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What Is MegaRan’s Big Secret? 3 Days Left On Kickstarter Stretch Goal Or We’ll Never Know

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MegaRan Mega Man blowing up in your face with an incredibly successful and fan-loving Kickstarter that has seen everything from the sale of MegaRan’s own Famicom to the reveal of crazy tracks like The Philadelphia Way (Click Here) to hear that and listen to a newer one below to even MegaRan selling the tie off his neck – all in the noble and global pursuit of getting The Mega Ran Documentary – Mega Lo Mania: The Director’s Cut published on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, Redbox, Film Festivals, and likely anywhere else MegaRan and his team of international PR ninjas can get their foot into a door. This is the type of moment that fans live for, to see an artist who was once completely underground having their story told in front of the world. MegaRan is responsible for some of the best pairings of Video Games and Hip Hop ever created, and even hosts a panel on Video Games And Hip Hop in our home town Boston, MA every PAX East. I was originally going to make this post about the next Mega Man album that’s hitting, the excitement of which I think is going to rise greatly as the wrap up of the year approaches and fans have time to catch up with all of the great flood of excellent Nerdcore news this holiday season.

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But now I just need to know…

MegaRan Stretch Goals

What is MegaRan’s Big SECRET???

We have only 3 days left to find out. I can see the money adding up every second from people who might be fans of Black Materia: Final Fantasy VII Hip Hop Album, Forever Famicom, Blur Bomber, MegaRan and his Solo Missions like MegaRan 9, TeacherRapperHero Series, Language Arts Vol. 1, 2, 3, The Call: 8 Bit Anniversary Edition and the dual mind albums like Mirandom – Memorandum,

All backers names are on the back of the Nintendo NES cartridge album, many backers are getting MegaRan’s 2015 album in Vinyl, Audio CD, digital MP3, and more. It’s time for everyone to pull out the stops on making sure every MegaRan fan at least knows about this and has the option to get some of these crazy goodies – because at this point Mega Ran is raising up Stretch Goals upon Stretch Goals including GETTING A TATTOO, dropping A NEW MEGA MAN ALBUM AND A 2015 ALBUM and more. But at $20,000 a “Secret Project” that Random House is teasing will be unlocked. We have no idea what this project is all about, but MegaRan has been playing an awful lot of awesome retro games lately, working with a lot of Nerdcore and Hip Hop Artists, and it could literally be anything. We’ve come this far, So back now! 3 Days Left!

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Update w/ Disclosure: I decided to back the Kickstarter for MegaRan’s Documentary to hit Netflix and other distributors. As according to our new RGN Public Ethics Policy, I will no longer be reporting on MegaRan’s work in an Evaluative Manner (i.e. Reviews) and will have another author Reviewing the work whereas I will be allowed to continue Informative Reporting (non-evaluative, i.e. News). If you have any feedback on this Ethics Policy, please comment on this article below or on our Policy itself and we’ll be sure to take your feedback into high regard. – Jon Ireson, Editor-In-Chief at RealGamerNewz.com

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In Case You Missed Bit Gen 9 Gamer Fest, Watch MegaRan, K Murdock, Skyblew, and Soultron of D&D Sluggers Perform Live in 1080P

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Nerdcore, Hip Hop, Chiptune, call it what you want to call it but at the end of the day aren’t we all just fans of music that’s great and makes us feel something? If you weren’t fortunate enough to see the live performance that capped off the Odds N Ends Tour then check out this replay video from Down In Front Productions who were kind enough to capture this moment for the world in High Definition 1080P quality.

Some real classics were performed live at this show as well as fresh material, unexpected moments, and a completely random (no pun intended) freestyle from Random AKA MegaRan which really enforce the talent and fun-loving nature of this headlining artist who has come from a gamer no one knew to a world touring musician all thanks to his dedication to the blue bomber also known as MegaMan. Enjoy and stay tuned for more updates on gaming related music right here at RealGamerNewz.

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MegaRan + K Murdock Announce The Opposite Of War Tour Hitting Down South August

The Opposite of War MegaRan South Tour 2014

Random AKA MegaRan is a hip hop artist and real gamer responsible for such hits as Forever Famicom (the gamer’s soundtrack to life as produced by K Murdock), Black Materia (the world’s most personal and introspective Final Fantasy 7 rap ever), and many more. As an artist constantly on the road these days, you might have seen him live at your favorite game industry event like PAX, SXSW, or even E3.

Fresh on the heels of the Odds N Ends Tour and the announcement of an upcoming September tour of the UK with Mr. Miranda, MegaRan has now announced The Opposite Of War Tour which will take place down south in the good ol’ US of A featuring K Murdock, Doug Funnie, and Tribe One. Not only that, TRAP 2 is still available to download until the end of the week for those true fans who would like to help fund that UK tour I just mentioned. This album was originally sold only on tour, and who knows when you’ll get another chance to buy it again after this.

