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Black Materia: Final Fantasy VII

by Mega Ran and Lost Perception

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    Ten years in the making, Black Materia: The Remake is a hip-hop tribute to Final Fantasy VII.

    Black Materia: The Remake is a double-disc album, pressed on heavy-weight splattered black vinyl, enclosed in a gatefold jacket. This released contains exclusive artwork and masters created specifically for the vinyl release.

    Featuring twenty-five guest producers and rappers, Black Materia: The Remake takes listeners on a hip hop journey through Final Fantasy VII. The role-playing game centers on a group of heroic revolutionaries fighting to bring down Shinra, an energy company that’s destroying the planet for profit.

    Black Materia: The Remake retells the video game’s acclaimed story through narrative lyricism and powerful performances. The beats and backing tracks feature memorable moments from Nobuo Uematsu’s acclaimed Final Fantasy VII score.

    For Mega Ran, Black Materia: The Remake is the culmination of a more than decade-long career-making hip-hop tributes to video games. Following the viral success of his original Black Materia album in 2011, Ran left his job as a middle school teacher to pursue music full time.

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    a digipak containing the Black Materia Remake CD, with artwork by Kiera B and Daniel Hill, Signed by Mega Ran. For the digital copy or vinyl, visit

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Cloud Strife (free) 03:39
All up on they high horse like equestrians A lifetime ago we used to be the best of friends But things change, now I'm feelin stressed again Got my sword leveled up let the quest begin I was born in the sewage of the slums In war time sought peace, no one ever knew if it would come We were war buddies, workin on the same team with the same goal, but wit slightly different means When he hit the scene, he commanded respect, needed something done, every hand hit the deck Took the first shot, nobody fired back Accepted no crap, i admit I admired that He was a legend, his story spun far and wide And it Scarred my pride down to my heart inside I took every mission I could accept Just to make my mark, cause I wanted the power and respect, that he had, But I was just a plebian, then the war ended 'fore I could to leave again Then I heard he found some documents About his true origin and then he got convinced he was not of this earth, bred to be a soldier The spawn of an alien life form, jenova Infused with the cells while genres still in the womb heard the newsand was hellbent on sealing the doom Of any one who had participated So he tore the town apart until everything was dissipated I gave chase, and the saga begun He released jenova and they both untited as one Sealed himself in his lair beneath the earth Plans to take over the world but Not if I stop him first So Tifa tells me she can reconstruct the pieces of my past fill in the gaps cause I'm sick of wearing a mask framerate's mad spotty like a PS1 the story's still cloudy, sorta like my namesake so wait-- it turns out that what was in my mind was a memory, a dream, that wasnt even mine this cant be, I close my eyes it looks so clear to me apparently nothing is as it appears to be So in fact i was kidnapped by Shinra beat down and tortured so I couldnt remember now i'm hot as a scolding pot, all of us were en-hanced Mako showers jenova cell implants crazy part is that the cells duplicate information, so what was in my head was a mistake the man i see in my flash backs in fact isn't me, that would be a cat named Zack my best friend and confidant, who died in battle asked me to live for him, and and I mustve agreed to so i've lived a double life for the past 5 years told lies to the people and they believed you but i was manipulated, by Seph gotta find him, kill him and i'll do it myself if i have to, but I found a group of survivors what they lack in skill, they make up for in desire now we on a quest to unlock this mystery We mount up, and I guess the rest is history
Tifa 05:09
I can remember takin walks by the lake with her by my side, I was Maybe 11 or 12 at the time, We were inseparable, but strictly a platonic thing She was a bit of a tomboy, just trying to hang So we traveled every where as a duo, I go you go, I know you know, I was her confidant, and of course _she was mine, So when we snuck off on that path past nibelheim I knew we weren't supposed to but I did it, Knowing full well that our parents would prolly kill us, But, she was wit it, still she let us contin-ya, She never was the type to pass on a good adventure, When we saw the mountain I don't recall who decided That it might be fun if we tried to climb it, Inch by inch, we Almost made it top side, Then she grabbed my hand when she felt a rock slide, I yelled, It mightve sounded like I cried We both crashed down hard on the rock floor, A 12 foot drop but felt like a lot more, I black out, ambulance showed up I was on crutches, but she was in a coma, And yeah I was hurt but I was worried bout Tifa Her dad starts trippin tellin me I can't see her I'm crushed like red pepper Think I felt tears formin when he told me to forget her Apologize forever and told him I'd do