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AGES, Vol 2

by Mega Ran and DJ DN3

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1.
Everything won’t go your way But you Keep the faith Hold on Keep the faith Be strong Hold on Keep the faith Keep on Everything’s gonna be okay If you keep the faith Keep the faith Hold on Keep the faith Be strong Hold on Keep the faith Keep on My wife throws the best get togethers New years we prepped for another with the fellas knew this would the best year ever I had a whole year planned out bring the band out bring the fans out sometimes it doesn't quite pan out... they told me don't go on the cruise I'm glad I did, it was the last thing I'd do came home and the whole world's confused the east points, west, the west points east the stay at home orders everybody off the streets but how's a working man supposed to make ends meet... Everything's not okay something still makes me say what a wonderful day... V2 Meanwhile in the twin cities
cops get reckless, the people get busy We aint seen it like this since the 60s 8 minutes 46 seconds No weapons but somehow he felt threatened Say his name so they won’t forget em And there’s so much deception here Governments warnings all etched in fear All of this in an Election year... We gone talk about this for generations, How We the laughing stock of every nation This is gonna be one for the Ages.. Everything won’t go your way But you Keep the faith Hold on Keep the faith Be strong Hold on Keep the faith Keep on Everything’s gonna be okay If you keep the faith Keep the faith Hold on Keep the faith Be strong Hold on Keep the faith Keep on
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I spread love, Because somebody showed it to me See the world how I know it can be, that’s why (I spread love ) Appreciate what I’m given, No time for hate gotta Stay on the mission (Spread love) I show compassion for my fellow man Lend a hand let em know I understand No doubt (I Spread Love) I do it when i sit and write tracks Gimme love and I give it right back (Thats why we spread love) Mega Ran: I got, lots of love for my crew that is, No love, for the enemy, confusing kids But if down then you gotta know what time it is And if you don’t, then allow me to enlighten With my writing, precise I lay it all down flat Practice till we nice get it all down pat No stressing Maximum Effort, PMA No Question, back in the session, see the hate, but it Kinda Boggles my mind showing love To my enemies - who plotting on mine I show love Cause it doesn’t take a lot to be kind show love So the energy ain’t stopping my grind Sho nuff Hate is a burden too strong for me to bear Not sure when it got corny to care I’m not above ya not below ya I’m right here witcha, Permanent fixture in the mixture and I spread love Because somebody showed it to me See the world how I know it can be, that’s why (I spread love ) Appreciate what I’m given, No time for hate gotta Stay on the mission (Spread love) I show compassion for my fellow man Lend a hand let em know I understand No doubt (I Spread Love) I do it when i sit and write tracks Gimme love and I give it right back (Thats why we spread love) 23 I wasn’t always shown it - I remember moments Feeling like the world was my opponent, but yo… I didn’t always spread it - and that’s connected People tend to give it how they get it, but yo… Now I don’t just reflect it, I generate Hit center stage, entertain, enter brains and set em straight Elevate mental states, levitate and celebrate Hit my booking agent up and set a date The gentlemen with medicine for what ail ya Spread the opposite of failure from here to Australia Saddle the steeds - Mega Ran and 23 - the cavalry That battle weeds of apathy like Johnny Appleseed I plant it deep in your heart beat - My art speaks Poetry - So sweet, but sharper than shark teeth Turning pencil lead to gold, that’s what my head does Positivity’s contagious like bedbugs I spread love Because somebody showed it to me See the world how I know it can be, that’s why (I spread love ) Appreciate what I’m given, No time for hate gotta Stay on the mission (Spread love) I show compassion for my fellow man Lend a hand let em know I understand No doubt (I Spread Love) I do it when i sit and write tracks Gimme love and I give it right back (Thats why we spread love) MC Lars: You might ask, “What’s wrong with a meme?” If it’s dank, and it’s edgy sarcastic and extreme But how are we no longer shocked by mass shootings? Or saying that alternative facts aren’t confusing? So excuse me if this verse gets a little bit serious White nationalists have really got me furious The KKK? Please go away When Trump got elected, I saw you celebrate A wall won’t solve it, believe in progress The power of compassion, all I ask is your involvement I’ll admit there’s no single answer to this cancer But apathy is poison and love heals much faster Honestly? Robert Lee statues, time to melt ‘em down Spread love with the future, ripping hate to the ground You won’t see Hitler statues down at Brandenburg Gate It’s time for them to go if they’re representing hate spread love Because somebody showed it to me See the world how I know it can be, that’s why (I spread love ) Appreciate what I’m given, No time for hate gotta Stay on the mission (Spread love) I show compassion for my fellow man Lend a hand let em know I understand No doubt (I Spread Love) I do it when i sit and write tracks Gimme love and I give it right back (Thats why we spread love)
