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Extra Credit

by Mega Ran

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z_i_l_l_a After seeing the man perform live once, I was a fan. Humble, honest, damn good tunes you'll be quoting time and time again. Another solid addition to an already impressive catalog of work. Big ups to Mega Ran, from 8-bit to 808s!!! Favorite track: Airplane Mode (on the go) [prod. by Charlie Mumbles].
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Aaron "ProtoBusterSwrd" Rodriguez Although I don't usually do Extra Credit, this Extra Credit is one I don't mind doing. Another solid album from our fave TeacherRapperHero. Keep on rappin', Ran!

-Proto Favorite track: Defenders (Thaahum feat. Mega Ran, Mr. Miranda and M.P.R.E.S.S) [prod by DJ Big Serg].
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shaunnorthover smoothing to listen to just my fav really good album Favorite track: Mockingbird (feat. Jermiside) [prod. by RandomBeats and Middle East Modern).
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daltron69 I love it. Can't wait to see you live again for the third time. Keep releasing great music dude.
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humanature Finally rap music I don't have to censor around my children. Favorite track: Bliss of Solitude (featuring Homeboy Sandman) [prod. by Wann Sklobi].
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Come on y'all let's all get down Lift your feet up off the ground Wave your hands a make a sound (4x) It starts off as just the beat I take those kicks snares and those high hats And take flight, stage fright? Everyday of my life I feel my heart beat.. Busting out of my chest, As I pray that I do my best, Get that key unlocking my quest when the lights are down and the stage is set, I prove my worth you know I paid my debts Outworked em all became a major threat, and now they all pay respect Didn't dream about beingthe man Never even thought that I would be in demand High school they wouldn't let me in the band Something bout Believing ya can That'll put that swagger in ya walk, That gleam up inside your eye That wind beneath your wings, That vision in the sky, All it took was a beat, then a tape then a pad and a pen, The streets and the breaks and the nag from within The heat and the strain tryna mask it with grins, The innate desire to win, this is the journey Come on y'all let's all get down Lift your feet up off the ground Wave your hands a make a sound (4x) I put my life on the lines When I be writing these rhymes It's like I'm out of my mind And the designs so divine Cause i don't know where it's from Don't know what I have become The rose that grows in the slums, That made it over the hump, And I ain't finished yet- Found a couple of greys tried to brush em away, but those suckers have stayed, it's OK, cuz I'm proud of my age. I saw more fuss about extinct rhinos, Then the when the police shot down my bro, We all swimming in denial Cause you know, And I know That ain't nothing handed, I could easily be cuffed and bandaged But my people are famished and damaged And I don't take none of this stuff for granted cause when the lights are down and the stage is set, I prove my worth you know I paid my debts Outworked em all became a major threat, and now they all pay respect Ain't no time for Kidding around You can Get on stage or sit in the crowd this is OJT try to Figure it out But everyone's listening now - this is my journey Come on y'all let's all get down Lift your feet up off the ground Wave your hands a make a sound (4x)
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I've had to re-arrange some things- girl Cuz it just ain't the same, no way I've had to re-arrange some things- girl An you just in the way--- (beat change) 35 with a broken shower head, I want a roomba and a freshly cut flower bed, Left the scuffle with my mouth bleeding, But I got a few hits in so I'd say we about even, This is my house I'm not leaving said this time is the last time so time to do some house cleaning Couldn't call the cops, cuz I was in the wrong Tryna force opposites together who don't even get a long, Thought the energy was strong but It might have been harming me Joined the black sect, just in need of some harmony Feels good doing what you were destined to do, Only less than a few will truly wish blessing for you, When it's good everybody will claim they're down But when it's bad all the homies just ain't around Gotta play interior decorator, Clean house, hurt feelings they'll respect you later Told you it was gonna change some day, some day Guess what this is -- that day, Feng shui and I Told you it was gonna change some day, some day Guess what this is -- that day, Feng shui, goodbye Spent the better part of 2 years touring and making records, Seen the whole game from a bunch of different perspectives WYes my dispute are domestic, They occur in the US, that's a stupid question Here's how it happens, I just got paid Slipped it under the matress, where it was found by a maid I'm on the run from the two most dangerous gangsters, You might know them, they're Uncle Sam and Sallie Mae We got the strangest love, One minute in yellin like an Angry thug, No Richard Sherman, But your actions just get me burning, Then we fight until I'm wearin an eyepatch like Major Bludd Now they neighbors stare like broken escalators, No money no problems, so I guess ya made it Time to play interior decorator Peace and blessings to ya hope I don't catch you later Told you it was gonna change some day, some day Guess what this is -- that day, Feng shui and I Told you it was gonna change some day, some day Guess what this is -- that day, Feng shui, goodbye
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..uh.... If you can't reach me I apologize I didn't ignore you I was in the skies In disguise man you know I got a big surprise Ask me why, Because I'm tryna build an Enterprise Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!) Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!) Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!) Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!) "I'll go" weeks without speaking to my homeboys or my mother No disrespect is intended but we got jewels to uncover Sleep walking im Tyler Durden, destination to be determined gotta quench this fire that's burning - I'm outta here Like a home run to centerfield Better kneel Why you don'tplayinlocally? I found a better deal Why you don't be coming through Cause you got too comfortable Stay away awhile and find out who really got love for you Rappers on that Christopher Columbus taking credit and it's funny, let them tell it, they apparently discovered you That's news to me, and that's usually- My cue to be- ghost, like the major in a white washed flick, Ra sick, quarantined in the lab, writing better jams Rap game Peter Pan, get so fly that I never land I'm on the tarmac listening to ya hard raps Charlie bass hit me like I'm sitting in a car crash ..uh.... If you can't reach me I apologize I didn't ignore you I was in the skies In disguise man you know I got a big surprise Ask me why, Because I'm tryna build an Enterprise Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!) Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!) Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!) Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!) Thank you for your patience I ain't mean to keep you waitin But if you needed a favor sir That train has left the station At this time ) make sure your tray tables and seat backs are adjusted and if you have a request involving money let's discuss it Not in public tho..). keep it concealed like the oxygen - masks that be dropping like my tapes do every autumn and- Place it firmly on your nose and mouth and although you don't see these dudes expanding, believe me yo, plenty air is going out. But Fact is forever in fashion Stay securely fastened in case of turbulent action While these rappers be yappin we Make it happen And at this time you are now free to move around the cabin ..uh.... If you can't reach me I apologize I didn't ignore you I was in the skies In disguise man you know I got a big surprise Ask me why, Because I'm tryna build an Enterprise Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!) Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!) Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!) Airplane Mode on the go (on the go!)
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Chorus I'm old enough that I know better, young enough to do it anyway I'm old enough that I know better, young enough to do it anyway I'm old enough that I know better, young enough to do it anyway Young enough to do it anyway... Young enough to do it anyway... 2x Mega Ran A yo. Life is hard like Dark Souls I heard stress is just part and parcel devils scan you like barcodes just to gas you up like Arco I spent 3 Grand on advertising and that ain't work; isn't that surprising would-be customers passing by it sorry 'bout that, man that's the climate Just my luck; that should be my catchphrase got no healthcare, I need my extras I float to Texas, no connections they lose my luggage, it's right on the jetway I'm learning as I go along I know I'm doing it wrong probably silly but what doesn't kill me can most likely go in a song looking in mirrors like checking the news everyday something that gives me the blues I'm good on the club you're expected to schmooze buy all the booze and eventually lose I go to Subway and hold up the line... well I didn't mean to but really I just wanted cookies the entire time... and they don't make it easy I know they can see me I'ma make it cheeky nothing is promised; so when I'm not rapping I'm napping and I'm not afraid of death: I just don't wanna be there when it happens. CHORUS 2X Ceschi Probably shouldn't have another glass. Probably shouldnt stare at her.... Probably shouldn't punch a cop in the face. Probably shouldn't.... But I did it anyway. Thank heavens for the mistakes. May not get to Heaven, but strong bones grow from tough breaks. That's ok. If i never get handcuffed or maced again thatd be great. Always struggling to grow up. Never made to the gym to tone up. Hold up.... Rather eat another donut Keep the Old gut robust. Sure enough. Peter Pan Picked a profession that nobody thinks is real job. Relationship went wrong. Now he's back living with mom. Bit of slob, but kids think that he's rich because of rap songs. Believe what you want. Had to open up bad loan to pay my taxes off. Now a guy named Guy wants to break my legs and Im questioning anything that I ever said. Making music till the moment that you drop huh? Sounds fun right ? Sometimes it's not. Staying young at heart. Probably not that smart. Cuz our government doesn’t support art. No retirement plan for folk rap stars. No mortgage when you're living in a house of cards. They don’t rent to anybody that’s been behind bars. It'll all fall down. Gotta own the scars. (CHORUS 2x) Sammus I ain’t a business, man Or a business man You should hear my idea of a business plan I post a couple pictures on my Instagram Maybe get a couple stickers done at Vista Print I’m never really asking if it fits the brand ----I ain’t never had the discipline And lately I suspect nobody gives a damn If I’m the shhhh--- so I let it hit the fan Instead of tryna schmooz I’mma kick the can Try to tell myself that it's just a scam Rather network on a network than ever spend a night up in the club like I’m Chris Kattan -- I wish I could reject getting shows in DMs No per diem? Is that something I should be in even though I’m overstretched here I go agreeing but I can’t ignore the message cause they know I see ‘em Hate read receipts -- I’mma just go pray Maybe Imma get it all correct some day Maybe when I’m older the regrets go way Yeah -- Maybe when it’s over I can rest okay I’m old enough I should know better You can burn your bulb if you a Go-getter You’re far too focused ignore your locus Hanging round the wolves like you are old-yeller Young enough to do it anyway Can take a sucker a punch like I’m a heavyweight If you know the feeling, scream it to the ceiling you’ve been living rough we need to hear you say that I'm old enough that I know better... (Chorus repeats until fade)
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i don't have the heart to drag the pictures to the trash everytime i get on the phone with dad he gone ask how's whats her name? like he forgot when she had been to the spot like lowts of times i know you getting old but you aint lost your mind so you wanna leave me behind we had a one a million love girl, like that dame and aliyah kind thought i was the best she could find first mistake, that there hurt the case went sarah connor now we gotta terminate we was so similar like parallel lines london eye, taking carosel rides now tears running down your caramel eyes cause I'm always late when i know how to tell time but i wanna mend those sores i opened turn back time and relive those moments hoping, she can see what she saw and fell in love with, before we cut it off born a southpaw but i wanna get right i can make a change right now on this night say the word girl and I'll cancel this flight, ending this fight, cause we was in it for life… i kept telling you i’d get it straight but you knew the deal, right from the start - so i guess i was lying in your face and I am so so sorry, so so sorry.... When I met u in the club it coulda been fate Your date no showed and mine was mad late Just the first of a million occurrences That offered me a false sense of encouragement Made me forget that we didnt have much in common, She wanted stability, and me to stop rhymin; And the fact that I even considered it a little bit just shows me how ridiculous i was, Cuz- spirit is willing, flesh is hella weak so i let go a week, then another week, didn't listen to what my conscious was telling me love lockdown, felt like a felony i was never used to sharing out my whereabouts only child, the only one i could care about was me.. i Pray for you to be prosperous, Even if what u want for me is the opposite i kept telling you i’d get it straight but you knew the deal, right from the start - so i guess i was lying in your face and I am so so sorry, so so sorry....
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about