better, But he said he never ever approve us being together She somebody strong and that was inevitable, If you love her try lettin her go, Pain, felt like somebody was kickin me Words can't express what that conversation did to me All because of one childish mistake I might not ever again see her beautiful face I think I love her though mic check 1, 2, 1-2, mic check 1, 2, 1-2 a 1-2, a 1-2, a 1-2, babygirl I want you, I want you something about her got me so excited, I can't fight it, baby i think i like it.. I met a girl they called Tifa lockheart she came in and she stole a piece of my heart Tell me what I need to do, So I can tell the world about me and you, I met a girl they called Tifa lockheart she came in and she stole a piece of my heart Tell me what I need to do, Ya got me its true All I need is you Every day for a week i went to Tifas crib, brought flowers bought soup and whatever we could give I used to just leave em at the gate, Cuz I know pop tired of me being at the place Eventually Tifa recovered And I had to tell her something I could no longer keep under cover-- she was forgiving and luckly she still wanted to see me, tell me when, I come through early like a preemie You might have to brace yourself for this next thing I'm leaving town for Midgar next spring But the difference is this isn't for enjoyment, And I'm not even going to find employment, I wanna join soldier and be all I can be, Then later I'll come back for all y'all to see Who knows maybe i can be the next sephiroth She promised me she'd be around at least to see me off Fought tears and said she ain't want me to leave at all She joked and said that I'd be famous She'd read about my adventures in the daily papers I couldn't tell her why I did it to be honest, I just wanted to be strong to prove her father wrong, so before I left she made me make a promise, i told her id be honest that if she ever was in bind, cloud you got us? Ill always come to the rescue I couldn't let you down you're too special Thought this talk would be the last time, I saw her face, but as I looked up a shooting star passed by I closed my eyes and made a wish, and clenched my fists and dreamt of eternal bliss, Then I had to split, Didn't see her till some years passed, She needed my help, and I told her all she had to is ask.. And she did... still beautiful like when we were kids, I still love her..
Insurgents Not a bit nervous Encouraged Got bit further to go, By any means, gettin rid of our enemies Av-al-a-n-c-h-e yeah, that's who we be Insurgents Not a bit nervous No lip service Got a bit further to go, -Do what I gotta kid so who want a problem wit Av-al-a-n-c-h-e yeah, that's who we be There's a massive company called shinra I don't exactly know what they into But they wanna get control of the lifestream And i just can't let that contin-ya They don't care who they hurt who they injure Tryna turn the whole planet against us So it's simple, u join the resistance or you wind up going against us My name is barret Wallace and I'm known for paralyizing, pulverizing punks, into submission I ain't fantasizing wish this world wasn't violent it'll get worse if we allow it Hot head with a cannon for an arm, and a mind with nothin but revenge inside it I represent avalanche, man These chumps dont have a chance, Watch em scatter man, Whenever Barret's layin the battle plans Got my people beside me, tifa provides me, wit bit of a voice of reason, Got Biggs and wedge and Jessie Anybody In my way I'm squeezing Get behind me, I'm leadin, but bombing the region has gotta be the highest treason, But we came too far to back down, I'm not leavin till we even bring it to whoever want it u can get it quick got the president of Shinra throwing fits-it's our planet they can't get control of it, Ain't nobody hoppin off the train till it's over wit Insurgents Not a bit nervous Encouraged Got bit further to go, By any means, gettin rid of our enemies Av-al-a-n-c-h-e yeah, that's who we be Insurgents Not a bit nervous No lip service Got a bit further to go, -Do what I gotta kid so who want a problem wit Av-al-a-n-c-h-e yeah, that's who we be B-a-r-r-e - one t They gone have to come get me if they want me, I don't bend I dont break, I don't care about much just my daughter Marlene and my people being free, See you gotta understand son, I don't have the answer I just keep my faith and I always keep a hand gun No I mean it literal, cuz I got a hand gun, I call it a gun arm, So I'm never un armed, Got it as a battle scar, from a chick Scarlett, weapons developer, caught me in her target, while I tried so save my friend dyne, lost my grip she shot my friend died, so I kept his daughter,raised her as my own, child, Till I discovered Dyne was alive, andgone wild, we keep going till the planet is at peace, someone's, and if somebody's gotta die, I figure that's a small casualty, keep a high top fade and I keep a bad attitude, pity the fool that compare me to that other dude, Avalanche reppin till the day I pass on and even if I'm the legacy will last---long chorus
Mako Reactor 03:49
