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STRANGERS: Back To The Lab

by Mega Ran & Amerigo Gazaway

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Willie Taylor III Great mixes, powerful beats, and expertly delivered lyricism make for an inspiring trip into the Upside Down and back again! Favorite track: Superheroes & Monsters [prod. by Amerigo Gazaway].
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Aaron "ProtoBusterSwrd" Rodriguez Mega Ran returns to the Upside Down but this time he brings the "Soul Mates" legend Amerigo Gazaway along for the ride, as well as K-Murdock and others.
So many awesome flows but out of the gate I love how they sampled "Master of Puppets" for "The Hellfire Club" how they sampled "Running Up That Hill" for "Superheroes and Monsters" and how they sampled "Separate Ways" for "The Massacre." This is everything I thought this sequel would be! Congrats you guys! Favorite track: The Hellfire Club [prod. by Amerigo Gazaway].
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1.
[Verse 1: Amerigo Gazaway] It’s a new world order, everybody sipping on that new world water, See a lot of folks know what it’s like to be a father But not everybody on the planet truly understands just what it’s like to lose a daughter Or what it’s like to sacrifice your life and be martyr When everyday feels like it’s a fight to see tomorrow See we all got different ways of dealing with trauma But when I hear my favorite song I feel a little bit calmer Try to pick myself up and feel a little bit stronger Start "running up that hill" and go a little bit farther There’s no Demogorgon that could ever crack my armor You see what goes around comes around, that’s called karma So when you feeling like you're lost and there’s way to escape Just know there’s probably someone out there who can sorta relate And who knows, maybe they’ve even been through the same thing Everybody got demons that the're trying to maintain, yo [Hook: Mega Ran] As teenagers, curiosity is human nature We come as friends but we leave as strangers We come as friends but we leave as strangers (Repeat x2) [Verse 2: Mega Ran] West coast living, hard not to be laid back in great weather But making new friends in new places takes effort Pass it on like a chain letter To make it happen out here i go to great measures You see, fatherhood is different, unlike anything you ever seen Never woulda been ready for it when i was 17 Stress can age you, but children keep you ever green Fell face first into it, just like a Pedigree Double underhooked, you're forced to take another look Pulled in to the gate, had my wife and my mother shook Busy signals whenever I try to call, I seen it like 10 on the other side of the wall A Sun in Phoenix, so i guess I'm ready for this kinda heat Expect the unexpected like when you hear Neo-Sonic beats To make it, its gone take everything that i got inside of me Break the generational curse and fulfill the prophecy [Hook: Mega Ran] As teenagers, curiosity is human nature We come as friends but we leave as strangers We come as friends but we leave as strangers (Repeat x2)
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[Verse 1: Mega Ran] "Master of Dungeons, didn’t run from it I owned it We’re society’s misfits soft spoken and broken Found solace in D&D, to that I’m devoted and I'ma be who I am, until my coffin’s corroded It’s Hellfire club, I’m president and a client While you're forced in conformity, we stay bold and defiant The freaks and geeks will rise up, no question, it’s destined And When I finally graduate, it’ll be the stuff of legend They like the crack the jokes as they run their narrow path But when it’s said and done you know we’ll have the final laugh Cause sticks and and stones will break your bones, but words will never penetrate Especially because I rock a max armor class The TV and the papers all calling it demonic So much hypocrisy I really find it all ironic My team together stronger than the mightiest Tarrasque So if they wanna hunt me, better roll that "Nat 20" [Bridge: Mega Ran] And i got what you need, but it’s all for a price Maybe I can do a discount just talk to me nice I run the illest campaign, they gon' know the man’s name Eddie Munson, "Master of Dungeons" [Hook: Amerigo Gazaway] It's the microphone master Pedal to the metal, but this bike can go faster Satanic panic, no need to call the pastor Cuz yo, we bout to save Hawkins from disaster It's the microphone master We ain't bout to let Vecna have the last laughter And when I'm done, there will be none after Cuz yo, we bout to save Hawkins from disaster [Verse 2: Amerigo Gazaway] First name Dustin, last name Henderson You know Eddie Munson? Yeah I might be friends with him "Master of Dungeons", and ever since that incident We’ve been on the run just trying to prove that he’s innocent But yo, we’ve dealt with these problems before Slaying dragons like it’s nothing but there’s probably more Solving puzzles like some sort of mental obstacle course Sometimes you gotta open up that curiosity door For sure, because you never know what you might find