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

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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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Track Name: AGES (Intro)
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
Track Name: HOME (Prama Remix)
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
Track Name: AA (feat. Toure Masters)
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
Track Name: Walking On Water 2.0
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
Track Name: UPSIDE DOWN (feat. Penny and RoQy TyRaiD)
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
Track Name: Latchkey
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
Track Name: BONUS: Sunset Flip (feat. Austin Creed)
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