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(A LOT OF ADLIBBED TALKING THAT I DIDN'T WRITE DOWN) Mega Ran Now I’m sure you heard about your favorite comedian Actor, or entertainer, or whatever medium Seems he in little bit of trouble over something that he did Something he been doing since he was a kid Misusing his power, and influence on people For evil, and the matter has now become legal Let’s talk about some things to make your interactions greater And keep you off the front page of this paper. first of all, lets talk enthusiastic consent, Consent is what is said, not what you think she meant Any intimacy, from a peck...to sex I suggest, asking the question and waiting for a yes Next is locker room talk, you know how it goes Objectifying women behind closed doors with the bros People think being a player is cool, but it isn’t, You know what’s really dope my friend? Staying committed Being open and honest, vulnerability, Willingly, bringing back the lost art of chivalry Not for a prize or for recognition, But to make this place a better one to live in I know you think I’m coming down on you and I am, Know why? because i know exactly how you think, You’re a guy And guys lie Trust me I’ve seen and heard it all, Many more deserve the fall And somehow still it’s doesnt quite occur to yall Time to break the system of Blaming the victims, Take Em to prison cause no ones above criticism Hope you understand this is not okay Now let’s continue on with our day (MORE ADLIBS I DIDN'T WRITE) E-Turn I know you haven’t been told a lot about a lot of these things And what you see on TV don’t really help my team It’s woven into our system to downplay & demean A patriarchal foundation that also limits your dreams Not only ours, cuz you’re left with lots of feelings to guard Told to “be a man,” “man up,” and just ignore all the scars Being open is hard..but necessary for art And every other facet of your life from ending to start Time to shift the way we treat each other, you play a part Like Ran said, being vulnerable is a good start And ladies, don’t ever feel like you’re not enough Or that you have to change who you are to really find love Let’s gain knowledge of self, and also learn to be tough Diversity is beautiful and independence is what - will help to raise our self-worth and get misogyny cut And at the end of the day... always. follow your gut
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Let me tell you about the Proto Culture If you don't know the culture, here's the whole structure 20 years ahead of the game, we gave props And we still play the kind of games you can't pick up at Game Stop From arcades to consoles, you name it i got those Hop on the sticks and i shut it down pronto My ensemble, got mad combos Never been Butt, unless I was playing Garou, Mark of the Wolves Hey But I like that game Had other imports that was twice as strange Dungeons & Dragons, Capcom's best Radiant Silver, guns in the treasure chest Before n64 i was getting a whipping From sneaking and calling Nintendo hotlines in the kitchen In tomb raider I crawl through, telling the homies to Fall through Maniac Mansion but I had to use the walkthrough The homie put me on to the emulators Every game in the arcade, already played 'em All the original rhymes got translated Now video game studies was mandated Let me tell you about the Proto Culture If you don't know the culture, here's the whole structure 20 years ahead of the game, we gave props And we still play the kind of games you can't pick up at Game Stop Yo I had to make important life decisions Will I study something to help me make a living Or will I continue to spend time progressing Analyze combos and strategies for Tekken So damn bad I beat Mario with a dance pad Ransack, hit high scores you ain't got a chance at Smash cats, like E.Honda with hundred hand slaps Del dropped the syllabus, now we in the advanced class In high school I played this boy Out the golden Zelda cartridge and Metroid For Gyromite and Clu Clu Land Told him next day, "black black no trade backs" Hee Hee I still prefer 3rd strike cause of the guard parry NBA Ballers, crossing over with Marbury PS2 had some bangers, Okami and San Andreas, But I still prefer Dreamcast, that was prolly the greatest Let me tell you about the Proto Culture If you don't know the culture, here's the whole structure 20 years ahead of the game, we gave props And we still play the kind of games you can't pick up at Game Stop Catch me at GDQ, E3 too We been about this life, Don’t let em deceive you 20 years later everybody jackin' the style Every month a new battle royale, slow down Twitch overrun by --hold it down now There's games, see 'em loading up in the background I remember getting bootlegs from my favorite store Till the feds busted them and I didn't no more I would pass on Smash, the combos were too meticulous Movement kinda limited, i couldn't get into it Imported Million Arthur with my stimulus, but I Still know the code to Mike Tyson its ridiculous Right now I'm playing Project Warlock, y'all and Prototype 2 running up sides of walls Slicing the vice and cops trying to shoot Laughing, throwing bums off the roof Haha Let me tell you about the Proto Culture If you don't know the culture, here's the whole structure 20 years ahead of the game, we gave props And we still play the kind of game you can't pick up at Game Stop