The reason we talk so much about MegaRan is one of the hardest working Nerdcore artists out there and provides the music business with something more soulful than just empty rhymes about how Mario is cool or it was tough being a nerd growing up. Random (AKA MegaRan) is working on a number of projects that are aimed to drop this year and really provoke us to think about the world from a big picture viewpoint. Beyond that, his music is very well produced and rhymes are always on point. Take a look at the tour dates in the image at the top of this article and view some more detailed links to some of those Opposite Of War shows below.

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More Info will be available soon, keep in touch with MegaRan or buy tickets at MEGARAN.COM

Atlanta – http://thedrunkenunicorn.net/?events=wednesday-august-13th-mega-ran-w-k-murdoch

Austin! (might be a second show added) – http://www.classicgamefest.com/

Orlando Nerd Fest! – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/531288

San Antonio – http://www.502bar.com/calendar/

 

****BONUS:

Check out the other tour dates in between from MegaRan, Alternative Tour Art below, as well as a new promo pic I drafted up for RGN just for the fun of it:

The Opposite Of War MegaRan 2014 Tour

MegaRan July 16 2014 Tour

MegaRan San Diego Comic Con 2014

RGN Random Mini Promo

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Random AKA MegaRan Music 24 Hour “Pay What You Want” Discount

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Random AKA MegaRan (responsible for such albums as Blur Bomber, Black Materia (FF7 Remix), Castlevania: The Nocturnal Cantata, Forever Famicom, Mega Ran 9, and a lot more). This is in celebration of breaking 10,000 likes on The Official MegaRan Facebook Page.

Excerpt From The Official Press Release:

“To celebrate, I’ve marked ALL MY MUSIC down to pay what you want for 24 hours. All albums! pay $1, pay $5, pay $100…. or even pay nothing! Just go here and get to shopping.”

ALSO: more tour dates! Still on the road, this is what the rest of the schedule looks like:

2.27.14 @ Sabbatical, Indianapolis, IN 
2.28.14 @ Subterranean, Chicago, IL 
3.1.14 @ 42 Lounge, Milwaukee, WI 
3.3.14 @ 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN (w/e-dubble) 
3.4.14 @ Pixels, Ames, IA 
3.5.14 @ Star Clipper Comics, St. Louis, MO 
3.7.14 @ The Boiler Room, Dallas, TX 
3.8.14 @ Hole In The Wall, Austin, TX (performing an all-“Black Materia” set) 
3.11.14 @ SXSW (Official Showcase) Flamingo Cantina, Austin, TX 
3.12.14 @ SXSW, Room 18D, (The Nerdy Music Panel) Austin Convention Center. Start Time: 3:30 PM

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Final Fantasy VII (New PC Version) Review

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Final Fantasy VII is arguably the single handedly most well known role playing game ever released out of Japan. Originally hitting the Sony PlayStation exclusively in 1997, this game has gone on to see a retro release on Windows PC in 1998 and is also available as a digital download from the PlayStation Store (compatible with PSP, PS3, and PS Vita). However, until now – there have been no noticeable adjustments made to the game’s look across these versions. Square Enix has taken the liberty of putting out a New PC Version that now comes with achievements, enhanced graphics, and a few other features that attempt to avoid spoiling the game while at the same time bringing it in line with modern releases of the genre.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Final Fantasy VII plot lines and lore though, allow me to first introduce what makes this game an incredible “must-play” masterpiece before I discuss the enhancements that this new version brings to the table.

Final Fantasy VII, or FF7 for short, has been referred to as “the best Final Fantasy” by a large group of series fans. Those who haven’t played it before might not be aware of this, but despite the fantasy theme this game maintains – most of its intrigue is mature and advanced, deep rooted emotional conflicts that take place during an Armageddon-like event, draconian conspiracies, shadow government rule, corrupt corporations, biological experimentation, destruction of the planet for un-natural resources, and much more. Beyond that, the game’s well defined characters see a myriad of adventures that could be considered side-quests by modern definition yet feel completely as part of the intended full experience.

First off, as with most FF games, greed and the desire for ultimate power and control have brought mankind to the brink of extinction due to worldwide calamities both long-term / ongoing and short-term / on the way. It’s the end of the world as the game’s main characters know it. With society suffering from the problems ranging from those listed in the paragraph above and it’s implied many times that the ones we live with in real life today are also present for the citizens of Midgar and the world in general. The main villains in the game are the evil corporation ShinRa who use the planet’s life force energy similar to oil drilling in real life but exponentially made worse by the fact that life force is the soul of the planet and recycled souls of animals, plants, and human beings are what makes up the life force. ShinRa also uses the energy to create Mako which is similar to nuclear energy the way it is radioactive, except this stuff causes a ShinRa SOLDIER to transform into a monster given enough exposure.

Sephiroth is one of those monsters, and so is the main playable character Cloud Strife (an interesting name for one who goes through much strife throughout the course of FF7’s timeline and seems to have a cloudy memory of who / what he is and comes from). During the game Sephiroth will ultimately rise up to take the main presence in the villainous side of things as even ShinRa wants to stop him. The player is inducted into a resistance group known as AVALANCHE who fight against ShinRa and attempt to protect the planet from Sephiroth who seems to have gone on a murderous rampage since discovering his origins as a dark secret experiment within ShinRa laboratories.

