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Grow Up produced by Random
So just to get this straight for everyone, when I produce, I’m Random Beats. When I rap, I’m Random. When I rap and produce…I’m Mega Ran. Got that? This is probably my favorite track. If you’re over 24, you probably remember a lot of the things I mentioned, like being unable to beat Pitfall, getting 100 men on Super Mario Bros (world 4-2, right?), and just being a general video game fanatic in the ‘80’s.

This song is dedicated to the innocence of youth. I owe a lot to video games, comic books and anime, just like Hip-Hop: they all helped to keep me out of trouble. After I came home from school, that was all I did (“Latchkey kid, home alone like Macaulay”). There would be times that my buddies would get into some serious trouble, and because I was inside playing videogames, writing rhymes, or reading comics, I was out of that situation… so this is my repayment for all the nights that they’ve saved me in one way or another.

As I said a few times before, I recorded “Grow Up” before any of the songs. I was afraid of this song after it was done. Because a) it was kinda poppy. And b) I liked it. So, my biggest fear was that all the work I had done getting “The Call” out there and building a fanbase would be washed away by this. But, I was just hoping that deep down; someone out there would be able to relate to me, a nerd from the ghetto. And thank God, someone did.

lyrics

[Random]
Man I promised I wouldn't get heavy on this joint {*static*}
I can't help it man I gotta be me {*static*}

[Chorus 2X: Random - singing]
I just can't seem to grow up
I said I just can't seem to grow up
But you know what? (WHAT~!)
I don't think I want to

[Random]
Ah ah okay okay
I was a young'n maybe 7 or 8
When I was up late playin games 'fore I was straight
Babysitter on the couch tryin to get her freak on
I'm passin level after level thinkin I'ma be PWN
But little did I know they didn't have any endings
Every couple of levels I would go back to the beginning
Hard lesson to learn, but I recovered fine
Couldn't beat Pitfall and got tired of tryin
But when the NES came around I had to get down
If you ain't have it on the block then you was 'bound to get clowned
My game was Super Mario, I played it to death
First to get a hundred men kickin turtles on the steps
Learned that from GamePro, but it's a shame though
Nowadays video games ain't the same bro
Too complicated and they ain't worth the price
You know somethin they a lot like life, and that's why

[Chorus]

[Interlude: Random]
Aight now follow me there, yeah
Say I don't care (I don't care) I don't care (I don't care)
Say I don't care (I don't care) say I don't care (I don't care)
I know you are but what am I? (I know you are but what am I?)
I know you are but what am I? (I know you are but what am I?)
Break it down

[Chorus]

[Random]
Know what?
I played every game in front of me, my peoples wanted none of me
Ran's skills in video games, they couldn't front on me
Mom knew how to punish me, take away the cords
'Til I thought they'd use the AC adaptor from my keyboard
That's when I knew that there was somethin amazin
My boys would get in trouble, I was cool cause I stayed in
Latch key kid, Home Alone like Macaulay
And 20 years later hostin Halo parties, cause

[Chorus]

[Random]
This song's for anybody who's ever been teased for being, a nerd
Don't sweat it, it's gon' be aight man
Fads come and go but intelligence, it never went out of style
Keep readin them books yo {*static*}
But uhh, lose the suspenders and the pocket protector
Mega Ran signin off, f'real

credits

from Mega Ran, released June 7, 2007
produced by Random.

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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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