 10 game.Video work by Random and Griff Morivan.
Download and donate:
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
what up gang... I know it's been a minute since you heard some new Random music (yeah, like a whole month since "306"), but I wanted you to know that Mega Ran has also been hard at work. Between The Forever Famicom project with K-Murdock, and the Language Arts project with DN3 and EOM, I may or may not be working on a something special based on the return of an 8-bit icon to the gaming world.
MEGA MAN 10 is supposed to be dropping next month on Wii, Ps3 and Xbox Live, and I only get asked about 17 times a day if I'm gonna work on something related to this game release.
So....Here's the short answer.
your 99 cents will go a loooooooooooooooong way towards motivating me to do a whole Mega Ran 10 album....maybe. yeah.
TEXAS - if you're in San Antonio this weekend, I'll be out there at Our Lady of the Lake University droppin' a full set plus panel discussion. I'll be sure to bring my cowboy hat.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Click to hear "306," produced by EOM.
The number refers to the room in the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King often stayed when he visited Memphis, TN, and where he spent the final minutes of his life. I had a chance to stop in Memphis on tour this summer, and the first place I went was to the Lorraine, which is now a Civil Rights Museum..and it was truly moving.
It was then and there that I took out a pen and paper and started writing "306." Honestly it was one of the hardest songs for me to write, as it got me a little emotional.
I planned to write an entire album based on MLK's life, and this wouldve been the final song... but it was just too big of a task to undertake. a great man like King deserved more time and effort than I could give them.. but thanks so much for the feedback.. tell a friend. ;D
Saturday, January 02, 2010
JANUARY 2009 - I spent New Years of 2009 at a great party hosted by Haj of Dumhi. had a great time, then hopped a plane that morning back to Phoenix.
also in January, I debuted my 2nd music video, one of my favorite songs, PUSH.
The video was directed by John Colombo, who has also gone on to make some huge moves this year!
The vid got me some much appreciated love from a site that i've always frequented, among others.
The Year was only just beginning.
FEBRUARY 2009 In February, I dropped the free version of Mega Ran 9 to a hungry video game and hip hop audience, and the response was astounding. My peeps at Capcom showed love as well, and when the full version dropped in March, a dope video was available for Splash Woman.
many thanks to Music Video Mayhem!
also in Feb, Street Fighter 4 released and sapped a lot of my creativity and memory. Moving on...
MARCH 2009 - I officially released Mega Ran 9 for sale, and people bought it! thanks guys. (plug--- go cop that.)
March was pretty big for a few reasons: I took my yearly trip to Florida for a gig at Anime Express, and the adventure became a song. Also, I signed my first Japanese record label contract with River City Records to release Randomonium, an import-only release.
APRIL 2009- I learned that Scribble Jam and Blender, 2 media outlets who were very instrumental in supporting Random in 2008, were no more :-( This was only the beginning of the bad news.
MAY 2009 - I experienced ups and downs at the same time. While I was set to release my first mixtape, TeacherRapperHero, more love came my way, but the biggest bombshell of my life was on the way.
Random got fired.
a week after teacher appreciation day.
JUNE 2009 - Never down for long, I went on with the plan to tour the country with my man 50 grand Mr. Miranda, for the Back to the Future Tour.
had great times, met some great people....
June 25, Nashville, TN. Cafe Coco. I got the news of Michael Jackson's passing and didn't want to believe it, let along perform that night. crazy crazy moment.
JULY 2009 - I got to Rochester New York to find my face in the paper! what a scary thought.
After that it was Comic Con time, and I had the opportunity of a lifetime when myself , Blaze Rock and Storyville's tune "Remainder is One" got put on the Marvel vs Capcom 2 Mixtape.
and its on the Playstation Network!
AUGUST 2009 - I'm back in the teaching world as I get offered and accept a new position teaching 7th/8th graders.
SEPTEMBER 2009 - I started writing a bunch of new music but had no place to put it, so on my birthday (the 3rd, put it on your calendars), I released a short online-only project to get those songs out there. included was this little ditty:
OCTOBER 2009 - I got myself a full page article in the Phoenix New Times, that was exciting. I also traveled to Battle Creek Michigan for a show, home of Kellog's.
NOVEMBER 2009 - I don't remember much happening in November, I guess I was just ready for the holidays.
DECEMBER 2009 I went home to visit the fam and was greeted by 23 inches of snow. and they wonder why I say I wont move back tot he east coast. there, I got a crazy idea about the new Mega Man 10 game... crazy. Sign the Petition!
I spent the last week of 2009 visiting Atlanta as an unexpected stop on the way back to Philly.
Also, I just found out I ended the year as the #1 ranked hip-hop artist on Reverbnation in Phoenix, AZ. whoo!
so that was my year, now I'll end it off with some photos.. enjoy and Happy New Year!
Raheem Mega Ran Jarbo
- 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.