Scientific mind, technologically inclined It’s time, I think we finish this once and for all And put an end to all the nonsense, or Hawkins will fall No spoilers, but let’s just say “sh*t gets real” Gotta keep your eyes peeled like Victor Creel So hit me on my walkie talkie if you need directions And cast fireball on em, we don’t need protection [Bridge: Amerigo Gazaway] And I got what you need, better take my advice All you have to do is hit up my "Cerebro" device We run the illest campaign, you gon' know the man's name Call me Dustin, "Master of Dungeons" [Hook: Mega Ran] t's the microphone master Pedal to the metal, but this bike can go faster Satanic panic, no need to call the pastor Cuz yo, we bout to save Hawkins from disaster It's the microphone master We ain't bout to let Vecna have the last laughter And when I'm done, there will be none after Cuz yo, we bout to save Hawkins from disaster
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[Verse 1: Mega Ran] I heard they took her "back to the lab" It's gon' take every bit of passion we have To give my peeps some kind of satisfaction at last To get Eleven back this ain't no "smash and a grab" It's active, these cats pack weapons, they trained to kill This ain't no game it's real, time to take off the training wheels Thought we'd seen it all, but this is totally different I wouldn't get involved, but I ain't one for submission 'Cause when the Demogorgon had your boy down for the count It was you guys who lent a hand and got me out How could I not? Now we back, all in together Friends grow and change, but we stay loyal forever Through the strongest of weather, know we made some mistakes And when life hit hard like a scathe to the face We fight back, swinging hard, cracking the glass Ain't no other options, so we back to the lab, c'mon [Hook: Mega Ran] Some memories get pushed down deep And yet the find they way up to the top That's how the Demogorgon found me But he learned we ain't gon' never stop See my team is tight as a fist Better trust me we live as it gets They say we tougher than we look So please don't sleep on those Hellfire kids [Verse 2: Amerigo Gazaway] Yo, where’s El, have you seen her? I heard she got arrested on a misdemeanor They been working on something called "Project Nina" Got her floating on water like Aquafina Word on the street, she was taken ‘Back to the lab’ By Papa, and no that’s not her actual dad Jim Hopper was the closest thing that she had 'Til he went missing in the Starcourt aftermath But if he was here, It'd be more than game over Light em up like the Demogorgon with a flame thrower Meanwhile El still suffering from memory loss But she’s gotta to get her powers back, whatever the cost 'Cause she’s my superhero and she been from the start And I’m the glue that hold the crew together, this is "The Heart" Like Kendrick Lamar, y’all now I’m actually mad They stole my girl, yo we gotta go back to lab, c'mon Hook: Mega Ran] Some memories get pushed down deep And yet the find they way up to the top That's how the Demogorgon found me But he learned we ain't gon' never stop See my team is tight as a fist Better trust me we live as it gets They say we tougher than we look So please don't sleep on those Hellfire kids
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[Verse 1: Amerigo Gazaway] if I could make a deal with God So you could truly know what I feel inside If we could, take a moment just to steal some time I’d be running up the side of the building like Peter Parker on his way to save Uncle Ben Or Jane Hopper, trying to save one of her friends If I could go back in time and rewind events I’d swap places, just to bring you back again Having nightmares like I’m on an acid trip Or possessed by a demon to be accurate I know y’all probably think it’s crazy trying to laugh and shit But trust me, 'Stranger Things' have happened kid So when it feels like the world's turned upside down And they trying to put you six feet under the ground Sometimes all need is your favorite sound To break free from the chains that’s been weighing you down [Verse 2: Amerigo Gazaway] I’m so numb it don’t hurt no more I’d don’t even feel like I'm on planet Earth no more So many people busy working but they lack a sense of purpose I just hope you find exactly what your searching for Because no matter what they tell you, 'the world is yours' So don’t give up on them dreams that you're workin towards it’s time to break the curse and go straight the source So put your hands to the sky start making some noise And get live, like it’s your last day to be alive Cuz we about party like it’s 1989 Tomorrow isn’t promised ain't no time for modest Y’all we gotta fight 'cause that’s the only way to survive like Will Byers, don’t even front, it's 'Hellfire' Anybody else want some? C'mon try us You know I got your back no matter whatever happens Just like when used we use to play 'Dungeons & Dragons', yo [Verse 3: Amerigo Gazaway] Sometimes it feels like I’m trapped in a cage Or like we’re all just lab rats trapped In a maze I used to listen to my favorite rappers back in the day Thinking