chorus got Money on my mind no fear in my eyes Avalanche the squad, so its time to rise im just goin forward, no time for going backwards the mission destroy the mako reactors they brought it on themselves, we gotta take em out all in, but we might not all make it out ending the shinra and closing the chapter the mission: destroy the mako reactors I never got their names, and I didn't really care to I just want the money so the mission I adhere to is simple, join some resistance click blow the reactor, then we split, that's it they go on about savin the planet all the precious resources we been takin for granted I'm doin me It not that i dont understand it but im tryna carry the job out just how we planned it and in my line of work theres no time for softies these treehuggers better wake up and smell the coffee i been around the block im far from a beginner been in reactors back when i used to work for shinra they dont trust me, and I dont like them cuz I don't know them, but I aint like them war? they aint built for it, trouble's like my wallet i only find it when I'm neverlooking for it as i set the bomb i start to get some premonition some kinda feeling like this shouldnt be part of the mission but i do it, 10 minutes remain before reactor one goes down in flames so we out, we escape to the train to rest and part one of the mission is a complete success So for now it seems that the good guys are winning but this aint the ending, its only the beginning got Money on my mind no fear in my eyes Avalanche the squad, so its time to rise im just goin forward, no time for going backwards the mission destroy the mako reactors they brought it on themselves, we gotta take em out all in, but we might not all make it out ending the shinra and closing the chapter the mission: destroy the mako reactors we get back to the hideout later on that day and the boy Barret's actin kinda shady wit the pay I dont need this, fam, yall can go on without me, halfway out the door when Tifa comes up and stops me tells me bout a promise that I made back in the day that if she was in trouble i'd be there without delay and now here i stand with walking out on my chance, so I agree to take the mission, and we're leaving town I bump into a dude named Johnny, childhood friend who found the need to remind me to take care of Tifa, and I willingly oblige next on the agenda is reactor number 5 we hop up the train begin to take a ride, but not long after we in for another surprise i see something suspicious, they locking down the train cars makes it exciting cuz i know its bout to pop off but we run to the first car and decide to hop off, near miss but we escape unscathed, unharmed so we continue along on our way gotta move fast get it done, I dont have all day inside the reactor and heading to the core the layout is the same as the reactor before and again when i reach it i feel another light flash im on the floor weak, paralyzed right fast set the bomb the we break out of the premises until we get surrounded, by soldiers and the president he's monologue-ing about taking us under then he summons a robot, that he calls airbuster, we triple team it and eventually defeat it but the explosion ripped the ground apart between us I'm hangin in the balance, and i hear Tifa's screaming i slip, and that's the last thing i remember seeing...
Aerith 06:38
verse 1 Last thing I remember is plotting our escape I was runnin wit a gang wreaking havoc state to state Call avalance, we were somerevolutionaries Usin every trick in the book to bring the truth and nearly Got killed on my last mission up in Midgar Set off an explosion, ran, but didn't get far So I'm guessing the reactor blew Blast knocked me unconcious, and detatched the crew I awakened on a flowerbed Up in the slums, on the floor of a church all covered in grunge Thankful to be alive, in need of a shower and not a medic, I get up sore and light headed And it was there that I met her, her name was Aeris Body wasn't the greatest, skin wasn't the fairest Not someone Id normally be interested in gettin wit But somethin bout her aura just told me she was differ-ent V2 So i dusted my self off and said hello, Apologized for the inconvienience and then tried to go One thing about Aeris she was a straight shooter, she didn't wait if she had something to say to ya, So immediately pleasantries were canceled when she asked who would pay for the flowers I trampled I laughed, and said that I'd replace em I just did a job, that I'm waitin to get paid from I'm a soldier, fighting for freedom, Providing services for anyone who need em So she came with a plan, suggested I protect her, cuz there's bad folks out there, tryin to get her Before I could ask why, some troops passed by kicked in the church door, wood and Glass fly Should i help her? My conscience says u gotta dog, So I went from soldier to bodyguard V3 So in our travels in the ensuing chapters Every where we went someone was trying to capture her So asked her, what was the deal, what's the appeal, as usual she's nothin but real She was the last decendant of an ancient race, who may hold a connectiion to a sacred place Called the promised land, so this caused a lotta problems man, everybody wanted it so they all devised a plan If that wasnt enough, in comes sephiroth, The meanest, baddest, biggest boss of em all She goes to the church to pray for the solution But sephiroth appears she shows no fear And with on sword stroke, aeris was killed, I wish i was like her, and said what I feel I don't know what it was but there was something bout her aura Cuz I haven't felt it since her and never felt it before her
