The Blue Bomber has defined a large chunk of the emcee’s career
Mega Ran is one of the most well known alternative rappers in the world and a big part of his story starts with the Mega Man video game series. While it doesn’t represent the entirety of his message, the Blue Bomber has defined a large chunk of the emcee’s career. While a large portion of Mega Ran’s success can be attributed to Ran’s connection to Capcom’s title, that’s not where the story started.
Before there was a Mega Ran, there was a socially conscious rapper named Random who also worked as a middle school teacher. Random released several records including his most well known at the time The Call. While there’s no claiming Mega Ran wasn’t always a videogame even back when he went by Random, they weren’t the thread running through Ran’s music the way they are now.
While doing a playthrough of his favorite title, Mega Man, Raheem Jarbo started really zeroing in on the music playing in the game and realized that it could make for one hell of a hip-hop record. He remixed the songs into hip-hop beats and the Mega Ran album was born. At this time Mega Ran wasn’t even the name, it was just an album by Philadelphia based emcee Random.
As time went by Mega Ran quickly became Random’s biggest piece of work and the underground record began gaining a ton of traction on the internet. The record got so big that after a time Raheem received a call at his home from someone claiming to work for Capcom.
The Capcom representative asked Random whether or not he was aware that it was against the law to sample someone else’s music for profit without permission. To which the wise emcee responded, “no,” and the representative went on. To inform Random that Capcom was privy to his music and thrilled about it! They wanted to fly him out to San Diego Comic-Con for him to be their guest, and thus Mega Ran was born.
Mega Ran made his bones off video game raps with his Mega Ran series, Black Materia all about Final Fantasy VII, and a slew of other songs featuring iconic videogame sounds, and almost instantly he was a well-known videogame personality and commentator. He was even able to branch out and make songs about his other interests like professional wrestling, becoming the foremost purveyor of Wrestle Raps in the country.
The pop-culture references and video game beats gave Mega Ran a lane for which to spread his subversively conscious lyrics. So, while he was rapping about Mega Man, Star Wars, and Tekken, he was still able to reach the ears of prominent emcees who respect the Penn State educated wordsmith as true rapper’s rapper. While he may not be the monster of mainstream hip-hop that he thoroughly deserves to be, emcees the world over respect one of the tightest flows in the history of the game.
The next step for the Teacher, Rapper, Hero, is unknown, but as he enters a new era of his career the plan is definitely to let the more socially conscious side of his art shine through. Inclusivity, equality, and cooperation will begin coming to the forefront of his song structure as Mega Ran begins a new adventure in hip-hop.