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Live '95 (Basketball Diaries)

from Live '95 by Mega Ran

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Hoops. Raps.

lyrics

My hero wore a blowout on the cover of Slam
Not even 6 foot tall yet he feared no man
Took a hobby and perfected it; used it to feed his fam
Got dragged through the mud so players today could stand
Ever since the night mike switched hands on the Lakers
We been on the move like bank robbers that’s pulling capers
Before I was staying up late grading papers
Momma said to cut the noise so I ain’t wake Up the neighbors, yeah
I remember it all,
Summer 95, 3 years after the Sixers had traded Charles
We would pray to the Gods for some favor to fall
Maybe alter the direction of that lottery ball
On Point, feeding off these emotions
Heart rate thumping and bumping just like Barkley and Moses
I’m David Stern when I'm approaching the podium,
A silence falls over the crowd at the moment they notice him
I’m from where they hold toast,
And argue all day about who’s the goat
MJ Bron or Kob’
But we rebuild, a process, new beginning
Been a Couple struggle seasons, but now my dudes is winning
Gotta power forward, but my Guards in the center
A stand up dude, that take a charge like defenders
Hooping at the park till the street lights flicker,
Timed the route to make it home so I could eat my dinner
mama celeste pizza for one, microwaveable
Couldn’t touch the stove, though I was probably capable
We ain’t have money for skates, rackets or pads,
But a basketball was only 20 dollars on the ave
We would split it -No hoop no net, no problem,
we grab an empty milk crate and hammer out the bottom,
Stock life, nobody in my neighborhood was balling
Best friends prolly a game boy and that Spalding
Scuffed up knees from glass on the court
But we’d still rock religiously for the love of the sport
Copping instrumental tape from the African stand
Nothing to gain but we were so passionate man
It Infiltrated the hood like - liquor on closed campuses
Bouncing basketballs off my living room oak paneling
Life happens, just handle it, no panicking
5 kids just two beds, that’s load management
Struggling to make it like high pressure free throws
Couldn’t ask a soul for assistance, man that’s the ego
My upbringing was gun slinging, intense living
Only cat in Philly that didn’t shoot was Ben Simmons
If you know what's up, you know I never sold a drug
But Do I know the plug?
I give that Jordan shoulder shrug,
It’s me
Ex sinner, Guinness award winner,
Balling repeatedly, highlights on sports center
What's up

credits

from Live '95, releases October 22, 2021
Produced by DJ DN³ for One Beagle Productions,
Originally Conceptualized by Yon L.I.
Additional Vocals by Tim Kitzrow and Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues
Horns by Danny Flam for NY Brass
Mixed by Matt Weiss for Weiss Sound
Recorded at HKS Studios, Phoenix, AZ

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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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