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After taking on a rigorous touring schedule, hosting a wrestling podcast "Mat Mania" and making high profile appearances on WWE television, Philadelphia-born, Phoenix resident teacher-turned-rapper Mega Ran returns to release the introspective and enlightening album "Extra Credit."

Full of storytelling and craftsmanship, Mega Ran hops on tracks by DIBIA$E, Charlie Mumbles, K-Murdock and more, with tracks challenging our views of social media, aging in Hip-Hop, the music business, education and much more.

Mega Ran's love for classic literature continues with "Mockingbird," based on Harper Lee's timeless novel. He turns road life into a party on "Airplane Mode," while stopping to recruit the original teacher-rapper J-Live for a lesson on priorities on "Eyes On Your Own Paper."

Mega Ran revisits 2016's banger "Church" by adding a new arrangement, new haunting verses and scorching background vocals by multi-platinum (in more ways than one) singer SisQó.

The record ends on a mellow note with Ran giving thanks on "Wouldn't Miss It For The World," a gospel-tinged record with dedications to recently fallen collaborators Rustin (of the band Urizen) and Phoenix rapper Thaahum, who raps on "Defenders," a song he conceptualized and completed just days before his untimely passing.

"Extra Credit" also includes new remixes from 2015's critically acclaimed "RNDM" album, by Fingaz, Willie Green and Scottie Royal, who take classic tracks from those albums and make them new again from the ground up.

With its combination of depth and wit,"Extra Credit" will find a prominent place within Mega Ran's solid discography.

Mega Ran's "Extra Credit Tour" begins in Seattle at PAX West 9/1, and continues throughout the year until December.

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released September 1, 2017

Release Date: 09/1/2017

Album Art by: Daniel Hill

Producers: K-Murdock, Yon.Li, RND1, Fresh Kils, D.R.O., Ecid, Charlie Mumbles, DIBIA$E, ECID, Kaito Kobayashi, DJ Big Serg

Remixes by: Willie Green, Emrls, Fingaz, Scottie Royal

Guest Raps by: J-Live, Jermiside, Sammus, Ceschi

Singers/Background Vocalists: SisQó, Tina Estes, Julasha Simpson

Album Mixed by K-Murdock, Matthew Weiss, Brian Gigerich, Michael Gamarano. Mastered by K-Murdock.

Saxophone on "Eyes On Your Own Paper" by Emmanuel "1-Up" Aouad.

SisQo appears courtesy Dragon Music Group LLC
J-Live appears courtesy Mortier Music Group
Sammus appears courtesy Don Giovanni Records/NuBlack Music Group
Ceschi appears courtesy Fake Four Records

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People will remember Ran for his daring leap from teaching into video game remixing which led to a Capcom cosign, but Random's penchant for storytelling has impressed gamers while garnering respect from Hip-Hop's harshest critics. An incredible impromptu "freestyle" MC, Ran's unique combination of fantasy and introspective hip-hop has found its way all over the world. ... more

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Track Name: Journey (prod. by K-Murdock)
Come on y'all let's all get down
Lift your feet up off the ground
Wave your hands a make a sound (4x)

It starts off as just the beat
I take those kicks snares and those high hats
And take flight, stage fright?
Everyday of my life

I feel my heart beat..
Busting out of my chest,
As I pray that I do my best,
Get that key unlocking my quest

when the lights are down and the stage is set,
I prove my worth you know I paid my debts
Outworked em all became a major threat,
and now they all pay respect

Didn't dream about beingthe man
Never even thought that I would be in demand
High school they wouldn't let me in the band
Something bout Believing ya can
That'll put that swagger in ya walk,
That gleam up inside your eye
That wind beneath your wings,
That vision in the sky,
All it took was a beat, then a tape
then a pad and a pen,
The streets and the breaks and the nag from within
The heat and the strain tryna mask it with grins,
The innate desire to win, this is the journey

Come on y'all let's all get down
Lift your feet up off the ground
Wave your hands a make a sound
(4x)

I put my life on the lines
When I be writing these rhymes
It's like I'm out of my mind
And the designs so divine
Cause i don't know where it's from
Don't know what I have become
The rose that grows in the slums,
That made it over the hump,

And I ain't finished yet-

Found a couple of greys
tried to brush em away, but those suckers have stayed,
it's OK, cuz I'm proud of my age.
I saw more fuss about extinct rhinos,
Then the when the police shot down my bro,
We all swimming in denial
Cause you know, And I know
That ain't nothing handed,
I could easily be cuffed and bandaged
But my people are famished and damaged
And I don't take none of this stuff for granted
cause when the lights are down and the stage is set,
I prove my worth you know I paid my debts
Outworked em all became a major threat,
and now they all pay respect
Ain't no time for Kidding around
You can Get on stage or sit in the crowd
this is OJT try to Figure it out
But everyone's listening now - this is my journey