Though this narrative sets up for some high intensity and emotional value, and takes place over many hours of time, some of the best gameplay scenes in Final Fantasy VII occur almost randomly or off of the main trail the game provides. Whether taking it upon themselves to save the Phoenix at Fort Condor (a detailed strategy mini-game), defeat the Battle Arena at the Golden Saucer, or seek out rare monsters such as Ruby Weapon and Emerald Weapon, players have many optional pieces of content to discover. Many of these other experiences feel like they have had their own mini-game engine built into FF7, and this further cements the title as a technical accomplishment for the time period it was released in – while also helping to prevent it from getting stale in a modern play-through.

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In addition to a compelling narrative, plenty of deeply thought out side-content, and seemingly endless hours of grinding / leveling up – Final Fantasy VII also features a pretty unique magic system for its time. Magic spells are held in containers that are like glass balls called Materia. This means that Materia can be switched around between characters, so no one spell gets stuck with a character – it can be replaced or used by anyone else if swapped around between battles. For example, if Cloud masters  a Materia that would mean that all spells are unlocked within it and if that Materia was removed from Cloud’s weapon and placed into Barret’s weapon then Barret would be able to cast all of those spells instead.

In addition to this, some Materia gives abilities like Steal and can be upgraded (to Mug for example which includes an attack as well as a Steal move in the same turn). There are also some weapons / armor that allow for two Materia pieces to be linked together. This comes in handy with extender / modifier Materia like ‘ALL’ Materia which allows a user to use a spell against every enemy (cast Fire3 on three enemies at once) or towards every party member (cast Cure2 on three allies at once).

Final Fantasy VII features one of the most well known Summon systems and is extremely simple thanks to the Materia system mentioned above. Simply have a Summon Materia equipped for a particular Summon (example: Ifrit, Shiva, Ramuh, Odin, Bahamut) then use the Summon command mid-battle. A cut-scene is called upon and the Summon will attempt to do epic damage using some really cool to watch moves. Of course, some Summons of FF7 have been accused of being way too long of a cut-scene in past days, so be sure to turn the Battle speeds all the way up in the menu system. You can also set ATB to Active meaning that enemies will not wait their turn to make a move and you’ll have to be quick on your toes. This also makes things go by quicker though and can be a fun sort of challenge for those who are mastering the game.

Speaking of mastering the game, Final Fantasy VII is a lot about grinding and even more about strategy. Players will be encouraged to wander off of the main mission for hours at a time fighting enemies that they find to yield an acceptable amount of experience (used to level up characters) and AP (used to level up Materia). Once leveled up in terms of character levels and Materia abilities, players will find that they still need a high level of strategic knowledge and understanding to win battles. Not everything is so easy as the battles done to grind up levels, and critical thinking is still needed to survive – especially when using an Active ATB. It’s also pretty important to note that anytime a new character is introduced in Final Fantasy VII, their level will be higher or lower based on your party members and how much time you’ve spent leveling them up. Also, There are definitely areas of the game that require specific knowledge about how to defeat enemies and what level to be at before even attempting it.

Now before we go any further in discussing what players might already know about the game, one thing that veteran FF7 players will want to know about right away is controller support. There are tons of hacks and homebrew applications to make the craziest controllers work on games that don’t officially support them, but these can be annoying to set up or maintain. Happily this New PC Version of Final Fantasy VII provides support for more than just the Xbox 360 controller. Legacy controllers by Logitech were found to be working as well. The DualShock 4 is currently not supported straight out of the box for this game though, which is disappointing considering the timing of this release and the fact that it could have easily been added in. That being said, the game feels great on one of your older controllers and is of course a PC game so is wide open to modification.

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Final Fantasy VII uses a tool called Tifa’s Boot Leg to manage / install mods for the game. Some of the mods that have been created by the PC Gaming community for FF7 so far include things like an “Ultra HD” mod with very high-resolution graphics, “Nightmare Mode” (a more difficult version of the game where enemies are supposed to be smarter and tougher), and stranger things like the “Aeris Revival Patch” which allows a main character whose life was cut short to carry on with the rest of the crew towards the final mission.

Modding the game will disable the chance to use Square Enix Cloud Saves and disable the ability to earn Steam Achievements, which means players might be better off doing a clean run-through of the game before indulging in that sort of thing. Enhanced graphics are just slightly tweaked in the stock version of the game, but look better than ever with a very small amount of liberty being taken on the expansion of the level of detail seen in characters’ facial expressions.

This time around, players not only have the benefit of the enhanced visuals and de ja vu feel of replaying this classic RPG from the 90s, but also the opportunity to listen to new accompanying material while doing so. Random AKA MegaRan has teamed up with Lost Perception to produce Black Materia, a musical rendition of the events that take place in the game featuring modern hip hop beats created using the actual Final Fantasy VII soundtrack itself. I highly recommend listening to this album while playing the game as it really humanizes the entire big picture scenario for players who may want to know what’s going on in a more relatable way without waiting the many tens of hours for major plot details to reveal themselves. Take a listen to some of the tracks below, or preview the entire album for free here.