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She gets up at 4 everyday When she sick when it snows when It rains ...Hops a bus then a train Letting nothing stand in her way Pulls up - Puts her key into the lock Waves to the neighbors on Both sides of the block Flips the light switch, counts up the stock Ready to open doors on her very own shop There’s the ring of a telephone A customer, hoping she can work in her schedule Luckily for her she’s flexible, Salon opened a sec a go, now we red ta go Like Wanda, her dreams are in living color A hairstylist just hoping to get discovered 2 hours later Customers impressed Tapes the first dollar to the wall behind the desk... ayyye One time for the creators So close to God so motivated it didnt exist until you made it Just wanted to say you’re appreciated V2 He started making tracks on a new app Shared them with his homies spamming the group chat Everybody's impressed by the quality Posts on socials, with the hashtag follow me Slow traction, better than no action But He keeps at it even if something don’t happen Every free minute of every night Got his headphones on in a zone, getting it right But with every adjustment hes closer to rock bottom Mad Payments due and running out of options Hard to to focus with an eviction notice It’s Getting bogus, somethings gonna change man I know it wifey yelling, kids need to eat Ain’t no nutritional value up in them beats... Just then... New Notification An inquiry on your track And the best method of payment... ayyyye One time for the creators So close to God so motivated it didnt exist until you made it Just wanted to say you’re appreciated She’s classic trained in painting Her ability in creation is simply amazing Youngest in every class, dazzling demonstrations Wanted the world, while her mentors told her be patient, Lofty aspirations of paradigm shifts It’s clear she’s got a verified gift But one issue, She gave it all her heart You she never saw her own reflection drawn in her art So one day she decided to be the change she wanted Painted black and brown girls and the results were stunning Straight originality Quit her job now the art pay a salary Next up her own gallery- Ayyye One time for the creators So close to God so motivated it didnt exist until you made it Just wanted to say you’re appreciated
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I used to play Apache at the end of every show Till a brother pulled me aside he just had let me know He said my girl is Native, and she hates when people play it So when she saw you dancing, she just-wanted to go home I meant nothing by it I replied, she understood How could something be offensive that made people feel so good He broke it down Apache’s not the name of a tribe It’s a word the Zuni and the Spaniards used to describe Natives, so it’s probably best translated as enemy Listen further and you can understand her energy The systematic oppression of their genetic pool There’s plenty about it that they won’t ever teach in school Tonto is Spanish for a moron or fool, And the war chants, unnecessary as well as cruel manifest destiny the concept is so odd Displacing and pillaging in the name of a righteous God Who promotes peace, while infesting them with small pox Which ran through camps like Mike Alstott Virtually exterminating millions, in a systematic way Till only a quarter million natives are still alive today So, when you dance and smile on stage your hurt may go away But when I hear it, I’m reminded of all of the pain All The murders, the sterilizations, kidnappings, and enslavement, So I just had to make a statement , She educated me so now I’m passing it to you, And now that you know better, tell me what you gonna do. I’m gonna make a change as well as try to educate so I appreciate you broadening my view, so I’mma do better do better. The stars and the bars were a failed experiment Representing a system of enslaved Americans Yet southerners will try to Change the narrative Pained with arrogance confusing Hate for heritage A symbol of supremacy for generations I’d rather see real change occur within the nation If we just fighting over cloth, and no other change comes across, Well then it’s obvious this is all for naught , cause We get busy, From South Carolina to Mississippi Imagine being that far on the wrong side of hist’ry Where Monuments to lifestyles you don’t believe in Stare at you in ever state and you don’t see the grievance You think you know me man, the Situations lonely Even when I taught I never gave Participation trophies We want justice, pass it down Till the last statue comes crashing down Do better Do better. Sending this one out to whoever If you knew better you would do better And now you know.