hi my name is don corneo and i just want someone to love... yes thats don corn-eo not to be confused with some may say that im kind of a perv, but not at all, cuz poppa don told me if there's grass on the field then it's time to play ball i keep some whips and chains normal love making bores me, just listen to my name in spanish it means mister horny Hi Tifa nice to meet you your shirt is almost see through yes that's a salami in pocket but i am glad to see you so welcome to my mansion my palace of romancin' you want some information and i wanna get your pants and (so we both have something the other wants...hahahaha) hi my name is don corneo and i use a hula hoop to hold up my pants.... yes i am obese but there's more-to-love..... some may say that im a sexual deviant but, i'd say that i am rather lenient the term sex slave makes it sound so--bad. I want a bride who wont run when its sexy time though if i have to chase you i wont mind (i just need my inhaler) when i bring in other women she's not mad at me i can punch her and she wont call it battery because right now the only thing attracted to me is... gravity so come here girl, slip out of those jeans... i'll ditch those other 2, switch scenes crossdressers, whore houses? are you sure this game's for teens?
Storyville The subway stopped again, young bums talk to them- selves, smell, can't breathe the oxygen times been hard in Midgar, you either working for the slum Don or working for Shinra the sky gray and blackened from Mako's reactors, pace, aint no hazard pay in the badlands gate says Sector 7, more like Section8 just to set it straight, the struggle is day to day livin under tin huts, and holes in the ground police aint around, Don's controlling the town and the centers been bad inside is much worse, outside is scorched earth, so happiness here, is like finding flowers in an abandoned church everybody hurt but we livin with this curse, we struggling, scrapping, scraping, scrapping guns, murder and drugs, kidnapping It happens all the time in the slums and you should try not to come, cats Robbin for crumbs, you can get shot in the slums, if you not an alum, man look what I have become, the don of the slums Random Its where we pray that our kids are athletic Cuz we ain't makin it outta here wit loans and bad credit This town can send you to the grave if you let it Temptations and free lift to the paramedics They call my neighborhood a shanty town, but I think they secretly jealous cuz they can't be down Its the new Hooverville, where we struggle fight and scuffle tooth and nail, and even the hardest of dudes are killed, and in the game of life I play the line, scrape and grind to make a dime Got nothin but people still bother wit hatin mine Pray that I'm not livin in the last days and times It's Midgar, where every summer brothers get dumber, longer nights no slumber, man someone do the numbers We got single mothers double jeapordy and triple homicide quadruple life sentences so I gotta slide Everybody in my circle Is living a polar opposite of what's Seen in hallmark commercials, Blue skies wit grey smoke from the purple... they don't say they gonna murk you, they just murk you Rappers and ballers ballers and actors Higher mathmatical status is what they after Best believe that aint what I'm tryna become, So I'll be back like the prodigal son, i'm the don of the slums It happens all the time in the slums and you should try not to come, cats Robbin for crumbs, you can get shot in the slums, if you not an alum, man look what I have become, the don of the slums Mikal KHill: Wake up sleeping in a dusty bed alone I lie frustrated, and I feel like I'm done dead instead, I roll out, I gotta meet up with my crew gotta figure out a way to pay this rent it's done past due so we do what we do, mess around we might do it to you no sorta hesitation less amazing is the speed with which we limit break, turn on the wrong route feel like we can get with this when there's no other way out no doubt, you never gonna make it spray your name up on the wall, own path, I made it don't hate it still manage staying upright pocket full of trouble, rolling the dice everyone a suspect, pray for doubles, cash some checks wreck my motion on the wrong path pockets is fat, yeah you know its got to be like that and anybody try to take me for a chump i got a ball of lighting in my pocket anyone act dumb Sulfur: Gahhh, choking on the dust. Always watching my back, but pressing forward, so rust never touches-- The clutches on something more, the hold up at the store, before the Mako core, then-- Blaooww, gas in a potion bottle. Light the rag and run, man. There's no time to dawdle. Never coddled, it's slums birth to box. Always hanging on the corners with Materia in my socks. Picking locks, on the chest, it's guerrilla warfare--to loot the arsenal, and burn down the lair. Don't stare too long, because I'm already gone. A SOLDIER born at night, trained to look for the dawn. But a pawn's unnoticed 'till he's at the end of the board, so keep that saved stored, man. You couldn't afford-- No back up, when your back's up against a wall. And no one from the slums ever gets that governor's call.
