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AGES, Vol. 1

by Mega Ran

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AGES (Intro) 02:56
We have progressed from the stone age to The age of stone hearted In the Information Age, but yet we are constantly outsmarted In The Space Age, we will soar to unreachable perch But an Age of Reflection will be needed first At the end of my first album I said that I was quitting Thought I meant it at the time but I guess i really didn’t Cause then I met Ohene, and continued the mission What you think is the ending is really the beginning Im on 40th and Walnut honing my craft Hoping to grasp on whatever was holding me back Overflowing with Passion but it’s the Focus we lacked Combine the cultural reference with the Flow it’s a wrap He can freestyle but let me hear him go on a track I ain’t gotta send a text real ones Know when I’m back Open the back sneak em in the show when it’s packed Headlining but had more fun as the opening act Had a come to Jesus moment when the numbers took a slide Switch the hustle to Patreon, focused on my tribe , Man Its been a roller coaster 2019 We bagged R. Kelly forgot about Weinstein Had to cut a couple homies That were disloyal and phony Flipped BTS and Got a stiff arm from Sony All good, I knew what I was doing The champs gotta get rocked once in a while to prove he’s human Showed me that you can have all of the best planning And still lack understanding like playing Death Stranding Most underrated, nobody’s favorite Its d thats that’s a strategy to keep me motivated Of all places, you ain’t safe in your home base You could get broken in on and shot in your own place Or you can testify and they claim that you sold weight So When I see the brights behind me I hope that they roll tape Anyway this is for kids like me Raised on Rap Snacks and 99 cent iced teas With Kinda Funny and Budden Up in they RSS Feed Who just wanna play video games just be Cats wearing cosplay to a con on public transit Smiling through the stares who cares if they understand it I save every fan email I get In a folder called “motivation” and when I wanna quit I read em aloud, Yall give me the courage I lack So eventually I find a way to hurdle right back They said we wouldn’t make it, said it was too dangerous I chose my own path like a Metroidvania Glasgow to Vegas From mixtapes to playlists I’m just tryna make it through the ages Minimum wages to festival stages I’m just tryna make it through the ages
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I been to London, I been to France I been to Tokyo Get the request, they cut the check And then I’m on the road I kiss the wife, I pack a bag I gotta rock the show But wherever I Go There ain’t no place like Home Starts with a booking request Like Mega can you rock a set I pass it over to Jeff And if we like it i give it a yes Make sure the dough is correct And They give me the proper respect I’m due as a vet If we connect No worry I’m there no sweat TSA pre-checking Shoes on I keep stepping Agents know me like my best friends So I’m through with no questions Load up some podcasts, couple new tunes for the flight Got a few beats, I wanna write Feeling so inspired by this life Cuz I remember sitting on the block - Without a lot - hoping that it pop Wishing for a shot to show em what I got Ain’t on top but feeling like a big shot When I’m HOME Like Bran Stark on the throne Like KD verse a zone Like I’m Sean Puffy Diddy Combs Well, not quite but you know CHORUS I been to London, I been to France I been to Tokyo Get the request, they cut the check And then I’m on the road Kiss the wife, I pack a bag I gotta rock the show But wherever I Go There any no place like Home There ain’t no place like home... No place like home Seeming like I’m dreaming And I can’t even believe it Blessings I’m receiving Constantly Keeping me leaving Reason that when you be seeing me I’m always cheesing Pause Even when I know the feeling is fleeting Man I don’t be needing a reason What’s better than (home) And they say it’s where the heart is (Home) Where they gone love you regardless (Home) Staying with you through the hardships (Home) Yes, where it all started I Got a new bed And honestly it’s kinda comfortable >> I don’t like getting up so if I’m picking up you best believe that it better be wonderful Paul Orndorff in the shiny robes But I never need designer clothes I’m in sweats When it’s time to go Comic cons it was comical Long time ago, Now I’m home It could be Austin Could be Seattle, could be Boston Any place I’m free to go and get lost in But Traveling is so exhausting My creativity my source of energy I look at my schedule and think you got man you have got to be kidding me How do you do it, I don’t really know Hopping off planes and then killing a show It isn’t the accolades isn’t the dough Its the rush - you get, when you feel it - You know yo! I been to London, I been to France I been to Tokyo Get the request, they cut the check And then I’m on the road Kiss the wife, I pack a bag I gotta rock the show But wherever I Go There any no place like Home There ain’t no place like home... No place like home
