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The Upside Down (feat. Ray Wimley) [prod. by Lost Perception]

from STRANGERS: Back To The Lab by Mega Ran & Amerigo Gazaway

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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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[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

[Hook: Mega Ran]

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

credits

from STRANGERS: Back To The Lab, released July 25, 2022
Written & performed by Mega Ran, Ray Wimley & Amerigo Gazaway. Produced by Lost Perception. Recorded by Felix Don Gato at HKS Studios, Phoenix AZ. Mixed & mastered by ThisisART

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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.”

— 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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