Last of my kind since my mother she died My father a coward, tried to hide from the tribe But I survived in Cosmo Canyon, companions are few Bugenhagen like a grandfather and I call him that, too Knew what to do when the Turks came to capture a specimen Contested them but wasn't gettin the best of them I saved the day but I was taken away Tattooed with the numerals that later gave me my name Prisoner imprisoned in the Shinra HQ Subjected to experiments by Hojo and his crew After more than a year, a proud swordsman appeared He told me he was Cloud and we fought our way out Back at home, Bugenhagen said some facts should be known Dad didn't run from the tribe, he attacked 'em alone Like they turned him to stone, my shame turned into pride And as I howled at the moon, he cried from petrified eyes
dirty work done without getting your mits dirty operate covert to avert controversy or tear the sector down snatching your people up singing a sad song when Tseng and the Turks creep up hit squad for hire, specialists in ruthless odd jobs for Shinra, on retainer with Rufus you seeing those dark suits, it's no use if told to the light they will show you Reno, red dragon electro-mag Pyramid scheme bringing down your Avalanche your whole zone a victim of circumstance when it's time, your clan won't stand a chance in a tag you got Rude the nice with the hands dude the toe to toe dude, box you up like fast food trust me, don't be faulty with the baldy compulsively clad in dark specs to part necks and then ya got Elena bombshell frag hag, darling of detonators the blonde nitro, pyro light show strictly biz rookie dynamo loyal to financial backers the cunning, fearsome, murderous godwackers with the thought don't even flirt weave what you will, but never tangle with the Turks
Ever wish you never were born? Thinking you can't the weather this storm That's exactly where I reside I don't wanna commit homicide Everything I thought was the truth was all just a lie A product of my pride And If I don't achieve what nobody believes I can achieve then we all gonna die Either outcome is Horrible of course But if we both go its Par for the course I think about the slums where I'm from, folks are out there fighting over crumbs, And I can't do a thing to assist it, the gist is, it's broke and i cant fix it, I struggled to find the truth And the more I know I'm even more confused Traveled the world and back and still I know no one who could walk in my shoes, I'm searching for who I think is my Enemy, but every day he reminds me more of me So to anyone I ever did wrong, I wish you well and pray you live long As for me my choice was made, way back in the day, so that's why I say Ever wish you didn't have to wake up? lay in bed, eyelids could stay shut That's exactly how i'm feelin now but i know i can't cuz that's not my style Everything I shoved in my closet is now fallin out and makin a big pile And If I don't believe that i can achieve the impossible i need to quit right now Either outcome would be a let down gots to dig deep find self respect now I think about the past and what i did to me those who passed on who now live through me I hesitated to take action, and living like a coward aint crackin And the more I know I get more frustrated gots to press on cuz we must make it I'm searching for who I think is my true friends and trying my best to tie these loose ends So to anyone I ever loved sometimes you gotta go through hell to reach heaven above for all of the times I didnt listen and all the friends I lost man i miss them, the only medicine for suffering, crime and the woes of mankind has got to be wisdom i heard a man say the mind is a prison, possessed on a quest tryna find religion just too much heartache lead em to the water but cant make em partake 808s autotune and heartbreak heart racin like its in a car chase feelin like biggie on midnight of March 8 top of the world till you starin in god's face
Random We the Knights of the Round, fight till you down let off infinite rounds, a frightening sound enemy skill, we gettin this gil traveled the land protected by an energy shield random encounters with lifeforms i never seen me and my 4 part team, materia in my jeans Aerith's gone and and i sorely miss her a part of me wishes I had gone and died with her but her people knew the secret and hid it kept the black materia where sephiroth wouldnt get it. my minds playin tricks and im walkin a thin line knowin i could lose control at any time so traveling close to me isnt advised i can't be responsible for any more lives north crater, better sooner than later meet me at the center of the earth and say a prayer chorus Sometimes you gotta pick sides the future of all mankind is the prize the end result is the birth of a God Pennywise Ay yo Its time to leave midgar and go meet the team Avalanche in full effect call me mr valentine Fast trigger when im bustin never had to use a summon So im commin for u hojo u bettr start running Yo im down for cause keep it moving never stall If united we are standing then divided we fall The gold saucer was a trap snuk out the back I Fell a hundred feet to the ground guns still intact I need an airship life shoutin Lookin for the ancient city checkin thru the map Sephiroth on our path so therso no turning back genetically enhanced so i think i gotta chance New spell level up strong weapon in my hand Shinra must collapse if we wanna survive A daily dose of