In many ways, Final Fantasy VII can be seen as a parable to real life. Whether it be the government conspiracy, corporate takeover, or the Mako Reactor startling resemblance to Nuclear Reactors seen on Earth, it would seem that Final Fantasy VII is trying to tell us something. The way that magic takes a new form as Materia is reminiscent of Magicite from Final Fantasy VI and equipping different Materia to different characters provides an even more elaborate way to train magic for all characters that isn’t redundant like switching Espers to teach every character the same spell in FF6. The Materia system and how it works, as well as the benefits from it, tells the story of how technological enhancements change the battlefield from earlier times to the modern age. Even the FF7 Summon-based Materia which essentially holds the essence of the being it summons is still red like the FF6 Magicite which was the remains of an Esper (beings made up of pure ethereal energy).

Evolution of man on Earth has led to the destruction of natural resources much like in the way that it has in Final Fantasy VII. In real life, humans still have time to work through these issues in slow motion using political systems and scientific research painstakingly done in labs over long periods. However, in the Final Fantasy VII video game, these issues are seen in a fictional world made up of magic, monsters, and war of the classes and must be addressed immediately as the hybrid Sephiroth attempts to clean the planet of all human beings.

Tons of side content exists in FF7, and every character has deeply rooted backstories that can be discovered and explored one way or another. As mentioned previously, places like the Golden Saucer provide many activities. But if a giant casino in the sky with tons of games to play and contests to win isn’t enough to keep your interest, there’s also snowboarding, Strategy RPG gaming at Fort Condor, buying a mansion on the beach, flying the airship around an open world full of secret items and events, and something called Materia caves full of valuable magic gems.

Final Fantasy VII Materia Cave

Hidden characters Yuffie and Vincent are unforgettable for veterans of this game and are easy to remember how to obtain, but if you’re new to the game you’ll want to make sure you do a quick google search on them both. You can get them very early in the game and it doesn’t ruin the experience to know ahead of time how to get them since it’s not a part of any spoiler heavy scene. In addition to these things rare equipment, Materia, and weapons can be found in the game’s massive open world only by searching, using vehicles such as the airship or dune buggy, racing Chocobo creatures, breeding Chocobo creatures, and traveling far and wide fighting the monsters that inhabit the world.

Final Verdict:

It can honestly be said that Final Fantasy VII stands the test of time. This New PC Version feels as great as the original and doesn’t require players to look past aged 3D models. Many modding capabilities are available (though not officially supported), but even simply playing through the product Square Enix has provided to the modern Windows PC community is a thrill and brings back memories. Players who have beat the game in the past won’t be able to stop playing, especially if they hook up a controller. With the way the turn-based RPG genre has been going for a while now, this release is exactly what the industry needed and should be looked at as the ideal, masterpiece RPG formula for all others to strive to return to. Final Fantasy VII gets a perfect 10 out of 10 Diamond RGN Rating and is recommended to all gamers.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 10 / 10

RGN Rating : Diamond Game

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Developer / Publisher: Square Enix

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the vendor for the purpose of this Review.

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RGN Week In Review: PS4 Dust 514 + TimeSplitters

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Welcome back to the RealGamerNewz Week In Review. In this episode we talk about a number of topics and go over the last week’s announcements including a lot of interesting things you may have missed. We also talked briefly about DDR4 RAM being put into production and when we might expect to see that trickle down to the mainstream PC Gaming world in addition to a number of other topics including the possibility of an upgraded Dust 514 hitting the PlayStation 4 in addition to the new TimeSplitters Rewind project for Sony’s next-generation console.

There’s also been talk about Kojima’s female Metal Gear Solid V Protagonist and how badazz she is going to be as well as the status of indie games, what to expect for future content from RealGamerNewz, and a lot more. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to watch it live on Google+ we have created this remix version, just hit play to start it up and enjoy. Due to some rendering technical difficulties this time around it’s just a sound file. By the way, the music in the background is Black Materia by Random AKA MegaRan and you can buy a copy here if you are interested in hearing it without our rants on top of it.

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[Music Video Premiere] Random AKA MegaRan – “Doubt Me” featuring Lefty and Futuristic

Random - Doubt Me Video Premiere

Left and Futuristic guest star on the latest Random track to get video treatment today as ‘Doubt Me’ produced by Mr. Throwed sees Music Video Premiere Directed by Michael Cardoza of Glassworks Media. This track is a prelude to what is soon to come, TRAP 2 drops Late 2013 as the sequel to Random’s TRAP EP which turns hip hop on its head with positive and uplifting lyrics set to beats that have no boundaries. Check out the video below which was originally debuted today on PIMB. Don’t forget to find out when to expect Random & K-Murdock’s other upcoming projects and catch a deep perspective from the man himself in our RGN Exclusive Interview w/ Randon HERE.