to myself that could be me someday 'Cause good music is the only thing that keeps me sane It can change how you feel or just heal the pain It can trigger lost memories and heal the brain It’s a universal language, if you feel the same Then turn the volume up to Eleven or more Until your nose starts bleeding are ready for more? Its time to find the Demogorgon and destroy him, leave his Head on the floor, so If you're scared then just head for the door It’s no problem, Whatever it is we gon' solve it We gotta do whatever it takes to save Hawkins These mouth-breathers talking with no relevant thesis When I hear the beat it’s sorta like telekinesis Still dreamin', If I could make a deal with Jesus I'd try to swap places and get rid of these demons, yo [Verse 4: Amerigo Gazaway] Until the very end of time, 'friends don’t lie' And Goonies never die, they just multiply you see there is no try, that just won’t suffice We got 'em shook like they just saw a 'Poltergeist' And no matter happens, I’ll be right by your side Because worlds gone mad, gotta fight to survive It no problem, we got this, just gotta stay cautious But sometimes I wonder, are we superheroes or monsters? yo
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[Hook: Mega Ran] No pressure, you ain’t special Oh, he gon getcha, try to let go, he won’t let ya Yeah, Everybody got a Vecna Everybody got a Vecna Everybody got a Vecna Everybody got a Vecna [Verse 1: Mega Ran] They said I was gifted when I was baby Then said I was crazy when I hit the 80s I knew they was lying, cause then in 90s My run was simply amazing I guess I fit a description Of one would skip his detention One with no chance for redemption They fell in line I was the exemption Something must be outta whack, Doctors says gotta be ADHD Try some Adderall or some Ritalin but all that ever does is make me Lethargic I’m sleeping in class Teachers assignments ain't keeping my grasp And for no reason I’m sad Recurring nightmares, that I can’t seem to get past Self doubt so crippling I scream out no one’s listening Feel my heart rate quickening While my will to fight keeps dwindling He tells me I’ll never be good enough He ain’t unbeatable but dude is tough Try to tune em out, kill the lights in the studio And turn the music up [Hook: Mega Ran] No pressure, you ain’t special Oh, he gon getcha, try to let go, he won’t let ya Yeah, Everybody got a Vecna Everybody got a Vecna (x4) Everybody got a Vecna Everybody got a Vecna [Verse 2: Amerigo Gazaway] Sometimes, when life trying to test ya Like Vecna, and they all trying to best ya When you in a dark place and gotta start facing Those fears and those doubts when they fester When your up against the wall and the pressure Gets too much for you to handle and then some Or when you feel like your alone in the world and there’s No one around to help you out just remember We got you're back your back 'til the very end Some people try to act like they’re your friends But yo, friends don’t lie, I’ll tell you straight to your face That the the answer it lies somewhere within It’s on you , so tell me what you gon' do? The world’s full of demons, yup it’s all true Real-life monsters too, and if you need proof All you have to do is turn on the news That’s why we gotta stand tall in the face of danger Seems like every day things get stranger When the ghostbusters ain’t picking up well then Who you gonna call, Jim Hopper, “Hawkins Ranger” So listen up y’all here’s a little disclaimer You gotta let go of that hate and anger Cuz if you don’t you could end up getting stuck In the upside down with nobody to save ya [Hook: Mega Ran] No pressure, you ain’t special Oh, he gon getcha, try to let go, he won’t let ya Yeah, Everybody got a Vecna Everybody got a Vecna (x4) Everybody got a Vecna Everybody got a Vecna
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[Verse 1: Mega Ran] Now they saying that I changed Only thing is the address And My position on the marquee But really what do you expect Been working hard for respect Its never been about the checks And Its never been about the flex I got now not next In the 80s it was fresh The 90s it was def Roomed filled with posters And Maxell cassettes Now it’s all the way up Now I’m all they discuss You got its upside down re adjust Listen Goin viral ain’t as dope as you think Just as fast as you rise that’s just how quickly you sink Keep pushin something like the little engine that could Call the crib same number same hood [Hook: Mega Ran] Now they say i'm FAR OUT Past Venus and mars Was tryna even the odds And Now im seeing the stars And they they say I’m FAR OUT They see a little success They like you made it I guess I aint lucky I’m blessed Now they say I’m FAR OUT [Verse2: Ray Wimley] Man, what would life even be like in 20 years the things we value, the most important, would they exist? would the Spotify Awards be big as the Grammys is? would we still be at war fighting over religion then? would black and whites have the same rights, does it ever end how does new abortion laws affect how we gon' have kids robots driving our cars, humans