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Mega Ran Ayo, what the Deally, can you come to the door First, are you done with the chores I gotta run to the store See I used to go alone but nah I just don’t want to no more Since I heard my homie Moe got punched in the jaw For real.. It’s the era of Top Ramen and Brick Cheese 92, Rock product and slick thieves Times is rough, characters mad shifty Switch tees, I Need you to Take this walk with me Emergency - I need some double A’s My walkman killed these off brands in a couple days No more Rayovacs Imma need another name Sick of Suffering I’m still under my mothers reign Mayne... Wu Tang, dropped a classic tape Beats were massive and of course the raps were great Turned on the radio and heard it Blasting late I covered moms old cassettes with some masking tape - Dubbed it So I got to move I’m already broke man, What I got to lose Yo...i know what I got to do Cuz my tape started slowing down Like it was Chopped and screwed Ha, Ain’t a thing funny I need the copper top, to keep the boy drumming Like that pink bunny She mad at me, I might become a casualty Now we need a strategy to come up with some batteries CHORUS I don’t know what to say Cause... Imma need some double A’s Got a Walkman and new songs I wanna play And Without my tunes It’s gone be a bad day, hey TOURE MASTERS It’s like the young ain’t young know more Wu tang turned a pen into a young ones sword Always had to call next we only had one court So i got lost in m rhyme books And flew where my mind took Please Don’t bump my walkman You ain’t nothing like Tyson you just talk that talk man That DMX will really have you hype like aw man And when I’m done on stage they be leaving like aw man I was 1 in 92 and still I’ve never seen a third strike Born in 91 yea you heard right When Days were long and we were all inspired by rapping Sony head phones for all of the action Omg the reaction Every time a new album dropped True completion just to get that spot YOU BETTER RAP BOY Wanted to know what it was like on top Start seeing lyrics when that mic so hot YOU BETTER RAP BOY Good music will make you laugh and cry Have a problem and it will pass you by And if you ever not happy It will hit you and ask you why Show you all the good things in life The things you need to shine And plus that push you need to grind Provide love and a peace of mine A good day into a beautiful night At least until my walkman dies I need some AAs CHORUS I don’t know what to say Cause... Imma need some double A’s Got a Walkman and new songs I wanna play And Without my tunes It’s gone be a bad day, hey MEGA RAN Music is therapeutic ask the specialists They use it, for soothing , any hardships I bet it’ll get you through it I Remember what I was doing Where I was when I heard it Too young to identify it but knew that I preferred it To the jazz and top 40 I had heard as a shorty I was Geordi, couldn’t see it, but enjoyed how they forged it It was gorgeous- such a marriage of lyrics and beats The soundtrack, you would hear in the streets I was a sponge Ghettoblasters on the ball court bleachers Black Moon and Kool G Rap comin out the speakers All day we press play on the block And the Best advice I got was keep going don’t stop Till you get enough, put your all in a verse Stay the course never flip like auto reverse Times on fast forward no taking it back Rap musics changed but I don’t hate on the cats We was doin the oochie coochie now they making it clap Nothing but music can Close generational gaps Let my tape rock till my tape popped Or until my mom say stop