Random Music Available Now: Amazon | iTunes | BandCamp

 

Don’t forget, Random is On Tour! [Pick Up Tickets Now]. Dates below:

  • 8/3 New Haven, CT – @ Cafe Nine
  • 8/4 Boston, MA – @ Church
  • 8/9 Buffalo, NY – @ Duke’s Bohemian Grove
  • 8/10 Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live – Bit Gen Gamer Fest (Ran only)
  • 8/11 Columbus, OH – @ Double Happiness
  • 8/13 Cincinatti, OH – @ Northside Tavern
  • 8/14 Indianapolis, IN – @ Sabbatical
  • 8/15 Milwaukee – @ Mad Planet
  • 8/16 Minneapolis – @ 7th st. Entry
  • 8/28 Los Angeles, CA – @ The Airliner (Low end Theory)
  • 8/29 Yuma, AZ – @ The Basement Lounge
  • 8/30 Seattle, WA @ PAX PRIME (Ran Only)
  • 8/31 Albuquerque, NM – @ Chill Factory
  • 9/4 Austin, TX – @ The North Door
  • 9/5 San Antonio, TX – @ 502 Bar
  • 9/6 Ft Worth, TX – @ Tomcats
  • 9/7 Fayetteville, AR – @ Smoke and Barrel Tavern
  • 9/10 St. Louis, MO @ Blank Space
  • 9/12 Birmingham, AL – @ The Bottletree
  • 9/13 Atlanta, GA – @ 529
  • 9/14 Jacksonville, FL – @ 1904
  • 9/15 Orlando, FL – @ Bikkuri Lounge (OME and Random only)

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RealGamerNewz Interviews Random: Deep Thoughts from the Artist Known as Mega Ran

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What’s up everybody welcome to the revival of our RealGamerNewz Interviews section. I’m really happy to welcome back Mega Ran to the website. We first met at PAX East a few years back while he was doing a Hip Hop and Gaming Panel with K-Murdock, and since then has gone on to produce some of the most memorable and meaningful hip hop albums on the planet shattering all boundaries and constrictions typically placed on hip hop artists blessed/cursed with the “nerdcore” label.

For those of you who are wondering, what’s going on with Ran these days? And for those of you wanting to get to know him a little deeper, RealGamerNewz presents this exclusive interview straight from the horse’s mouth.

Random on RGN

Jon: First off Random AKA MegaRan, welcome back from the road and how are you enjoying the touring? 🙂

Random: It’s great man.. I really feel like after all the years, and all the hard work, things are finally starting to roll the way I wanted them to. I am truly good right now and it feels really great. I enjoy performing more than anything, so I’m blessed to be able to play so many shows.

Jon: Where is the most unique place you’ve ever performed, if it’s possible to narrow it down to just one?

Random: Wow, there have been a few, with me being such a different breed of rap artist. Ground Kontrol in Portland was my most recent unique performance spot. It’s an arcade bar and they don’t have a stage or sound guy, so we had to put everyone and everything in the back corner and control it while playing.

Jon: We know you’re going to be at PAX Prime performing this year, have you thought about what songs you’re going to perform?

Random: Oh yeah. I’m gonna mix it up as much as possible… I have an entire set planned out, from The Call all the way up to TRAP and Nocturnal Cantata. It’s gonna be an excellent primer for the new fans as well as giving the old fans something new, as all the songs will be covered by an amazing band out of AZ, The Lo Classics.

Jon: What was it like working with Sammus on your latest project Castlevania: The Nocturnal Cantata? Has Konami and the composers/developers behind the franchise given you any feedback?

Modern Art Piece by 박세현

[Modern Art Piece by 박세현]

Random: I haven’t heard from Konami but I had a chance to meet Michiru Yamane (composer of Symphony of the Night) while in Tokyo and that was a surreal experience. She stated that she loved the songs and was actually a hip-hop fan, that was a fun conversation. I performed with her looking on and got the thumbs up. I look forward to making enough money to have to deal with the developers attacking me, ha!

Jon: Now that you are established as a hip hop artist delivering tracks capable of relating video game story-lines, settings, and characters into a real life experience which even non-gamers can relate to (thereby expanding audiences) have game companies approached you to do music for their games?

Random: I’ve done some music for some games, most of which have not seen the light of day. I’m ready to pursue video game soundtracking on a serious level now, after returning from Japan I got the eye of the tiger. I have friends placing music in games and have for some time, and I’m working on an instrumental project that I hope will get people excited about the option of getting my music into games.

Jon: I feel like Final Fantasy VII is a a parable for real life with its themes of Armageddon, corporate corruption, good versus evil, and of course raw human emotion. ‘Cry for the Planet’ is a dope track that you put together which brought these themes into today’s world while still upholding the FF7 concept within its aura. Do you also feel like these games, and consequently your hip hop remixes of the games’ soundtracks, are telling a story that extends to the issues of mankind as a whole, and how would you like to see transversal art like this advance humanity / hip hop?

Random: Thank you. “Cry for the Planet” was the one track that almost didn’t make the album because of it’s story-driven nature, but it was the most important by far. I found inspiration in listening to a lot of Michael Jackson, and the beautiful track “Earth Song” inspired “Cry.” It was so real that it made me feel like it had to be on the album.

Jon: Will you ever do a Final Fantasy VI album? It’s my favorite video game of all time, and I feel it has very deep metaphorical meaning from its foundation to its surface much like how Final Fantasy VII does.

