Mega Ran (formerly known as Random) is a rapper, producer and engineer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a former middle school teacher, Mega Ran transformed his education background into a stellar career in the underground hip-hop scene. His music combines hard-hitting beats and thought-provoking lyrics with video game aesthetics, which can be heard in critically-acclaimed albums such as 2007's Mega Ran and 2011's Black Materia, which is a tribute to the icon 1997 role-playing game Final Fantasy VII.
With his new album, Extra Credit, Mega Ran further branches out from the "nerdcore" leanings of his earlier releases. Instead, the LP picks up where 2015's RNDM left off, focusing on more personal, confessional lyrics. In this episode, Mega Ran speaks with host Adrian King about the inspiration behind Extra Credit as well provide commentary on the continuing rise of "Blerd" culture and using his educational background to teach a new school of aspiring emcees.
Extra Credit is available now via Bandcamp.