After taking on a rigorous touring schedule, hosting a wrestling podcast "Mat Mania" and making high profile appearances on WWE television, Philadelphia-born, Phoenix resident teacher-turned-rapper Mega Ran returns to release the introspective and enlightening album "Extra Credit."

Full of storytelling and craftsmanship, Mega Ran hops on tracks by DIBIA$E, Charlie Mumbles, K-Murdock and more, with tracks challenging our views of social media, aging in Hip-Hop, the music business, education and much more.

Mega Ran's love for classic literature continues with "Mockingbird," based on Harper Lee's timeless novel. He turns road life into a party on "Airplane Mode," while stopping to recruit the original teacher-rapper J-Live for a lesson on priorities on "Eyes On Your Own Paper."

Mega Ran revisits 2016's banger "Church" by adding a new arrangement, new haunting verses and scorching background vocals by multi-platinum (in more ways than one) singer SisQó.

The record ends on a mellow note with Ran giving thanks on "Wouldn't Miss It For The World," a gospel-tinged record with dedications to recently fallen collaborators Rustin (of the band Urizen) and Phoenix rapper Thaahum, who raps on "Defenders," a song he conceptualized and completed just days before his untimely passing.

"Extra Credit" also includes new remixes from 2015's critically acclaimed "RNDM" album, by Fingaz, Willie Green and Scottie Royal, who take classic tracks from those albums and make them new again from the ground up.

With its combination of depth and wit,"Extra Credit" will find a prominent place within Mega Ran's solid discography.

Mega Ran's "Extra Credit Tour" begins in Seattle at PAX West 9/1, and continues throughout the year until December.

credits

released September 1, 2017

Release Date: 09/1/2017

Album Art by: Daniel Hill

Producers: K-Murdock, Yon.Li, RND1, Fresh Kils, D.R.O., Ecid, Charlie Mumbles, DIBIA$E, ECID, Kaito Kobayashi, DJ Big Serg

Remixes by: Willie Green, Emrls, Fingaz, Scottie Royal

Guest Raps by: J-Live, Jermiside, Sammus, Ceschi

Singers/Background Vocalists: SisQó, Tina Estes, Julasha Simpson

Album Mixed by K-Murdock, Matthew Weiss, Brian Gigerich, Michael Gamarano. Mastered by K-Murdock.

Saxophone on "Eyes On Your Own Paper" by Emmanuel "1-Up" Aouad.

SisQo appears courtesy Dragon Music Group LLC
J-Live appears courtesy Mortier Music Group
Sammus appears courtesy Don Giovanni Records/NuBlack Music Group
Ceschi appears courtesy Fake Four Records

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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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