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I'm swimming upstream trying to live my dream swimming upstream trying to live my dream I never been afraid of any sort of karma feel untouchable like I got the Zora armor now I'm walking on water.. Feel like I'm walking on water... Feel like I'm walking on water.. yeah feel like I'm walking on water, walking on water. Don’t wanna be a legend just because I been rapping a long time Man I want people to call me a legend because I been giving em strong rhymes Since round about 95 I been online Same time I been on mine Grinding, showing on time, Never late better get it straight Listen... no I don’t like to talk, I prefer to demonstrate Took what I was I given, and I whipped it into lemonade Packaged and sold it on the information interstate Cats chose to imitate I prefer to innovate They wish I didn’t talk about race so much I prolly wouldn’t if it wasn’t thrown in my face so much I can’t help but wonder why we all just hate so much Watch the news, man and I can only Take so much Feel me- I want it all, couple dogs, bless the wife and kids But it’s so hard, always gone with the Life I live Wish I could ball stay involved the time I give I come home and I barely recognize the crib Only black face, in my cul de sac Rebel flags in the neighbors garage, think I don’t notice that Maybe I just should get over that But get tired holding back CHORUS I'm swimming upstream trying to live my dream swimming upstream trying to live my dream I never been afraid of any sort of karma feel untouchable like I got the Zora armor now I'm walking on water.. Feel like I'm walking on water... Feel like I'm walking on water.. yeah feel like I'm walking on water, walking on water. I uh, planned to bounce, but I decided to stick around Watched the entire show and the way that you put it down, And I seriously was surprised, when I looked all around the room, saw smiles on the faces where there would usually be gloom And I just wanted to say, that the performance was great, You Enunciated your words, and took control of the stage We came up in an age where change wasn't embraced, We were stuck in our ways, Programmed to hate Anything that was different so when you were getting love> That I couldn't seem to acquire The situation was bugged I wish that they paid attention when you be kicking the real, The soul veggies was ill, congrats on getting the deal, All that I ask you mega is if you leave me behind, Be it in name only or with the beats and the rhymes, Is That you never compromise, never neglect a message, Never lower your standards brother never forget it Go forth and change the world, What you’ve got is unique, Be the voice of the geeks, From the boardroom to the streets I love you and always will Even when we don't speak It's almost like Adam and Eve because you came from me, And children outlive their parents That the way it should be So stay strong for ever become the best MC Cause what your destined to be Is greater than any sub genre Remember Always move in honor my brother. holla
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Sometimes I pretend that’s it’s all gravy Even when it’s obvious everything’s all crazy My vibes is off lately, the Ground is all shaky Minds all spacey, the trigger is off safety The homies see victories and think life goals One minute I’m sweating the next I’m ice cold Eyes rolled to the back of my head Knowing I’m lacking the bread To buy back everything that this life stole Live Shows still legit, verses still fire Blindfold in the pit, till I feel inspired Time saved is a sine wave, and it’s meaningless when you feel like your Mind flayed Like Will Byers All dried out like I’m mummified My brothers try to visit I tell em another time Close my eyes and the nighttime come alive Stranger things than hawkins in the summer time Brothers grind, just to get what they deserved Hoping that the game never kick em to the curb Never dreamed I’d be Living this Disturbed Devil on my shoulder and he whispering the words Right now... Everything is upside down My whole world is upside down Right now Penny The Great We gotta maintain the code play ya hand and never fold If you stick to your position guaranteed you never grow I never follow any rules i just break as I go You can never be a partner if your hustles way too slow Gotta hold yourself accountable so every move is logical Thinking of my future life is something that i gotta do We raising up the stakes move with elegance and grace Grow the base let them chase now we moving out of state This vibe became a movement now the reach is getting further I'm getting love from people in these streets i never heard of The glass was half empty pour the pitcher now its full Pessimistic mind state my only path is what i choose Fronto leaves burn slow in these streets that i cruise Never be my completion i will die before i lose This passion is my life niggas ready for a slice Roll the dice and pay the price There's a full moon tonight Right now... Everything is upside down My whole world is upside down Right