Come on y'all let's all get down
Lift your feet up off the ground
Wave your hands a make a sound (4x)
Track Name: Form School of Feng Shui (prod by The Rockit Scientist)
I've had to re-arrange some things- girl
Cuz it just ain't the same, no way
I've had to re-arrange some things- girl
An you just in the way---


(beat change)

35 with a broken shower head,
I want a roomba and a freshly cut flower bed,
Left the scuffle with my mouth bleeding,
But I got a few hits in so I'd say we about even,
This is my house I'm not leaving
said this time is the last time so time to do some house cleaning
Couldn't call the cops, cuz I was in the wrong
Tryna force opposites together who don't even get a long,
Thought the energy was strong but
It might have been harming me
Joined the black sect, just in need of some harmony
Feels good doing what you were destined to do,
Only less than a few will truly wish blessing for you,
When it's good everybody will claim they're down
But when it's bad all the homies just ain't around
Gotta play interior decorator,
Clean house, hurt feelings they'll respect you later

Told you it was gonna change
some day, some day
Guess what
this is -- that day,
Feng shui

and I Told you it was gonna change
some day, some day
Guess what
this is -- that day,
Feng shui, goodbye


Spent the better part of 2 years touring and making records,
Seen the whole game from a bunch of different perspectives
WYes my dispute are domestic,
They occur in the US, that's a stupid question
Here's how it happens, I just got paid
Slipped it under the matress, where it was found by a maid
I'm on the run from the two most dangerous gangsters,
You might know them, they're Uncle Sam and Sallie Mae
We got the strangest love,
One minute in yellin like an Angry thug,
No Richard Sherman,
But your actions just get me burning,
Then we fight until I'm wearin an eyepatch like Major Bludd
Now they neighbors stare like broken escalators,
No money no problems, so I guess ya made it
Time to play interior decorator
Peace and blessings to ya hope I don't catch you later

Told you it was gonna change
some day, some day
Guess what
this is -- that day,
Feng shui

and I Told you it was gonna change
some day, some day
Guess what
this is -- that day,
Feng shui, goodbye
Track Name: Airplane Mode (on the go) [prod. by Charlie Mumbles]
..uh.... If you can't reach me I apologize
I didn't ignore you I was in the skies
In disguise man you know I got a big surprise
Ask me why, Because I'm tryna build an Enterprise
Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!)
Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!)
Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!)
Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!)

"I'll go" weeks without speaking to my homeboys or my mother
No disrespect is intended but we got jewels to uncover
Sleep walking im Tyler Durden, destination to be determined gotta quench this fire that's burning - I'm outta here
Like a home run to centerfield
Better kneel
Why you don'tplayinlocally?
I found a better deal
Why you don't be coming through
Cause you got too comfortable
Stay away awhile and find out who really got love for you
Rappers on that Christopher Columbus taking credit and it's funny, let them tell it, they apparently discovered you
That's news to me, and that's usually-
My cue to be- ghost, like the major in a white washed flick,
Ra sick, quarantined in the lab, writing better jams
Rap game Peter Pan, get so fly that I never land
I'm on the tarmac listening to ya hard raps
Charlie bass hit me like I'm sitting in a car crash

..uh.... If you can't reach me I apologize
I didn't ignore you I was in the skies
In disguise man you know I got a big surprise
Ask me why, Because I'm tryna build an Enterprise
Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!)
Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!)
Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!)
Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!)



Thank you for your patience
I ain't mean to keep you waitin
But if you needed a favor sir
That train has left the station
At this time ) make sure your tray tables
and seat backs are adjusted
and if you have a request involving money let's discuss it
Not in public tho..). keep it concealed like the oxygen -
masks that be dropping like my tapes do every autumn and-
Place it firmly on your nose and mouth
and although you don't see these dudes expanding, believe me yo, plenty air is going out.
But Fact is forever in fashion
Stay securely fastened in case of turbulent action
While these rappers be yappin we Make it happen
And at this time you are now free to move around the cabin

..uh.... If you can't reach me I apologize
I didn't ignore you I was in the skies
In disguise man you know I got a big surprise
Ask me why, Because I'm tryna build an Enterprise
Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!)
Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!)
Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!)
Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!)
Track Name: Old Enough (feat. Sammus and Ceschi) [prod by ECID]
Chorus
I'm old enough that I know better, young enough to do it anyway
I'm old enough that I know better, young enough to do it anyway
I'm old enough that I know better, young enough to do it anyway
Young enough to do it anyway...
Young enough to do it anyway...
2x

Mega Ran

A yo. Life is hard like Dark Souls
I heard stress is just part and parcel
devils scan you like barcodes
just to gas you up like Arco
I spent 3 Grand on advertising
and that ain't work; isn't that surprising
would-be customers passing by it
sorry 'bout that, man that's the climate

Just my luck; that should be my catchphrase
got no healthcare, I need my extras
I float to Texas, no connections
they lose my luggage, it's right on the jetway

I'm learning as I go along
I know I'm doing it wrong
probably silly but what doesn't kill me
can most likely go in a song
looking in mirrors like checking the news
everyday something that gives me the blues
I'm good on the club you're expected to schmooze
buy all the booze and eventually lose

I go to Subway and hold up the line...
well I didn't mean to but really I just wanted cookies
the entire time...
and they don't make it easy
I know they can see me
I'ma make it cheeky
nothing is promised; so when I'm not rapping
I'm napping
and I'm not afraid of death:
I just don't wanna be there when it happens.