Random: I love FF6, but it didn’t touch me at the time or place that 7 did, but that doesn’t mean I’d never do any tributes to it. K-Murdock and I debate all the time about which is better, and I think I might be able to admit now that FF6 IS actually a better game than FF7, but the advent of the 3-D graphics and amazing landscape made FF7 change role playing games forever. Again, I never say never, so who knows?

Jon: On the TRAP (Television & Radio Are Poison) EP you took the most popular style of beats going in the mainstream industry right now and blessed them with some very deep and meaningful lyrics. It seemed like you are trying to reverse the curse which some of the hip hop industry suffers from, particularly negativity and promotion of a generic image and lifestyle which is ultimately causing the downfall of a lot of good people in our world. What kind of impact do you want TRAP to have on people hearing it for the first time?

Random: I want TRAP to grab people’s ears and hook them in. I hear so many people say “rap sucks these days, but the beats are hot.” So I took a month or so, hit the clubs and listened to the radio and did some real research. I’m like a hip-hop scientist in that regard. I have to do tests and experiments before I get started. Upon listening I agreed. Though today’s hip-hop production style is very different, there are still producers innovating, while most of the rappers are stuck in the dark ages concept and technique-wise. So my plan was to get on beats that they’d expect to hear a Drake, 2 Chainz or Rick Ross on, and give them a little bit of medicine that tasted like candy. I was very pleased with the result, and I actually had a lot of fun!

Jon: Still speaking on TRAP, fans of your gamer raps might have not expected this from you, but what has the feedback been like for this project and what can you tell us about TRAP 2?

Random: I’ve made a lot of new fans and supporters with that project. I get people all the time who tell me that they were moved by the story in “Black Bags,” or touched by “Turn Me Down” or walk around quoting “TRAP (King’s Theme).” I really think it’s the beats that get people into it, and then the lyrics that keep them staying and coming back. What impresses me most is that people actually listen to the words and appreciate the things I’ve said. that’s really made me excited, and that’s why I want to do a part 2. I’m taking my time on this one and it’ll probably not be done until the end of the year or later, but the first single “Doubt Me” with Futuristic and Lefty is coming next week.

Jon: What is your advice to the underground hip hop artists out there right now who might feel frustrated that things aren’t taking off in their career?

Random: I can’t give any advice that won’t sound cliche, but here goes: Be yourself. don’t chase after these people, let them chase you. Get a job so you won’t have to rely on record sales to pay bills. Stay persistent and keep your focus. set small goals that you can easily attain, then late goals. Give it your all.

Jon: Having a positive mindset is something you seem to promote heavily. On TRAP it feels like you are essentially fighting fire with water by attacking negativity in hip hop and television with positive messages. Do you feel that any films and/or video games out there can sometimes have too much negativity in them as well, or do you believe that the quantum nature of their experience allows for each individual to interpret their own vibe from a game?

Random: I try to stay positive all the time, and reflect that in my music. I also try not to make grandiose political or societal statements that can be broken down, misinterpreted and used against me but I think I failed at that with the title of this project, ha.

I don’t believe that movies and games have as much stake in what goes on, as these people are paid actors. The problem with music is that these artists spend a 60 minute album saying how real they are, which makes it hard to differentiate fact from fiction. same with “Reality” TV, where they stress that these people aren’t actors, but in actuality, they create most of the drama they face in the shows for ratings. So I do believe that individuals are able to interpret and enjoy video games without being negatively impacted for the most part, more so than TV and radio, though parents should definitely monitor what their kids are consuming.

Random Deep Thoughts from the artist

Jon: What’s your favorite film of all time and do you feel it has had an impact on society?

Random: My favorite movies are “Casino,” “Dumb and Dumber,” “Full Metal Jacket” and most recently, “Silver Linings Playbook.” I think the combination of these titles is probably what shapes Random more than anything else. I love to laugh, but I also love to get down to business, and build strong relationships through team sports, education and music. So all of those together makes me who I am and affects my everyday being. I don’t know how many of these have impacted society but it’s widely accepted that Full Metal Jacket is one of the greatest movies ever made, and it’s place in history is undeniable…and if you disagree, what’s your major malfunction, numb nuts? Ha.

Jon: With all of the touring and continuous album dropping, do you still get time to game? What do you play these days and what is your most anticipated video game right now?

Random: I don’t have as much time as I’d like, but when I’m home between tours I try to beat at least one game. Right now I’m playing The Last Of Us, and really looking forward to playing the Deadpool game next.

Jon: Can you let us in on some of the thought that went into the ‘Tactics’ track on Time and Space Deluxe Edition? It’s one of those hip hop storytelling joints that leaves you craving for more, and what can I say I’m craving!

Random: Tactics is a two-fold track that simply came from me kicking around the title and some famous sneaky stealth action game stars. I came up with the line ‘Sam Fisher get the picture’ and went from there. I thought, what if there was a “Mission: Impossible” for rappers? That’s where I’d be. So it’s about me being an old fogey, a la Old Snake, say, and having to hunt existing rappers who don’t make wise decisions. there’s a twist at the end (I won’t give it away) and it almost works as a pseudo-origin story for Random, and a message that it’s never too late to go hard. It was weird to me, but I’m glad someone dug it.