stepping on mars and people claim to be trans-racial that take it too far metaverse concerts, cyborgs and ladies first a million fans could attend, talk about a day at work NFTs would be a thing, don't have to worry about your merch you can take your lady with you, she ain't worried about her purse old school hip-hop would be Cole, Kendrick and Drake Nipsey Wale and Ye, mumble rap would have a say it would even be an artist from that era pave the way for the new breed of MCs shining in future days I just think about the shift in our culture, a roller coaster of emotions that we go through, as we grow older the cycles of life we live in all seem to show us that we value different things from the generation before us [Hook: Mega Ran] Now they say i'm FAR OUT Past Venus and mars Was tryna even the odds And Now im seeing the stars And they they say I’m FAR OUT They see a little success They like you made it I guess I aint lucky I’m blessed Now they say I’m FAR OUT [Verse 3: Amerigo Gazaway]: It’s wild, how things have changed since in been in the game People thinkin I’m paid just ‘cause a lil “internet fame” And I’m grateful for everything, but all that glitters ain’t gold Yeah I got fans but will they be still be here when I get old? Will folks still listen to music or will they skim thru it ? Will they still go outside or just live inside a computer? They say, all of these smartphones are making us stupid But I’ll tell you what is was like before ’cause I lived thru it Before the internet, the touchscreens and mobile devices We were living in the moment, and each moment was priceless I remember riding bikes just to go to the store And can’t forget when I got my first N64 It’s far out, feel like I’m living in the upside down, I’ve made my living just from digging for that one fly sound They used to ask me what I do, and just think it’s a sham Now they all trying trying be down because they think I’m the man Couldn’t do it without support from my peeps and my fam Gotta filter through all the noise, stay deleting my spam And damn, seems like everybody wants to be on cam But don’t believe the hype, or everything you see on the gram It’s far out
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[Verse 1: Amerigo Gazaway] Forgive me for being so distant But I’ve had a lot on my mind I’m on the grind, I’ve been hemmed up more than a couple of times Never say die, never played by all of the rules they prescribe And I’m gonna make sure that I’m always doing whatever it takes to SURVIVE Never could I compromise, I’m living by The beat of my own drum inside Truth can be stranger than fiction but listen Sometimes it can leave your heart broken inside Open your eyes, you will see why We’re no so different see we are the same Except for one thing, I am immune to the one they call Vecna infecting my brain (Eleven POV) Nothing but lies, Troubling times Caught in between confusion and pain How could ever I trust someone when all of the promises That we had made were in vain I’d make a deal with the lord if it meant that I could break from these chains We were once side by side but now we’re divided it’s time that we go separate ways [Verse 2] I am the one, the monster that’s hiding inside of your dreams I am the Alpha, Omega and everything in-between I will consume everything in my path and bring them to theIr knees And when clock strikes times in a row That’s how you know that it’s me See I used think I that was the same and sorta like everyone ruse But then I discovered my powers and once I did couldn’t help myself I always knew deep down I was different and better than all of the rest But when Dr Brenner saw what I could do he was much more than impressed Yes I must confess, You maybe stronger than others But am the best, I am possessed I am a demon who prays upon a those who are weak and depressed May I suggest, that you stop runnnn iFrom all those memories that you repressed? 'Cause if you don't face the truth sooner or later Then you and your friends could could be next And you, can try to convince me against it but they some people never change Isn’t it strange? This ain’t no dungeons and dragons I hope you don’t you think it’s a game I’d make a deal with the devil if it meant that I could break free from these chains See we once side by side but think It’s time time we go seperate wa
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[Verse 1: Amerigo Gazaway] It feels like I got superpowers, Spent 225 thousand hours On the couch watching television back when I was Just a younger version of myself and at the time I guess I didn’t really realize what we had It’s funny how time flies and we grow up so fast But sometimes I still feel like I’m stuck in the past To be honest, I just wanna make something that lasts Like my favorite shows, comics and 80’s movies I’m talking E. T., Aliens, The Thing and Goonies Can’t forget The Explorers and The Neverending Story You can bet, I’ma still be watching 'em when I’m 40 Can't knock kids for coming up on Stranger Things 'Cause back in the day I was doing the same things Found my love for making music through