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The news just said we’re doomed, but that’s not gonna ruin my hope My hope hope hope Oh my hope My hope hope hope No it won’t No it won’t The world is changing fast, and the direction is bad we need hope We need hope hope hope We need hope We need hope hope hope We can cope We can cope I feel like Jack Nicholson, something’s gotta give It’s hard to write a song about something positive In the world that we’re living in Filled with negative influence So I’m guessing our mission is To say something significant I tried my best find the words that’ll put you at ease While we’re fighting racism, misinformation and disease But I can’t Cause these problems feed my anxieties And I’m not the only one, many suffer silently Nothing gonna change from holding your tongue We need a new hope like the end of Rogue One This weight on our shoulders feels like 4 tons So we gotta bring these issues straight to the forefront The news just said we’re doomed, but that’s not gonna ruin my hope My hope hope hope Oh my hope My hope hope hope No it won’t No it won’t The world is changing fast, and the direction is bad we need hope We need hope hope hope We need hope We need hope hope hope We can cope We can cope Honestly I never knew what depression was till now, Quarantining inside got me constantly feeling down Then I turn on the news , expecting fair and balanced coverage But instead I get the opposite of it, Now the public going wild, I just think about the child, Growing up and watching all this going down, What a time to be around Too much to handle it’s testing what I stand fo’ instead of cursing darkness, I’d rather light a candle So when I write a verse, I accept my destiny like Miles in the Spider Verse, You don’t you can until you try it first Remain Calm under pressure When we do get out of this , trust, we’ll be stronger than ever Now do what you got to do, Make impossible Possible Might as well believe, seriously what you got to lose Flee the Toxic, rise above the nonsense Christian, Agnostic Have faith we got this The news just said we’re doomed, but that’s not gonna ruin my hope My hope hope hope Oh my hope My hope hope hope No it won’t No it won’t The world is changing fast, and the direction is bad we need hope We need hope hope hope We need hope We need hope hope hope We can cope We can cope
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Yeah, this remind me of mike & ikes and tastykakes they make it hard to stay in shape but yo you got to on this paper chase Been in the cage so long its time to let the ape escape Peace to Omodaka, we rocked a show in Osaka Came back home and composed a sonata The flow is proper but that ain't enough Cause plenty rock wit me, but won’t make me top 50 The stuff i jot quickly they say Mega got busy hit ya like Pop’s whisky Yet couldnt keep the same energy when I got risky, Whole scene got shifty Keep the portions of gold I want fortunes untold I grabbed a shovel when i got to the fork in the road Went straight, since Sunday nights at Penn State Mario Kart Tournaments to impressing some journalists Who call me influential, couldn’t have dreamt of this Made me Aware of my impermanence, up in the firmament Amongst the stars, i pray i influence the younger gods, Forget the guns and cars, find the strength to buck the odds Yoshimitsu when i hold the pencil My flow like pixels, so rigid, and simple, yet the result is blissful So many broken pencils, nights I almost quit the game The light at the end of the tunnel it is a train Used to stay up all night composing messages, That would never be open, just wondering where my blessing is Seeing lesser talented brothers shine Knowing they can’t hold a candle to none of mine, I don’t mean to undermine, anyone successes, But depression got me lashing out in everyone’s direction A World warrior, yet still no idea know where to go Every Allen iverson needs him an eric snow Gotta know ya role and know just who to talk to > The game of life, don’t come with a walkthrough Sorta like a battle royale, We all drop into the map, With set of instructions, Now we plotting our attack, While the world around us gets smaller by the second, And you dont if you don’t have the right weapon, and connection You left in the dark. I Tried to play my part but had it backwards, Now it’s a trap, I flip the script like bad actors, In movie roles, mark grayson in the studio Invincible, teacher turned heel on the principal Redefined my life like a thesaurus Traded rent for a mortgage and started Writing raps with No chorus Whether they ignore us or adore us, I gotta do it my way, and I’m better for it.. it’s wanderlust yup
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Call me the gran torino Throwin like Dan Marino you aint advanced as me tho You like a damn mosquito Gran Torino ... Gran Torino ... Get off my lawn, im bout to win Yea, we know no peers im an only child Diddy and mase couldn’t hold me down I been a menace It aint a gimmick, Need a pandemic to slow me down You should see my texts.. Please..help me meet connects I stay grounded hard Like ethernet I grind like no one do, just like the OGs showed me to Guess it was overdue for senpai to notice you Rhymes and flows your lies exposed Cut the lights grab the mic and strike the heisman pose Mega All Gas cover your eyes and nose I post a routine day, all the replies is “goals” So they sweat me like i’m Bakugo, Unstoppable Please Tell me how im not the GOAT Mega I can’t *** with them don’t hear no pain when they rap I stole my momma whip and D Nice had that thing on his lap Coulda lost my life that night and that ***** went insane after that You roll with me can’t do cocaine after that I’m traumatized this the truth They stretch they lines I don’t tell no lies in the booth Act like you know and if you don’t Then **** pretend like you do I came up with my *** Shrub We like Eminem and Proof and we don’t wanna stray shot I don’t intend to shoot you Came up with pimps and boosters Thugs, killers . Thought I’d be one of those in the future Look at me now Throwing bows like I’m Luda Aint get no hand in that ditch Reached for a star till a ****** land on that ****** AZ came to me with the torch And I mega ran with that Wooooo Call me the gran torino Throwin like Dan Marino you aint advanced as me tho You like a damn mosquito Gran Torino ... Gran Torino ... Get off my lawn, im bout to win Yea, we know
