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This leaves us with just one question: Will he instead call himself "Rock Ran" while in Japan?
It's been a while since we last posted anything from good ol' Mega Ran, but he came to us for some help spreading the word about some upcoming events he's doing, and how you can help. Most immediately, he wants you all to know that he'll be at Nashicon with DJ DN3 in Columbia, SC today, Saturday, April 13th.
Following that, he explains to us that he's going to tour the United Kingdom (see the poster above) with his producer, K-Murdock. However, due to the fact that the American dollar doesn't translate well over there at the moment, he is hoping some fans might be able to help out by donating any amount possible, with donations of certain amounts being eligible for different perks, Kickstarter-style. If you donate, mail him at email@example.com and he'll send your reward.
Mega Ran encourages people to "post, tweet, blog about the link," and "then hashtag #ukunderground and [I'll] find you and pick 5 winners this week."
He is also releasing a new EP called "TRAP" ("Television & Radio Are Poison") next week, which he says will be "very different." Those connected to his Soundcloud will get the first leak on Monday, and those who donate above will get it first.
“It’ll be great to come back, a bit wiser and more seasoned,” says Ran, who last visited the U.K. in July 2011 with DJ DN3, Lost Perception, and Murdock. “I think this will be an electric experience full of great memories… expect epic freestyles.” This time, he's being joined by local talent Professor Elemental, B-Type, and more.
Rapper and game enthusiast Mega Ran is going on spring tour. If you show up at one of his gigs, you can get a special edition "Clover Shield" shirt, with artwork by Thormeister (who is the Official TMMN Bad Ass if you didn't know). Not a bad little design to wear for spring! You can check the tour dates following the break.
Thanks for the tip, Thor!
SXSW: 3/12 @ Spiderhouse Outdoor Stage - The Day Shift Meet & Greet, Austin, TX 3/13 @ Laugh Lounge at Austin Java - The Doozers Showcase, Austin, TX 3/14 @ Dive - Scratched Vinyl Showcase, Austin, TX 3/14 @ 512 Rooftop - Fake Four Inc. Showcase, Austin, TX
3/15 @ Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge, LA 3/16 The Feed & Seed, Lafayette, LA 3/17 @ Taste, Orlando, FL 3/18 @ Black Flower, Raleigh, NC 3/19 @ Velvet Lounge, Washington, DC 3/20 @ Bohemian Cafe, Baltimore, MA 3/21 @ Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA 3/22 @ PAX East, Boston, MA (several appearances) 3/26 @ The Black Shire, London, ON 3/27 @ Comet Bar, Cincinnati, OH 3/29 @ Shadow Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA 3/30 @ Singers Karaoke Club, Solvay, NY (early show) 3/31 @ TBA, Ithaca, NY 4/1 @ Public Assembly, NYC
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The 25th anniversary of Mega Man is finally upon us! And to help celebrate, we've reached out with three simple questions to a number of people who have been affected in some way, shape, or form by the Blue Bomber as he continues to play a part in helping to shape our lives, in ways both big and small. First up is the one and only Random, aka Mega Ran, the rapper and teacher who bears the Titanium Titan's name proudly.
What are some notable memories you've had getting into, and otherwise playing Mega Man? Alternatively, what ways has Mega Man factored into your work?
My memories of Mega Man are probably well documented in songs, but my earliest memory is probably my favorite... when I saw the feature on MM2 in Nintendo Power, I was hooked on the huge characters and colorful backgrounds, and I had never played Mega Man 1 at that point. I ran to the store to find MM2, and all I could find was MM1 for $19.99 in a bargain bin... I grabbed it and went home and was hooked since.
In the time before Mega Man 2 came out, I drew my own Mega Man bosses and ideas in my sketch books and have been mildly obsessed with Mega Man since. To have had a chance to meet people at Capcom who not only heard my music, but appreciated and enjoyed it is a dream come true!
What is your sentiment on the current standing of Mega Man, and what do you want to see for the future?
I'm just thankful that we've had a chance to see Mega Man on every generation of console so far, so I'm actually optimistic about the Blue Bomber's future. I would like to see him popping up in more titles, but then we'd probably complain that he was around too much. So I'm happy we have a lot of games to play and I'm sure we'll get more.
What is your all time favorite Mega Man game?
No question, 2 for the music, but 3 for the gameplay and bosses. I feel like a lame but I just played Mega Man Soccer for the first time like last month and I really liked that game a lot! honorable mention for sure.
Thank you for the interview!
And thanks to Mega Ran for participating in our little anniversary Q&A! We have more to come, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, Ran has also made the single "Take Your Turn" available for free download. If you listen carefully, you might catch a reference to an old website. Warmed my heart a little, it did.
Mega Ran, The Megas, Reika Morishita, E Cans, arranged albums... this is really becoming the year for Mega Man music. In spite of all else, I'm loving it.
Get ready to drop asterisks like it's hot (though this track contains no NSFW language, as far as I can tell). This is a remix of "Endless" from Random's Mega Man 9 album, done by J1Studios. Pretty cool if you ask me, and although I'm not a big rap connoisseur, the Endless Attack theme from Mega Man 9 lends itself really well to the style. Always good to give new things a listen!
Are you a fan of rap? And are you going to be in Manchester later this month? And, since you're reading this, it's probably safe to assume you are already a fan of Mega Man.
If so, then it may interest you to know that the one and only Mega Ran will be performing at Manchester's Retro Bar on July 27th, beginning at 7:30pm. If you're on Facebook, you can let them know you will be attending here.
In addition, he will also be at the London Anime Con on July 30th and 31st.
If you happen to be unfamiliar with Mega Ran, we have an interview conducted with him previously available here. Plus, he has been featured on Capcom Unity and across numerous video game publications, so if you like rap and Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System tunes, be sure to check him out!
You can also head over to Random's homepage and download the song, as well as look into his video remix contest for "The Resistance." Be sure to check it out!
Pretty straight forward post title, right? OK, guys. Here's the deal: Remember Mega Ran? The guy combining Mega Man and hip-hop flawlessly? He needs our help with something that could be beneficial to video game music on a grand scale. He's trying to get on a panel at the SXSW (South by Southwest) festival, which is basically one of the biggest festival for music and filmmakers in the US. The panel is named "Video Games and Hip-Hop: Making the Connection," and he needs our support to get enough votes for the panel.
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.
To get more info (and to vote), follow this link and cast your vote. Just a forewarning, you DO have to register to rate the idea, but this very well may be worth it.
So fight, MMN! Fight for everlasting peace! ... Or at least to get Random on this SXSW panel. Peace can come later. OK, fine. To entice you a bit, here's free music:
Random feat. Blaze Rock & Storyville - The Remainder is One from his upcoming Marvel vs Capcom mixtape that will soon be available for download on the PSN.