Here is the Mega Ran interview.
1. We’re delighted on the news you’ll be coming back to the UK next month for a new tour. How did this come about and who are you bringing along this time?
Thanks man, I always have a blast out there. I look forward to travelling around England and Scotland without hopefully getting lost this time, haha. I learn a little more about the cities and cultures each time out there, so I’m eager to learn more. I’ll be with my longtime partner K-Murdock who will be providing the sounds all night, and Richie Branson, plus Eric Medina of NERDS Clothing, who makes some amazing fashions for the WWE and many more brands.
2. March was the anniversary of the Notorious B.I.G’s death. You released a tribute project titled “Notorious R.A.N“. What was the idea behind this project? And what were your feelings during the creation of the music, and the feedback from the fans?
I wanted to make a record that ’97 B.I.G. could hear and enjoy..something fun and tasteful as well as up to date. Biggie is one of my favourite rappers ever, so I wanted to make him proud as well as bring my own flavor to the table, the feedback was overwhelmingly awesome, from fans as well as critics.
3. You also went to Wrestlemania and of course documented the whole experience on Social Media. It looked like one of the biggest events to date. How was the experience in Orlando and what did you think to the event itself?
Wrestlemania is always a great time, this was my 3rd straight ‘Mania attended and I really think it was the best one for me. I did so much, from playing shows with guys I’ve looked up to like Thirstin Howl The 3rd and Smoke DZA, to getting backstage and meeting some of my favourite people, it was an unreal experience. So great to become a kid again and be able to make new memories with so many people I’ve looked up to for years. As far as the show, I feel like it was a little too big for it’s britches, so the actual wrestling quality may have suffered for the showmanship, but looking beyond that, I was thoroughly entertained and you can’t ask for much more than that.
4. You mentioned earlier that Richie Branson will be joining you on the tour. For fans who don’t know, Richie is a cancer survivor which must be a huge inspiration to everyone. How did you meet with him? And like the project you did with MC Lars, can we expect a full collaborative project from you both?
Richie and I met online, like so many of my friends in the last few years. Richie was aspiring to make waves in the nerd rap community, and sent me an email telling me he had looked up to what I was doing, and even sent me a few beats to rock with. We made two of my favourite songs ever,
“Language Arts (First Day Of School)“
and the chemistry was there. Since then we’ve made 3 Halloween themed EP’s, “Ghouls N Ghosts,” and have done countless tours together. I’ve seen his career and personal life make HUGE strides in the past few years and I couldn’t be more proud to call him a peer and a friend. Richie and I will definitely continue to make music together!
5. K-Murdock has also been busy. Having a second child while still putting out great music like Hero Muzik Vol.2. Can we expect more music from the two of you in the near future?
K is a hard worker, so the way he has balanced being a husband, father and teacher while being a top-notch producer and engineer is absolutely inspirational to me. Seeing him do it let me know it could be done. We try to make a new jam at least once every few months for Patreon, those tracks can be found at bitsandrhymes.com.
6. What are your thoughts on Final Fantasy 15? And are there any other games you’re playing / new albums you’re listening to at the moment?
I really loved FF15. I hadn’t played a game in the series since 10, and it’s undoubtedly worth the hype. So fun and it delivers on so many levels. But I can’t stop playing Zelda: Breath Of The Wild on Switch. It’s the best game of the year and probably, dare I say it: one of the best games EVER. Like, it’s just…perfect. There’s nothing you can do to make this game more beautiful or more enjoyable, it’s just so perfect. Album-wise I can’t stop playing Bruno Mars’ new record. So catchy.
7. We’ve seen your features on WWE and UpDownUpDown. How important is it for you to be endorsed by brands and organisations that don’t primarily promote music.
That’s cool. I have kind of a secret mission statement and that’s to be the only rapper in the room as much as possible. Just because I want to learn as much as I can before I leave this earth.. it’s a thirst I have, like Blade, haha. Being in a room, or in this case, a virtual space with people whose walks that are different from my own will give me so much more perspective… because it can close you off to the world if you’re only around people who do what you do how you do it…and that would be boring.
8. We are premiering the video for “Gotta Story”. What was the inspiration behind this video?
“Gotta Story” is all about the day that changed everything… the day that Donald J Trump won the presidential election, and the ripples and shockwaves that it sent to my life personally. I do it using the track and inspiration from Biggies “Got A Story To Tell,” in which he talks about an unbelievable story of…well, let’s just say, conquest.
9. Anything to add to the end of the interview?
Yeah! Again, we’re doing 2 tracks per month for Patreon, and I do a bi-weekly wrestling podcast, “Mat Mania” which is on itunes and at megaran.com/podcast. Catch those to stay updated!
We hope you enjoyed our Mega Ran Interview. You can watch the video for “Got a Story to Tell” on the YouTube player below.