CHORUS 2X

Ceschi

Probably shouldn't have another glass.
Probably shouldnt stare at her....
Probably shouldn't punch a cop in the face.
Probably shouldn't....
But I did it anyway.

Thank heavens for the mistakes.
May not get to Heaven, but strong bones grow from tough breaks.
That's ok.
If i never get handcuffed or maced again thatd be great.

Always struggling to grow up.
Never made to the gym to tone up.
Hold up....
Rather eat another donut
Keep the Old gut robust.
Sure enough.

Peter Pan Picked a profession that nobody thinks is real job.
Relationship went wrong.
Now he's back living with mom.
Bit of slob, but kids think that he's rich because of rap songs.

Believe what you want.
Had to open up bad loan to pay my taxes off.
Now a guy named Guy wants to break my legs and Im questioning anything that I ever said.

Making music till the moment that you drop huh?
Sounds fun right ?
Sometimes it's not.

Staying young at heart.
Probably not that smart.
Cuz our government doesn’t support art.

No retirement plan for folk rap stars.
No mortgage when you're living in a house of cards.
They don’t rent to anybody that’s been behind bars.
It'll all fall down.
Gotta own the scars.

(CHORUS 2x)

Sammus

I ain’t a business, man
Or a business man
You should hear my idea of a business plan
I post a couple pictures on my Instagram
Maybe get a couple stickers done at Vista Print
I’m never really asking if it fits the brand
----I ain’t never had the discipline
And lately I suspect nobody gives a damn
If I’m the shhhh--- so I let it hit the fan

Instead of tryna schmooz I’mma kick the can
Try to tell myself that it's just a scam
Rather network on a network than ever
spend a night up in the club like I’m Chris Kattan

-- I wish I could reject getting shows in DMs
No per diem? Is that something I should be in
even though I’m overstretched here I go agreeing
but I can’t ignore the message cause they know I see ‘em

Hate read receipts -- I’mma just go pray
Maybe Imma get it all correct some day
Maybe when I’m older the regrets go way
Yeah -- Maybe when it’s over I can rest okay

I’m old enough I should know better
You can burn your bulb if you a Go-getter
You’re far too focused ignore your locus
Hanging round the wolves like you are old-yeller
Young enough to do it anyway
Can take a sucker a punch like I’m a heavyweight
If you know the feeling, scream it to the ceiling
you’ve been living rough we need to hear you say
that I'm old enough that I know better...

(Chorus repeats until fade)
Track Name: Pursuant Hearts (prod. by Kaito Kobayashi)
i don't have the heart to drag the pictures to the trash
everytime i get on the phone with dad he gone ask
how's whats her name? like he forgot
when she had been to the spot like lowts of times
i know you getting old but you aint lost your mind
so you wanna leave me behind
we had a one a million love girl, like that dame and aliyah kind
thought i was the best she could find
first mistake, that there hurt the case
went sarah connor now we gotta terminate
we was so similar like parallel lines
london eye, taking carosel rides
now tears running down your caramel eyes
cause I'm always late when i know how to tell time
but i wanna mend those sores i opened
turn back time and relive those moments
hoping, she can see what she saw
and fell in love with, before we cut it off
born a southpaw but i wanna get right
i can make a change right now on this night
say the word girl and I'll cancel this flight,
ending this fight, cause we was in it for life…



i kept telling you i’d get it straight
but you knew the deal, right from the start - so
i guess i was lying in your face
and I am so so sorry, so so sorry....


When I met u in the club it coulda been fate
Your date no showed and mine was mad late
Just the first of a million occurrences
That offered me a false sense of encouragement
Made me forget that we didnt have much in common,
She wanted stability, and me to stop rhymin;
And the fact that I even considered it a little bit
just shows me how ridiculous i was,
Cuz- spirit is willing, flesh is hella weak
so i let go a week, then another week,
didn't listen to what my conscious was telling me
love lockdown, felt like a felony
i was never used to sharing out my whereabouts
only child, the only one i could care about
was me.. i Pray for you to be prosperous,
Even if what u want for me is the opposite


i kept telling you i’d get it straight
but you knew the deal, right from the start - so
i guess i was lying in your face
and I am so so sorry, so so sorry....