hi-potion it keeps me alive, yeah Chorus Devastate my thoughts-drift, walk-swift, see this path-is-designed to taking passionate-strides with the planet-in-mind the trail's-vast, sail-fast, 'nail-bat'-at-my-side so i can battle-these-tribes of assassins-and-spies for each glance-at-the-sky there's a woe-to-tell or a SOLDIER-dwells to make sure you hope-is-quelled like us, there's those-compelled to crush the hateful-cowards who take-their-power, from mako-showers and Jenova-cells It's hard-to-see but 'harmony' is the mission at hand to reap-what-you-can and be at peace-with-the-land a pipe-dream, it might-seem, but a reason-to-stand to fight-greed of Shinra and preserve the life-stream each breath-that-i-take is for our legacy's-sake each 'stride' is filled with 'pride' when your end-is-at-stake so we'll strengthen-our-chase to an excellent-pace To get-the-boss 'sephiroth' before the WEAPONs awake
Even though my dream of touching the sky, amongst the stars Has died, I'm still alive, cigarette in the jaws Is lit, the fire burning inside, personal hell Was stoked in Rocket town, place I work and I dwell How hoping for support, hoping for the presidents word For Shinra to give me more funds to manage my bird The Tiny Bronco, but while haggling the head honcho This Emo kid and his friends jacked my ride, Oh no I chased em down pronto, hop on the plane With a feeling that my girl will never do it again I was right, it was shot down, I'm staring at this Cloud clown Thinking that he Gutts in Berserk, this jerk is just desert And I'm about to chow down, but after the story I hear About the end of the world approaching near We converge paths, the world is dead on arrival Of the Meteor, we gotta stick together for survival I need some Materia, for weapon material Hijacked the Highwind, then scratched off the serial Lose Cloud, now I'm in charge, no half stepping Find Cloud, in the fallout of loosed weapons Find out that Shinra, is loading up a rocket To attack the meteor with Materia gotta stop it Reach space looking around my jaws gapes I escape in an oxygen pod to save the race
you can hear the cry of the planet, even scientist cant understand it we all at a disadvantage impossible to manage so called experts is callin it a hoax so its time for the networks to take a new approach greenhouse gases, natural disasters unexplained phenomena, time to wake up outta the mind state, that we cant change things the world is changing, how many times we gotta see the same things *hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions we need more action and less discussions, and less corruption, before we all goners somebody inform us, that the earth's tryna warn us but we worried bout the trivial, superstars interviews millionaires drama, people whats gotten into you temperature is risin like the CO2 levels sooner or later we'll expose the true devils but for now.. you can hear the cry of the planet yesterday a young mom threw her baby in the garbage, and a bomb exploded in an Afghani market and who you think the target is, the same one who started this war on a people who didn't even have a part in this terrorism's mental now, they aint gotta strike red yellow, orange, burnt sienna, its a lotta hype politicians spend millions to keep they cushy gigs while single moms miss meals just to feed they kids in the land of opportunity bring your poor, tred, your huddled masses just not to my community we appreciate your help building the house, but soon as it's done fam, I gotta kick you out that dont even make sense to me, but you can check the history its written that a man will die for his own iniquity and there will be a day when we rise, but that wont be until we open our eyes and recognize the lies protesters wit picket signs object to these wicked times while brothers is kickin lines about cars and hittin dimes cuz they know to get in line, work until quittin time stand up and fix ya spine, you outta your frickin mind? put minutes on your phone instead of minutes in their lives till we pay the ultimate price, then ask God why by the pursuit of gettin more, when that's America's credo legal or illegal or you less than a zero all the drama we got, is wasting time on the clock came a long way since i used to rhyme on the block learned if you value knowledge then, you free your mind to follow it a lot of it is confidence, not what you can get out of it turn the Tell Lie vision off and dig up a jewel sharpen your mind so it remains the most powerful tool at your disposal I'm hopeful, but cautious at the very same moment cause i know everybody has to face their atonement
