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Same As It Ever Was (w​/​piano by Michiru Yamane)

from RNDM by Mega Ran

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The introduction.


Northwest Philadelphia born and raised

but the transient spirit wouldn’t allow me to stay

still have dreams that I can return one day

with a Grammy and a full ticker tape parade

with blue streamers, and wise words for the dreamers

who heard us making plans and chose to believe us

feel like Ryu at the ending of Street Fighter 2

keep it pushing, cause i did the best that I could do

all you can, for the movement

but the further you get it’s just more confusing.

Feel like we had it on lock back in 06,

now the old dogs stilll expect the old tricks

music’s the only thing you can’t grow with

I think about where I’ll be when I pass away

a solo act like Tom Hanks in cast away

Hemmingway, meets Hardaway and Hathaway

throw the past away, and wake up and smash the day

shift my speed into hyper

trying to hit the target i hold my breath and squeeze like a sniper

we finally made it, i got me a spot on Billboard

checked my Bank account yesterday, still poor

they say you got the life most rappers would kill for

working 16 hour days and yet I’m still bored

I put a rock on my lady hand

200 days after I told Kyle he was a crazy man

but when I got that feeling I started making plans

I’ll probably never ever forget how that day began

hand shaking right now even thinking bout it

but when you know you know it, you aint gotta think about it

they stream the shows now so the venues ain’t as crowded

but we’re thinkers, we just gotta find a way around it

but how’s an artist supposed to pull rent

when Spotify can’t even give him a full cent

now i point the mic at the fans and they know the songs

a beautiful feeling i fought for, for so long

now my name gets bigger on the party fliers

which means i get to play when everybody’s tired

another year, new steps, new promenade

rest assured that it’s honest as long as I’m involved

so here I am, still doing my thang thang,

same as it ever was, its just a name change


from RNDM, released October 11, 2015
Piano by Michiru Yamane
chiptune arrangement by Rana05.
Recorded by Brian Gigerich at HKS Studios, Glendale, AZ.
Mixed by Matthew Weiss.


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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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