Jon: Forever Famicom, which you put together with K Murdock, is an album that gamers can rock from start to finish with perfect flow. We recently heard K teasing a third DLC release. Is there anything you can tease or share with us about this project?

Random: Oh yeah! K sent me a bunch of beats and we’re looking to put the final cap on the series with a DLC3. I can’t speak on the game samples or tracks yet but you’ll get a taste this fall.

Jon: If you were a game designer, what kind of game would you want to be releasing right now?

Random: I’d go with a real life real time present day RPG, kind of like Earthbound, maybe including some aliens or zombies and time travel. It’d be awesome.

Jon: Do you view the console wars of Xbox Vs PlayStation Vs PC Vs Nintendo as constructive for the video games industry or do you think it’s holding the business back?

Random: I like competition, but I feel like there just isn’t any. There are no exclusive titles anymore, outside of Nintendo’s games, so it doesn’t matter much which system you buy these days. it just comes down to brand loyalty. So though I love competition, I don’t feel that we have any, it’s just a market of personal preference. For the console wars to really be effective, we need more companies willing to create great exclusive games and quit porting the same titles.

Jon: Would you rather play a game with bad graphics or bad gameplay?

Random: Bad graphics, all day. it’s all about the gameplay. Legend of Legaia and Xenogears come to mind… and even some people would say Final Fantasy VII. But if a game is fun, I can overlook the graphics flaws, no prob.

Jon: How often do people recognize you in public, and what’s the most interesting thing that’s happened to you when meeting a fan in past couple of years?

Random: I have some strange chance meetings with people, like in restaurants or supermarkets, that’s always interesting. Other times it’s a weird coincidence of some kind. Like, just yesterday, the company I order my shirts from sent me an email, and it was a guy saying “I just saw this order come across and I wanted to email you and say that you’re awesome! been a big fan for years! Black Materia is genius!” I’ve had that happen in comic shops, game stores or places like that.

Most times it’s not that exciting, but I’ve met fans at airports and had whole families take pics with me, I was thinking “This must be what it’s like to be Kanye West,” ha.

Jon: I also asked a couple folks what they would like to see me ask Random before putting together this interview, and here’s what the fans wanted to know:

Fan Question #1: Could you rap about DARK SOULS for me someday?

Random: No. It’s too hard. I think my disc may be broken from tossing it out of my PS3.

Fan Question #2: Do you make beats?

Random: Yes I do, I don’t release a lot of them though, last one I made was “Tactics” on Time and Space. Will be doing an instrumental project soon.

Fan Question #3: A lot of people ask you why don’t you come to “my city” and so what is it being an up-and-coming artist and not being able to travel around everywhere and can you explain to the fans why it is that you only can come to certain cities?

Random: Well we can only come to where we’re requested. and not just by a handful of fans but by a promoter and venue who is willing to take a chance on us. So I get tons of requests to play places and I’m thankful, but until a scene is built that will come out and support these types of events, promoters will think twice about wanting to pay for a show. So it’s very important for fans in small towns to email and call their local venues and request us, to the point where they have no choice but to do it!

Fan Question #4: Will you ever do a song dedicated solely to the fact that you have two names; MegaRan and Random?

Random: Actually yes, I’m working on a song addressing that very issue… possibly for DLC3 🙂

Fan Question #5: Where’s the Sega project from you and K Murdock? We’re waiting patiently. 🙂

Random: We’re undergoing some long and arduous talks with SEGA about what we can and can’t do, since we’re trying to do this one right and on the radar. So this might be a long process. But stay patient, we’re doing our best to make it happen. Thank you guys for the game suggestions! We have a huge list now. Just have to work out the logistics.

RealGamerNewz Interviews Random

There you have it people, the RealGamerNewz interview with Random. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to ask Random, and even after this interview I’ve thought of more questions. Eventually, when time permits, there will probably be a part 2 to this interview. If you have any more questions you want asked, you can email them to tips@realgamernewz.com with the subject “Mega Ran Questions”. Until then, you can listen to Random’s music and order copies as well as official merchandise: CLICK HERE. Find multiple ways to follow Random below, Peace!

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Random on Tour! Coming to a city near you. Check out the dates below:

8/3 New Haven, CT – @ Cafe Nine
8/4 Boston, MA – @ Church
8/9 Buffalo, NY – @ Duke’s Bohemian Grove
8/10 Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live – Bit Gen Gamer Fest w/K-Murdock
8/11 Columbus, OH – @ Double Happiness
8/13 Cincinnati, OH – @ Northside Tavern
8/14 Indianapolis, IN – @ Sabbatical
8/15 Milwaukee – @ Mad Planet
8/16 Minneapolis – @ 7th st. Entry
8/28 Los Angeles, CA – @ The Airliner (Low end Theory)
8/29 Yuma, AZ – @ Inca Lanes (Basement)
8/30 – 9/2 Seattle, WA @ PAX PRIME (Ran Only)
9/3 @ The Percolator El Paso, TX
9/4 Austin, TX – @ The North Door
9/5 San Antonio, TX – @ 502 Bar
9/6 Ft Worth, TX – @ Tomcats
9/7 Fayetteville, AR – @ Smoke and Barrel Tavern
9/10 St. Louis, MO @ Blank Space
9/12 Birmingham, AL – @ The Bottletree
9/13 Atlanta, GA – @ 529
9/14 Jacksonville, FL – @ 1904
9/15 Orlando, FL – @ Bikkuri Lounge (OME and Random only)
9/16 Charlotte, NC @ Knocturnal @ Snug Harbor