Ilyas: watch me transform just like Vincent I'm so fly.. I'm like an airship cuz my engine keeps revvin to the heavens got my ultimate weapon you better watch where you steppin', i know no limits mate, watch me use this limit break you need a higher level you can't imitate sit back, watch us attack, let me demonstrate try to react, the slow spell left you minutes late ta-ta, tootle-loo, bye bye, disintegrate been feeling great as of late (why's that?) is it the materia or is it the cake? i'm sure my gamers relate, we want mo' hoes but we dont call em chickenheads, we say cho-co-bos Its I and I like Nintendo's new logo i put wack rappers in a cage and tell em go-go, ha Away, they got nothing to say like text talking in the RPG's back in the day CHORUS Absolute, think you can stand the avalanche grab a sword, level up but family you don't have a chance we got the superior materia, beware of the various terrors we prepared for ya clear ya area it gets scarier you think you can stand the avalanche grab a sword, level up but family you don't have a chance we got the superior materia, beware of the various terrors we prepared for ya clear ya area it gets scarier Random: I been real, when i'm with Il, spit skills, get gil light like mythril, blowin like a pinwheel live frm the lifestream, tighten ya flows or get tossed in the cycle of souls only the foolish try, the rest know full well its suicide we monsters, who traveled here on the last lunar cry prototype of the auracyte, archetype parasite, get ya data right, or get shattered like time, im a lyrical rhyme slave erase you from my digital mind wave, and start the crime wave a project G, when the meteor falls saw the future without reading your palms I red 13 chapters and no rappers come after Ran and Il blow like mah-ko reactors keep the sister ray equipped to spray command counter with the ultima, bringing an end to ya day, hey! CHORUS Absolute, think you can stand the avalanche grab a sword, level up but family you don't have a chance we got the superior materia, beware of the various terrors we prepared for ya clear ya area it gets scarier you think you can stand the avalanche grab a sword, level up but family you don't have a chance we got the superior materia, beware of the various terrors we prepared for ya clear ya area it gets scarier Maja: First of all, when I open up my mouth I shut it down Until the light is overhead and darkness all around All encompassing, I’m functionin’ I’m summonin’ dungeons of cunning creatures until I got ‘em running They running, I’m huntin’ The rappin’ avalanche; I cast quickly I pass cats like sands through hourglasses sickly From ash I rise, a hack and slash surprise - Phoenix-downin’ is the only option unless you stoppin’ I’ll give you round of applause If you gather up all of your Gods So I ain’t gotta work that hard I got gall; I’ll run up and slaughter ‘em all It don’t really matter who you gon’ call, call ‘em all I’ll run up and slaughter ‘em all And I bet it’s gonna get crazy, AMAZIN’, Blazin’ I’m MAJA When you see that Zelda emblem hangin’ round my neck I end ‘em Suspend ‘em, I blend ‘em; My final fantasy is never-endin’ My life’s dream was just to overdose on LifeStream I’m frightenin’ when I’m weildin’ the mic It’s like I’m Lightning CHORUS Absolute, think you can stand the avalanche grab a sword, level up but family you don't have a chance we got the superior materia, beware of the various terrors we prepared for ya clear ya area it gets scarier you think you can stand the avalanche grab a sword, level up but family you don't have a chance we got the superior materia, beware of the various terrors we prepared for ya clear ya area it gets scarier
Storyville: You can't imagine the anger, or measure the hatred. Empathize with my anguish but I've been recreated. And been biding my time, calculated and rated for my moment to rise and wreak my repentance. My whole life was a lie, everything I loved and held sacred Was spit on, defiled, poisoned, corrupted and tainted. I died as a human, cast down and forsaken My soul was exhumed, reborn a one-winged angel. I'll burn this world in hellfire, tear it apart I 've had my revenge but revenge wasn't enough. Look at these corporations, so much greed and corruption People are puppets crawling up out to the slums. You perfected flawed are undeserving of love I'll merge with the lifestream, then emerge as a god. Then crash the world with this rock as my mother intended New birth of a son, Alpha, Omega beginning and ending. Random:Chorus The meanest, the illest, the most villainous killer of millions rocking the sword and hair of silver, its (Sephiroth) Product of an experiment gone wrong, burn the village down and he's long gone. His name is... (Sephiroth) Black materia, meteor spell caster. Task master. Many come before but not come after. (Sephiroth) Sephiroth, better get to steppin' off, never soft, man they kill ya 'fore ya get ya weapon off. (Sephiroth) Random: I ain't scared of you, really I'm prepared to do Whatever it takes, I cut the head off a snake So an angel with one wing is next to nothing, Gotta let you know one thing, we are coming Behold a pale horse, a storm with a gale force, His power is unstoppable and therefore He's at the center of the earth so we travel there His shadow flare almost knocked me out the battle here. The Super Nova is ferocious, destroys the solar system, Just to hit us with a dosage, Pluto gone Jupiter, mercury roasted, feel like dying but somehow I'm focused Level 99, my combat is explosive, For your heinous crimes you must be demoted, Limit break - Omnislash, blades entering his body fast, Barrett's catastrophe, hits em, multiple shottie blasts. Tifa does her part too, Beat rush, Somersault, water kick, Sephiroth eats all of it, Emergency, ain't no time for callin' 9-11, How you stop hell? I know, Final Heaven. We face to face, man to man, sword to sword, His bloody body explodes and it turns to orbs, Didn't do it for fame, didn't do it for gain But I still get a chill whenever I hear the name.