now RoQy TyRaiD Theres a correlation between lack of motivation and work fatigue When mental breaks that you take to recuperate could equate to paternal leave Its evident the ending my tenureship is imminent Coerced to leave, no semblance of certainty Im meant to win Depressing yes? my temperaments reflected in my credit checks Occurring fees, oppressive debt Remedy w/ contractural employee’s supplemental checks Phoenix try to test my mettle this ain't weapon x Patrolman known to kill Flash their lights then take your life Winona with the steel Put you underground like Russian soldiers running cover missions Tyraid on the radio Fans gonna listen I go ham on you bitches like Dustin on the hill Skills meant progress, I would've been charted a project ago Im as pissed off as Jim Hopper, I want all of the smoke City’s savior this town would be hell without us Refound my power, reach the gate at the eleventh hour I’m back
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Latchkey 04:14
Guess it's all about perspective I grew up thinking we were good We were rich... Then I look back..like...wow It was really a struggle It's crazy Parents be like "do what I say, not what I do," That's the clearance to proceed and go and act a fool I used to sneak sips of brew Brag about it to the kids at school Pretending that my momma never cared about My well being or whereabouts Family arguments, no shame, I would air it out My intention was immersion But it was obvious that my acting out Was serving as diversions Think the year was maybe 9-1 Mom had two jobs when most couldn't find one And I got A's without effort While all the other homies would stray without shepherds They say the devil's playground is idle time So I would stay around the house, try to write a rhyme Mom got in round 6AM And if my homework wasn't out, it was mayhem Even if we had none I would tell her that I had some And go and get some math done No dad, cause he up and split We open up the oven door to heat up the crib Cold; wasn't an athlete Only time I ran was to avoid Getting my ass beat Trying to make friends with all the bad see 11 years old with acne They call me the Latchkey Kid And there it is CHORUS You better come straight home Anybody knocks on the door, just say Keep the living room straight, don't touch that stove And don't let anybody tell you we broke You better come straight home Anybody knocks on the door, just say Keep the living room straight, don't touch that stove And don't let anybody tell you we broke Cause we gon' be alright It was almost instant respect To see a shiny Kwikset key around a kid's neck That meant he had the house to himself Which almost meant he outgrew the belt And I was truly raised by a village Cause if they caught me slippin' I would get it Inexplicably so frickin hard headed Then when my mom came home she hit me harder Made the beating double Every day borrow sugar from the neighbor's house Watching TV over there because our cable's out My Game Boy it was my prized posession Everyday I learned quick how to dodge a question Like, "Y'all aight? I know your moms is stressing" She would say that every setback provides a less Gas bills in collection Supply Side Economics got us all regressing And I'm armed with nothing with my ambition We ain't poor, just in transition Up in church with my hands risen Praying lord can you hear my transmission Forgive my transgressions... Same story as last week It's kinda funny if you ask me How poverty can make you mad deep And in the corner that's me 12 year old with acne they called me the Latchkey Kid CHORUS You better come straight home Anybody knocks on the door, just say Keep the living room straight, don't touch that stove And don't let anybody tell you we broke You better come straight home Anybody knocks on the door, just say Keep the living room straight, don't touch that stove And don't let anybody tell you we broke Cause we gon' be alright
