The Mega-Ness of Philly rapper and video game music producer Mega Ran is set to take the stage this weekend at Kung Fu Necktie.
Before he appears at Kung Fu Necktie on October 2 as a player in The Four-Eyed Horsemen tour with MC Lars, MC Frontalot, and Schaffer The Darklord, know this: Phoenix, Arizona may lay claim to him now, but, Raheem Jarbo – better known as Mega Ran – is all Philly. A beloved rapper with a nerdcore pedigree, a video game music maker-producer and a chiptune DJ with a flair for the dramatic, Mega Ran’s recordings can be found everywhere from the PlayStation Network and Marvel Comics’ websites to Lunar Giant Studios who released their own Mega Ran video game (based on his Mega Ran in Language Arts albums).
As far as albums go, Mega Ran has got ten of them to his name (to say nothing of collabs, singles and EPs), not including his upcoming eleventh solo full-length Live 95 which is ready to drop on October 22 to coincide with the NBA’s historic 75th season.
“The album is hugely inspired by my love for basketball that started in the ’90s, right before the Sixers drafted Allen Iverson,” says Mega Ran currently on tour. “We put our all into a new hope, and he turned the city around. So Live 95 is 14 tracks of good old fashioned hip hop music with heart.” Plus, Mega got some dynamic features on his upcoming album from MCs Del The Funky Homosapien, Mickey Factz, Czarface and legendary 2Pac’s proteges, The Outlawz.
Looking forward to continuing onward with his autumn tour’s progress, Mega proudly states that “myself, MC Lars, MC Frontalot and Schaffer the Darklord are the “Four Eyed Horsemen,” and these shows have been taking us all over the country. I’m playing new tracks, and the response has been great. We have required vax proof and our fans have been super supportive of that. The Philly stop is the last on our East Coast run, and it’s gonna be a great homecoming… I’m from the West Oak Lane section of Philly, known affectionately as ‘Uptown.’ I love it, it’s made me who I am, and it’s always awesome to come back to Philly and see how much has changed and has stayed the same. There’s always something inspiring in the city that makes me write. Seems weird but my favorite thing to eat when I’m at home is a cheap turkey bacon egg and cheese sandwich from a local bodega… on a long roll with some grape jelly. Talk about comfort food. That was my jam every morning on the way to school. Our number one tradition was my friends and I biking up the hill to Awbury Park and riding through the trees at top speed and becoming one with nature. We didn’t have a ton of green around but it was nice to be able to get up there and see something cool that wasn’t too far from home.”