In a stunning move, hip hopper and educator Random, aka Mega Ran and Lost Perception present BLACK MATERIA: Final Fantasy VII, a Hip-Hop album using tunes from Square’s hit game.

Ran’s new 16 track album releases 14 years to the date that the Final Fantasy 7 game launched in Japan and sent the world into a frenzy. The production on the album will be handled by Lost Perception, a veteran hip-hop producer from Phoenix who shares an equal love for Final Fantasy and Hip-Hop.

Since 2007, Random has built an amazing presence, reputation and fanbase by sampling video game tunes and adding original lyrics and driving beats to them, attracting fans in both the video game and hip-hop communities. Random and K-Murdock’s Forever Famicom album dropped last Summer, and has been a huge hit, propelling tours and appearances in Nintendo Power, Wired and other magazines.

Final Fantasy VII (FF7), released in 1997 by Square, has since sold over 9 million copies worldwide, and is widely considered by many to be the greatest game of all time, and one that has revolutionized role playing games (RPGs) forever. Random agrees, and knows he can’t let the diehard fans down.

“Final Fantasy 7 is THE game that got me back into console gaming,” Ran says, after college life at had taken him away from video games for years. “I’ve never to this day been as emotionally invested into a game as I was with FF7, and doubt I will be again.” My heart will always be in 8-bit, but I just wanted to give back to (FF7 creator Nobuo) Uematsu and co. for creating a masterpiece.”

Ran usually alternates between heavier themes and video game topics in his music, as his last two releases, "Forever Famicom" and "Heroes, Volume One" demonstrated. The first single, “Aerith” is a heartbreaking tale retelling one of the most shocking moments in videogame history, the death of Aeris/Aerith, a playable character in the FF7 game.

The quest begins all over again.

Level up.
Black Materia.


released January 31, 2011

all songs Produced by Lost Perception for The Council Productions. Album features additional vocals by Brentalfloss, MC Pennywise, Devastate, Ilyas (of Tanya Morgan), Maja, Phil Harmonic, Dale Chase, and more.


Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.



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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