my favorite games Discovered hip-hop, and that was my saving grace The rest is history, can't tell you what that meant to me Feels like it was all a dream or just meant to be Or like I'm being shown things i was meant to see Like Chrono Trigger when referring to "The Entity" You see, 1985 arrived, 36 years damn i'm grateful I survived So tell Vecna we ain't stopping 'til 3025 And if you need me you can hit me my walkie anytime, yo [Hook: Glennellen Anderson] It kinda feel like home After all these hours Not just a memory Locked up in my mind And I set that tone And I gave it power So it don’t fade away Lost again to time [Verse 2: Mega Ran] Yeah, shout it up to the heavens Strange things happen when the music's up to eleven Never seen without the walkman I got as a present Who would think someone would call me a legend? It was all a dream, I used to read EGM Magazine Writing down codes, memorizing game strategies At the bookstore while while my mom was at Bloomingdales Meanwhile rent was due, we was fighting tooth and nail Eating canned goods and barely keepin the lights on But she always sent me to school with fresh Nike’s on They say that Nostalgia’s a hell of a drug Every toy we loved then, we cop replicas of For triple the price, call it a ridiculous vice Wish I woulda took my own advice.. Keep em near mint in boxes, wrapped up and put em on ice, Radio Raheem, with 20 D’s in the device, Do the right thing, like Batman in ‘89 Such a moment , grab ya ticket and wait in line, such a crazy time, with so much inspiration Truthfully the reason for my current occupation Can it all be so simple, how words over instrumentals Could put me up in a rental Traveling the country with boxes of merch Actors and pro-wrestlers giving props on a verse References in my couplets I’d never say em in public Never did it for funding, i did it because i loved it And it wasn’t overnight, bro, everything takes time I know imma get mine cause i never say die, come on [Hook: Glennellen Anderson] It kinda feel like home After all these hours Not just a memory Locked up in my mind And I set that tone And I gave it power So it don’t fade away Lost again to time [Verse 3: Dillon] Back in ‘83 I simply slid into place Now I’m with my buddies while we dig in the crates At age 7 I was dressing in a trench coat Watching cartoons while Pops making some French toast I told him I was stepping out to fight crime And save any damsel in distress that I might find Had my Skeletor Sword (nerf gun?) ready to induce pain I told everyone at my school my name was Bruce Wayne Grab the loose change from the couch and we out Hit the comic book shop you know what it’s all about At the least it was a pack of Masterpieces and the new issue of Wizard magazine so I could track increases In the price - I always been about my biz At the bus stop, sellin candy to the other kids Before I ever tried to hit the club with my dogs I was slammin’, I mean I was the plug with the pogs I was first on the scene with the Gen 13 Rockin Mossimo, - Stussy - gotta keep the shirts clean (nahmean) Every morning it’s sportscenter With Stuart Scott Combing thru the East Bay catalog for the newest drop I kicked my first bars at the arcade Playin Marvel vs Capcom you can catch a fade And I’ve stayed true to the craft ever since Imma leave a vast catalog as the evidence [Hook: Glennellen Anderson] It kinda feel like home After all these hours Not just a memory Locked up in my mind And I set that tone And I gave it power So it don’t fade away Lost again to time
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I remember walking to the route cross the blacktop Round the time I trimmed the fro and got the flat top Walkman in hand no hot wheels and match box They moved crack rocks, nines in the stash box Catching the bus to high school in the fall Nerds playing the shadows bullies ruling the halls Now I’m caught in the middle and find myself Upside down, tryna make sense of it all Stayed in trouble even the principal called Telling moms that I got the Potential to ball But I’m sitting on the bench, tryna do what I can Only thing that truly mattered; seeing you in the stands But you been distant, living like a ghost in the shell, We were once close I can tell, my hope is you’re well, I don’t need a letter I’m right here So stay close And know we’ll prevail, you feel me? [Hook] [Verse 2: Mega Ran] It’s like I got a split personality, so I keep my thoughts on the shelf Wishing I could be all of myself, Wanna be there for you cause we all need some help, And someone to call if we fail, I’m better at giving advice than taking it Better at living it than relaying it The slow-mo cameras keep replaying it making it, burn like the fire we weren't supposed to playing with I failed constantly until I found a Better Plan No rush, like the first and second Mega Man But by the 3rd, I was left on the curb, no reserve, Told myself that I deserve a second chance. Act 4: watch the the plot thicken It don’t stop like grandfather clocks tickin’ If you need me to stay I will I’ll be there arm in arm running up that hill For real

