Rock and Roll

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Rock and Roll Produced by Domingo When I told Domingo about the Mega Ran idea, he laughed. Hard. Not like a laugh-at-me, or a laugh with me thing, but he just laughed. I didn’t expect him to be able to vibe with it, but figured I’d run it by him. Turns out he laughed because he had already done a video game/Hip Hop compilation album, ‘Game Over,’ with Eminem, Masta Ace, Cocoa Brovaz and more rapping over VG samples. So he was totally comfortable with sampling video games for beats.

So I sent him a few cuts, and he worked fast. Ming sent me like 5 beats, but one in particular jumped out at me, sampled from a track on the Rockman soundtrack. A lot of talented cats have rhymed on Domingo’s beats, from KRS ONE to Immortal Technique to the late great Big Pun, so I feel pretty fortunate that he was down to work on the project. I had to mention him in the song:

How you gone hate son?
Mega Ran’s the great one
That yall aint safe from, w
W ith the same dude that laced Pun

Lyrically I just had fun with it, and just pretty much killed it. Very close to “Flashman” to me in terms of which one had the better lyrics. And Google ‘Leeroy Jenkins’ if you didn’t get that one. My favorite line: “My spectacular venacular makes me rap with a chip on my scapula when I’m attackin’ ya it’s a massacre.”

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[Chorus 2X: Random]
We gon' rock right, stock right, 'til we got it locked tight
Hot like cruisin through the stoplight, that's right
Roll hard, go hard, Bogart, whole squad
Buy you every minute like a pre-paid phone card

[Random]
My spectacular vernacular makes me rap with a chip on my scapula
When I'm attackin ya it's a massacre
Danger is imminent when Random be rippin it
Half of my fans are participants, philanthropists or hypocrites
See I'm a man among infants and the difference is persistance
From this distance I can't hear your whispers
But don't risk it, cause the slightest inference'll
get you done like the dishes I'm knee deep in the trenches
Resistance is senseless, man you done crossed the line
You lost your mind? I'm sharper than porcupines
And your shine? Of course it's mine
I'm sick - stuffy head fever, nauseous I'm
a problem, word to Big Ran, rip jams
Regardless of what it scan, yo it's bland
On the warpath, a storm is in the forecast
Charge into battle like Leroy in Warcraft
Leroy!!! And only nerds'll get that
Step back, you in the deathtrap, screamin EFF RAP
I'm level 99, y'all dudes just try to rhyme
Better off with a life of crime than tryin to bite these lines
You wanna fight me fine, this destined is by design
I show up and rappers go SWOOSH~! Like the Nike sign
How you gon' hate son, Mega Ran's the great one
That you ain't safe from with the same dude that laced Pun
No jewlery, you still can't fool with me musically
Do the knowledge, go ahead and Google me
Or get your readin up, check out Wikipedia
You see me leavin crates in the game like a meteor
And the media they finally recognizin
We enterprisin and probably see millions on the horizon
It makes no difference man, y'all can't spit with Ran
When I hit Japan, fans gon' call me ICHIBAN

[Chorus]

{Here we go! FINAL STRIKE}

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from Mega Ran, released June 7, 2007
produced by Domingo. samples "The Ruins of Lab" (Rockman Zero)

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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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