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MegaRan + K-Murdock Performing at PAX Prime 2013

MegaRan K Murdock PAX 2013

Along side Bit Brigade and The Protomen, and with K-Murdock AND a live band MegaRan AKA Random (listen to his music, HERE, I mean now!) will be performing from his extra large, gamer-centric catalog of hits from projects including Black Materia (Final Fantasy VII Meets Hip Hop), Ghouls N Ghosts with Richie Branson, Forever Famicom with production by K-Murdock the man himself, and much more. This is something people at Seattle, Washington’s video game convention should be excited about and look forward to.

You can also catch Ran doing a lot of West Coast touring with some East Coast, Down South, and Mid-West stuff coming to the table as well. Check out Random AKA MegaRan’s full tour listings by clicking HERE. To catch the official music of PAX post which also names even more vets like MC Frontalot as performers this year, click HERE. If you still haven’t heard anything from this artist, see why everybody in the gaming world and hip hop are going crazy at the originality being offered below:

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New MegaRan Interview with K-Murdock and HHK Mag, Tornado Relief, and Memorial Day Savings

What up everyone. I wanted to holler while these things were on my mind.

1 – an interview that K-Murdock and I conducted in the UK with HHK Mag, live from the Travelodge at 3AM. Comment and thumbs up it so they can promote me more!

2 – as like in the last 3 years, there will be a Memorial Day sale starting this Friday. But for YOU, the savings start now! Here’s how to save 50% on ANY album or piece of gear!

Go to http://megaranmusic.com and enter the code memorial2013 at checkout to save 50% early bird saves the money.

Lastly, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the path of these vicious tornadoes in Oklahoma 🙁 keep those people in your thoughts, and donate if you can: text REDCROSS to 90999

Thank you so much and take care,

Ran

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MegaRan Music: Paris Update from the Eiffel Tower

The UK Tour rages on! Remaining dates:
24 April @ KRAAK Gallery, Manchester w/B-Type
25 April @ Plugged Inn, Sunderland w/B-Type
26 April @ The Corner House, Fen Ditton
28 April @ Book Club, London
29 April @ 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff

Hit up MegaRan.com for more info!

Published on Apr 23, 2013

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K Murdock + MegaRan: Back on the Road + Music Updates!

“Salutations party people! K here, ready for Spring as I spent most of my winter like a bear hibernating and creating. Just wanted to let everyone know what’s on deck, starting this week with…

With a show tomorrow for all my fellow residents of the DC, Maryland & (Northern) Virginia area, as I will be backing up Random aka Mega Ran as he flows through my area as part of his tour with Louis Logic!  Ran & I will reconvene this weekend for 2 more shows in Boston at PAX East, as well as be participating in a couple panels at the convention as well on Friday; Follow Ran on twitter for all the details & times AND peep this video that documents our first adventures at PAX East 2 years ago…
Also, I wanted to briefly update you guys on a couple projects I’m frequently asked about the status of, beginning with Ran & I’s next collaborative effort- Pr​oject Dream Master aka the SEGA-tribute album we are doing.  It’s in the pre-production phase but we have narrowed down ALL your votes to 20 games that will be used- which I’ll post online soon to view 😉 We got big shoes to fill after the success of Forever Famicom but we are definitely up for the challenge!
The other thing I often get asked about, which always makes me happy sincePanacea has bee quiet since 2010, is if indeed myself & Raw Poetic are working on a new album?!?  Well, let’s just say we been talking about concepts and I been getting that itch to go on a wild, imaginative ride sonically 😉  BTW- this Fall marks 10 years of us as a group, so stay tuned for the celebration via some gifts for you fans!
There’s more music & merch on deck for the Spring as well, but that’s for another email blast.  Thanks to everyone for all the support, looking forward to hitting the road and seeing you guys starting next month!  Also, since formspring is shutting down and I urge you all to ask me any questions on my facebook fan page and I’ll make sure to answer them on my next Ustream of “Neosonix”.  Cool? Cool! Peace.”

K

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MegaRan Presidents’ Day Sale

What up y’all, in the midst of finishing up tour with a last show in Vegas at the Bunkhouse… Come on through if ya can. Thank you for attending.

If not, celebrate Presidents’ Day with a major deal. Save 50% off all music on my music page:

http://megaranmusic.com
With the code deadprez – no quotes or caps.

Get Half off on ANY ALBUM!! Enjoy and share. But this deal is only going to you loyal believers on the mailing list 🙂

New music alert! Peep our V-Day joint “Who Killed Cupid.” I actually made a beat that I liked! 🙂

I am happy to tell you that an East Coast and Midwest tour will begin March 2. More details to come.

Peace!

Ran

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