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Bartleby, the Scrivener (feat. Jaret Reddick, Kelly Ogden & Stacked Like Pancakes)

from The Dewey Decibel System by MC Lars and Mega Ran

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INTRO: Bartleby! Herman Melville! What a winning combo. Chyeah!


One day I placed an ad for a systems engineer
He showed up in a Toasters shirt, with AirPods in his ears
He was fluent in Java, Python, PHP,
I told him he was hired, his name Bartleby
His workflow was incredible, 10 sessions on his screen
Fingers flying I was crying ‘cause I’d built the perfect team
Only wish I’d met him earlier, it’s really not that funny
How an office space in Sunnyvale can burn that VC
I said Bartleby, will you do this simple task?
Update your iOS and see if it will run our app? And he said!


No! I'd prefer not to.
No! I'd prefer not to.
No! I'd prefer not to.
No! I'd prefer not to.

VERSE 2: (Mega Ran)

In the morning Mr. Turkey’s steady coding like a pro
Pumping data, without failure, but starts to slow down later
And Nipper’s got a tummy ache from last night’s dinner
And starts to get distracted, won’t put down the fidget spinner
So questions arising over cryptic algorithms
To solve the dispute, they seek Bartleby’s opinion
We’re setting up ecommerce please input the database
But the office astonished when they heard Bartleby say…


No! I'd prefer not to.
No! I'd prefer not to.
No! I'd prefer not to.
No! I'd prefer not to.

LARS: Hey Turkey! I know you're named after a flightless bird, but I heard you've been working on your scales.

(Trombone solo)

Can someone please explain why...


LARS: Bartleby won’t leave his office, staring at the brick wall
Twenty-seven empty Red Bulls on his desk, but that’s not all

MEGA RAN: If he doesn’t leave, we’ll probably have to relocate
He just won’t obey, so he’s got no case

LARS: So the cops took him to prison,
and San Quentin's where he sat
In a cell in San Rafael, I guess he should of ran that app

MEGA RAN: A scuffle breaks out in the yard,
Guards telling him you got to
Return to your cell — but he preferred not to


No! I'd prefer not to.
No! I'd prefer not to.
No! I'd prefer not to.
No! I'd prefer not to.


from The Dewey Decibel System, released June 7, 2019
Produced by Eric Taft (
Vocal production by Theosyn (
Mixed by David Trumfio (
Mastered by Rich Matthew (
Arranged by Stacked Like Pancakes, MC Lars, Theosyn and Mega Ran
Additional vocals by Kelly Ogden ( and Jaret Reddick (


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Mega Ran Phoenix, Arizona

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

— LA Weekly

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