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Bubbleman Produced by DN3
This is a lot of folks’s favorite, mainly because of the emotions this tune brings back. Mega Man 2 was BY FAR the most popular of the series, and almost everyone who had an NES played it a million times. We all remember Bubbleman.

An emcee named YTCracker rhymed on ‘Bubbleman’ for his Nerdrap Entertainment System album in ‘05, so although it had been done, I loved the tune so much that I even contacted YT about remixing his track on it and adding a verse to it, well before I started this album (he couldn’t find the files). I asked DN3 to work some magic and hook this one up. I knew that the Bubbleman tune was so popular, I almost decided not to put it on the free download version of the album…. but then I determined that it could only be a good thing if people heard it.

A funny thing about the structure is that it’s unlike any song format I’ve ever used. There’s a 16 bar chorus that starts the song off, then a long verse, then back to the chorus. This makes this song extremely hard to perform live, but very fun in a place where they know the lyrics (like at Nerdapalooza SE–thanks guys!). I love it because it’s so fun, and heartfelt at the same time.

Heard you sold a couple grand? Dawg I’m still strugglin
Guess I got a couple fans, got a lot of love for them
So I gotta make it dope for them, brothers just don’t understand
That’s the life of brother Ran, microphone in one hand
My conscience on the other hand, tellin me to love em, man
But the fans wanna jam, hooked up some Mega Man

That just describes Random’s plight in a nutshell. I make “The Call,” because I want to bring people closer together…but the fans want something fun and danceable…

*For the record, the version I recorded with Dan in Mesa, which isn’t on the album, sounds much better to me than this one. In the midst of soundwaves traveling through emailed files, for some reason in the final mix, my vocals were a little off, putting me about 1/4 step behind the beat. Now most people haven’t noticed or mentioned it (except Flash), but I did. Anyway, its still one of my favorites, it gets repeated just about every time I listen to the album.

lyrics

[Random]
Yo... yo we make it bubble man, I don't want no trouble man
I'm just here to flow and make it rock like a Knicks fan
Heard you sold a couple grand? Dawg I'm still strugglin
Guess I got a couple fans, got a lot of love for them
So I gotta make it dope for them, brothers just don't understand
That's the life of brother Ran, microphone in one hand
My cock's on the other hand, tellin me to love him man
But the fans wanna jam, hooked up some Mega Man
But we ain't a cover band, 80's babies understand
It's part of the culture fam, I ain't gon' insult ya man
Bad mamma jam in Cazal shades - I love it man
Like we made a covenant, but don't tell the government
Capcom pseudo-ROM probably couldn't cover it
Free 99 - hope the whole world discover it
You ain't sellin it? Nah it's for the hell of it
Let the world know, Mega Ran's still relevant
WHAT?~!

[Random]
My place in history's solidified
I'm like the first stone settin off genocide
And rappers won't come to my face
Cause I'm downright chillin like starin in a killer's eyes
Really I'm, the type to get at you
In a battle you a cat who switch sides like Storm Shadow
We gon' catch you, here go a free tip
From the best kept secret you'll never see slip
Like a LSD trip, when I rock frequent
Top secret, unorthodox sequence
With this mic piece, I slice beats
You might know cats that rap but trust, they ain't like me
Pride of Oak Lane's alive as propane
My lines is cocaine the guy's a pro mayne
Hate touchers, spittin about rubbish
Who don't love it, man you trippin without luggage
Name a rapper that can get with me
So I can send him a Random CD so he can disagree
Give him the call, I gave you my all
Play your position, big Ran stayed on the ball, yeah

Can we make it bubb...
Yo what happened to the beat man
Shh, I'm sick of this man I quit
I'm gone...

[Random]
Yo... yo we make it bubble man, I don't want no trouble man
I'm just here to flow and make it rock like a Nuggets fan
Heard you sold a couple grand? Dawg I'm still strugglin
Guess I got a couple fans, got a lot of love for them
So I gotta make it dope for them, brothers just don't understand
That's the life of brother Ran, microphone in one hand
My cock's on the other hand, tellin me to love him man
But the fans wanna jam, hooked up some Mega Man
But we ain't a cover band, 80's babies understand
It's part of the culture fam, I ain't gon' insult ya man
Bad mamma jam in Cazal shades - I love it man
Like we made a covenant, but don't tell the government
Capcom pseudo-ROM probably couldn't cover it
Free 99 - hope the whole world discover it
You ain't sellin it? Nah it's for the hell of it
Let the world know, Mega Ran's still relevant
WHAT?~!

credits

from Mega Ran, released June 7, 2007

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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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