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KU In team deathmatch I need less scratch it's an optical attack, with optimal attachments I had to wait to customize in Phantom Pain the way Konami did Kojima was just a shame DEL: Yo I had to make important life decisions Will I study something to help me make a living Or will I continue to spend time progressing Analyze combos and strategies for Tekken SkyBlew: Grew up a game freak, Pokémon, caught 'em all from the street, but a geek overall I recall GameShark; lives lost, gained heart started selecting the right controls to paint art GIZMO I walk through creep on the ops like Splinter Cell the outer haven I burn thru the ice crown citadel melt solid to liquid snake my brothers them vicious Big Boss on em we geared up from Metal to Rex pay respect Let me tell you bout the proto culture If you don't know the culture here's the whole structure 20 years ahead of the game we gave props still we get the kinda titles you can't pick up at Game Stop (2x) JESSE DANGEROUSLY: I had Mattel Intellivision in the crib as a kid I had to tell my friends that visit what the hell that it is, it isn't Sega, Coleco, Atari, Tandy or Commodore It's the system that belonged to my mom before I was born Respect that. WORDBURGLAR: Nintendo Power Acheiever - Wordburglar, last name Jordan No wonder number 23's the one my high score's in / Facts! You never played Chrono Trigger? A shame jack But you can always go back in time and change that! AO LYRICAL: Playing these fighting games, gotta get techno kid i'm repeating combos I'm punching i'm winning I'm sending Castlevania whipping, sippin dippin flippin keeping all the money to get extra life and spirit DA RAP NERD: A monster hunter and a gunner with a goldeneye, I'm staying sly and rap to GTA for life Keyblade on my hip to switch it up on sight Till it's the last of us and you dead by daylight Let me tell you bout the proto culture If you don't know the culture here's the whole structure 20 years ahead of the game we gave props still we get the kinda titles you can't pick up at Game Stop (2x) DEL: Twitch overrun by -hold it down now There's games, see 'em loading up in the background I remember getting bootlegs from my favorite sto' Till the feds busted them and I didn't no mo' MARK COOPER: We gamepros where the demos hold in the centerfold Same era where my grades would enter the blood code On 99 i'm a contra fan, Konami plan Brand midway on fire, that Nba Jam KU: Locked and loaded, the block exploded when the message is decoded then I've clocked your motive Gotta get your whole squad in order overtake your mother base and give my marching orders INT EIGHTY: I remember saving money pressed to buy an NES Only just to later pirate games when I was penniless With plenty debt, weighing on me like I'm heavyset Forever Famicom meant surviving pandemic events LEX THE LEXICON ARTIST: Only ever watched my brother play Pokemon Gold till he told me make your own so I dove in the fold Built my teams, beat the leaders now it feels so familiar Like going back to kanto during Pokemon Silver MC FRONTALOT: Every platform’s got a gospel, religion I was apostle to MULE and Impossible Mission on my 6-4, Way of the Exploding Fist L, shift-O, shift-2, asterisk MEGA RAN: Man, we So ahead of our timing ultima up to skyrim Skills never declining Loving the endless grinding Never know where you’ll find him Rhyming on twitch Defining our niche This is the remix (COME ON!) Let me tell you bout the proto culture If you don't know the culture here's the whole structure 20 years ahead of the game we gave props still we get the kinda titles you can't pick up at Game Stop (2x)

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Mega Ran's summer installment of the "AGES" series reads like a book on 2020 from the artist's perspective. Ran writes his way through our most challenging year, donning the teacher cap once more to explain the unexplained and somehow come out with his trademark positive outlook.

Solely produced by Ran's first DJ and beat-maker, DJ DN3, "AGES" brings the soul, the chiptune influences, and the storytelling acumen that have made Mega Ran an indie rap stalwart.

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released September 4, 2020

Written by Mega Ran except where otherwise mentioned.
Beats produced by DJ DN3 except where otherwise mentioned.
Recorded and Mixed by Michael Gamarano at HKS Studios, Phoenix, AZ
Mastered by Ari Davalos and Matthew Weiss
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Artwork by Moist Pixels
Intro and Outro chiptunes by Chips 'N Cellos
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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.”

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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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