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Inspired by the events of the record-breaking 4th season of "Stranger Things (no spoilers)," RandomBeats & Soul Mates present Mega Ran & Amerigo Gazaway's "Strangers: Back to The Lab", a follow up to Ran's 2017 "Strangers" EP.

Featuring production from DJ DN³, Lost Perception, K-Murdock and special guest appearances from Dillon, Ray Wimley and Glennellen Anderson ("Stranger Things" S1), Mega Ran and Gazaway join forces to save the world itself from the evils of 'The Upside Down'. Roll for initiative! Pay what you want, even $0.

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released July 25, 2022

Written & performed by Mega Ran & Amerigo Gazaway
Produced by Amerigo Gazaway, Lost Perception, DJ DN³ & K-Murdock:

Mega Ran:
megaran.com

Amerigo Gazaway:
amerigomusic.com

Special Guest Lyricists & Performances by:

Glennellen Anderson ("The Dive")
www.glennellenanderson.com

McGwire ("The Dive")
www.youtube.com/c/McGwireMusic

Dillon ("The Dive")
www.dillonmaurer.net

Ray Wimley (The Upside Down)
soundcloud.com/ray_wimley


Production by:

Amerigo Gazaway
amerigomusic.com

DJ DN³
djdn3.com

K-Murdock
neosonix.bandcamp.com

Lost Perception
lostperceptionmusic.com


Scratches and cuts by Amerigo Gazaway & Dillon

Artwork by Amerigo Gazaway & Eric Medina of NERDS Clothing


Mixed & mastered by:

ThisisART
thisisartmusic.com

Felix Don Gato:
linktr.ee/bagoftrickscat


RandomBeats Music
Soul Mates Records
2022

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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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