With a nickname like “TeacherRapperHero,” the only logical progression for Random, aka Mega Ran (Raheem Jarbo) after music and gaming would comic books, and now that will become a reality.
Random’s imprint, RandomBeats Music, will join forces with us at J1 Studios to offer a new original comic series called “Mega Ran: Random Lyricism” that will be loosely based on Jarbo’s life as a musician and educator, with a twist of fantasy.
“It’s like Mega Man and Street Fighter meets Dangerous Minds, meets 8 Mile,” Random says. “The lead character must weave through twists and turns while juggling jobs, family an music…It’ll play out a lot like many of the great comics and video games I’ve enjoyed throughout my life.”
Random made a splash in 2007 when he first got the idea to combine hip-hop with remixes of tunes from the classic Mega Man video game series for an album called “Mega Ran.” The album was successful and to everyone’s surprise, led to Random receiving an official license from international game developer CAPCOM. The partnership has led to appearances at Comic Con and other CAPCOM events over the years.
In the comic, Mega Ran will join the “Language Arts Tournament,” where the fiercest rhymers battle it out for supremacy. The comic series will lead into Random’s next solo album, entitled “Mega Ran in Language Arts” which will be loosely based on the comic and features K-Murdock, DN3 and EOM on production and vocal support by voice actor Kyle Hebert, and Hip-Hop artists Punchline, Wordsworth, Chaundon and many more.
This year is gonna be extremely busy.. but in a good way.
oh yeah, more good news.. Checked my mail today and found 5 IMPORT, Japan-Only version of Forever Famicom...very rare. If you'd like one e-mail email@example.com but hurry because it's likely that they'll be long gone. I don't know if I can rely on the label to send me any more, so make it quick.
Oh and for those that asked, my New Year's was great... I spent an extra day in Philly, unexpected.. but I wasn't mad.
And lastly, I think I goofed up last week when I sent you guys Valley of Doom so peep this: http://www.OHHLA.com/Random and you'll find the song, the video, the lyrics, and the commentary by myself and DN3. all for the low price of FREE.
2011 show dates are coming together as well... Keep sending me your venue suggestions! including comic conventions in your area...whatever! I'm stoked, particularly a SUPER show coming up next month in LA with BUSDRIVER during NBA All Star Weekend. You GOTTA make it out there for that one, kid.
2011 is here ... and here is the first song in a series entitled Chicago Hip Hop History by Chicago artist VISUAL, produced by VonGrim & sponsored by Community Service, Fakeshoredrive & Ynotmydream.
This will be a series of songs from the perspective of the artist. From growing up around Chicago legends like the Molemen, Vakill, Rhymefest, Cap D & Juice to MC battles, concerts, and other experiences.
In typical fashion, Bekay addresses the highlights and lowlights of another year gone by. To close out the decade, the Brooklyn MC spits over J. Cole's "Who Dat" instrumental, making this his 7th consecutive year in review…and quite possibly his best!
Finga Bandit is a west coast emcee on the rise who just dropped his "Dustin' 4 Fingaprints" album on iTunes featuring Kurupt, Knoc-turn'al, Kam, Kokane and more.
Finga Bandit's "Dustin 4 Fingaprints" album is available on iTunes now. Here goes the first leaked single, "Cali Push" featuring west coast legends Kurupt & Kam. The track is produced by Rich The Ripper and the entire album also features Knoc-turn'al, Kokane and others. The album can be purchased on iTunes now.