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Ran Ayo I’ve seen what you do, I respect it and all I been watching Wrestling since before I could even crawl So I think the next logical step to progress is to hop inside the ring Give my knowledge a test, yes... Luckily I’ve got a friend named Creed He’s agreed to show me everything Im gonna need So excuse me I’ma do a couple stretches And then we can get started with these lessons (CREED) Wait, Ran, what are you doing? Is this why I’m here? And why are you in a singlet (this is my wrestling gear) I thought I was coming over to play monster hunter (Yeah I tried to tell you plans changed, think I Lost your number) (Yo remember that time We did the battle in the ring) yeah (And everybody loved it and said we did our thing?) Yeah, but that was like 2 years ago (yeah I know, but I think I wanna give this a go) Bro no There so many things you need to aware of The fans, co-workers, yourself to take care of! The respect, ability to connect And Not mention you could break your freaking neck ( Like Kurt angle did?) yeah, exactly take a back seat That guy, he’s an Olympic athlete So imagine what would happen to you (What’s the worst thing, really?) Well, you could tear your Achilles… CHORUS I wanna slam fools on the mat Wanna suplex cats give em Belly to Backs Rock Bottom, Tombstone and a sunset flip So I need you to teach me that I wanna slam fools on the mat Hear the crowd go wild when I win the strap Moonsault, Sharpshooter and a F5 too So I need you to teach me that (CREED) Like, just because you’re a fan You think you can hop in the ring, like straight out the stands? (Yeah) Like, what if I just decided to rap? (Like you’re doing right now), well that’s besides the fact I’m only doing this to prove my point And for the record I sound pretty good on this joint But First of all, no shade, but you’re of a certain age And the body reacts different to pain When’s the last time you fell? (well, a week ago When I got clumsy in a Home Depot, so?) Imagine doing that 30 times a day And some ailments you get just don’t go away And say- your wife gets mad cause you’re always on the road RAN I’m already on the road, I do shows, you do shows! I was told that entertainment is all the same It’s a, different court but we playing same game CHORUS I wanna slam fools on the mat Wanna suplex, cats give em Belly to Backs Rock Bottom, Tombstone and a sunset flip So I need you to teach me that I wanna slam fools on the mat Hear the crowd go wild when I win the strap Moonsault, Sharpshooter and a F5 too So I need you to teach me that (MEGA RAN) I wanna learn how to run the ropes, do flat back Bumps Throw lines, and perfect a sick working punch Who told you these terms? I got em from the Internet And if you don’t mind, I wasn’t quite finish yet Dropkick, drop toe hold, and scoop slam A little Sweet chin music, tuning up the band Big Boots, Head locks and Samoan drops Chokeslam full Nelsons Indian death locks Fujiwara arm bars, coquina clutches Make me the baddest I wanna be the toughest!! Stretch me out, I wanna see what I can take, and make it look real Even though we know it’s F—- DONT YOU ever fix you lips to SAY THAT WORD Ok but you gotta show me how to make it not hurt Man I can’t do this, I just came to play a game And my friend has gone completely insane So I’m gonna just leave… You’re just gonna leave? I wouldn’t ever desert you in your time of need But one more thing.. I got you a gift Golden girls dvd season 3! Yeah you like that YeahI just might If you want it, you gotta teach me to fight Ok one lesson and then we gotta stop! Okay what’s the first thing Taking a chair shot *crack* Haha

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Mega Ran’s surprise winter 2019 release “AGES” comes at an opportune time, as it places a bow on a breakthrough year personally and professionally. Released to celebrate a successful Kickstarter campaign that will bring his "Black Materia" album back in 2020, AGES covers parts of Ran’s awkward journey through youth to adulthood, and includes the remix to the standout single “HOME.” Tracks are produced by the late EOM, newcomers The Alumni and Mat Mania Podcast contributor G1. Despite a litany of producers, the tracks on AGES flow seamlessly, thanks to some beautifully chiptune programming notes that open and close each track. Guests include RandomBeats alum SkyBlew, future tourmate Mickey Factz; AZ favorites Vee Tha Rula, Toure Masters and the Writers Guild also appear.

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released November 15, 2019

Executive Producer: Mega Ran
Recorded and Mixed by Michael Gamarano and Luis Perez at HKS Studios, Phoenix, AZ
Assistant Production by RANA
Mastered by Ari Davalos.
Artwork by Akuirako
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Mega Ran Phoenix, Arizona

“Mega Ran's proven he can excel in storytelling, punchlines, poignancy, freestyling and, well, pretty much any other way you can measure an MC.”

— LA Weekly

An incredible impromptu "freestyle" MC, Ran's unique combination of fantasy and introspective hip-hop has found its way all over the world, into leading press outlets and most recently, into the Guinness Book Of World Records.
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