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Richie Branson Unlocked!!! Ghouls N Ghosts 3 This December If Stretch Goal Met

So you might have heard,

MegaRan is Doing a Kickstarter w/ 18 hours left

The initial goal of $5,000 was met very quickly by tons of fans who supported the mission of this Kickstarter, to get Mega Lo Mania (the MegaRan Documentary) turned into a Director’s Cut DVD for purchase or rental through Redbox that’s also available on a number of digital distribution and streaming websites including Amazon, Netflix, and iTunes. That reality gave way to another moment in which MegaRan decided to start making crushed 8-bit versions of his instrumentals for Nintendo NES cartridges that backers could receive. Beyond that, a brand new Mega Man EP was revealed for release on Christmas Day to all backers in addition to a new Random AKA MegaRan 2015 album entitled “Wouldn’t Miss It For The World”.

Through all of these crazy awesome rewards, not to mention USB keys, Vinyls, Sweatshirts, Guest Spots on MegaRan Tracks, his own tie, the ability to Executive Producer a gamer rap album, and the yet un-revealed secret stage, there has been a new challenger entering the ring!!!


If you’ve never heard of the artist known as Richie Branson then you definitely should.

His Twitter Bio reads, “Billboard Charting Rapper/Producer (worked w/ Adult Swim, Def Jam, Sony, etc) who once outsold some of your favorite rappers with an album about a video game.”

He’s a different style rapper that pulls off impressive lyricism on topics the world of gamers often can relate to in exact, or at least really close. I mean, who hasn’t been to somebody’s house that was more disgusting than a nightmare and had to stay there, or been trapped in a zombie apocalypse with murderous agents sweeping for leftovers. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’ll have to take a listen below and start getting caught up! What began as a TOUR-ONLY EP spawned into a full series from Random AKA MegaRan and Richie Branson called Ghouls N Ghosts (named after the awesome Capcom game by the same title) paying tribute to the gore and horror gaming scene as well as the overall spooky atmosphere of death and demons.

Donate to Help Ghouls N Ghosts 3 Release, But Guess What…

If The Stretch Goal of $18,000 is reached a number of things will happen. This album will get pushed up to December 2014 and finished / released whereas it may have been meant for a later date previously before this decision from the musicians involved. In addition to that, MegaRan has vowed to take a tattoo that the fans pick (out of a few narrowed down video game selections) if $17,000 stretch goal is reached. A Drew Wise World Map is being revealed for MegaRan reaching $16,000 already and beyond the Tattoo perk MegaRan will also be making MegaRan Lunch Boxes.

You Can Still Get NES Cartridges + Vinyls by Upgrading Your Pledge

That’s right, you don’t actually have to donate all over again. Backers can upgrade their pledge at any time. Funds will be withdrawn on Saturday at 3AM according to Kickstarter (Sat, Nov 22 2014 3:05 AM EST to be exact), so there’s still time. Really, anything can be bought on the list that is still available, but I personally recommend taking advantage of the fact that for just a $85 pledge, everyone will still get a Vinyl copy of the album or getting one of the really incredible NES instrumental cartridges – they actually work when you pop them into a Famicom or Nintendo NES system. The fact that Ran has provided the instrumentals to his MegaRan 2015 album in bit-crushed format on the 8 bit carts is really a musical one of a kind thing for fans of MegaRan.


You won’t want to miss out on that, so kill a hundred birds with 1 stone.

Awww, poor birdie!

Consider Upgrading Your Pledge!

Update w/ Disclosure: I decided to back the Kickstarter for MegaRan’s Documentary to hit Netflix and other distributors. As according to our new RGN Public Ethics Policy, I will no longer be reporting on MegaRan’s work in an Evaluative Manner (i.e. Reviews) and will have another author Reviewing the work whereas I will be allowed to continue Informative Reporting (non-evaluative, i.e. News). If you have any feedback on this Ethics Policy, please comment on this article below or on our Policy itself and we’ll be sure to take your feedback into high regard. – Jon Ireson, Editor-In-Chief at RealGamerNewz.com

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MegaRan + Mister Wilson – Blur Bomber (Music Review)

***Warning: The following Review may contain Spoilers in regards to the story-line that takes place in Blur Bomber. We recommend listening to the album first for the best experience.***

From start to finish Blur Bomber is a gamer’s soundtrack giving life to the characters of Mega Man and Sonic The Hedgehog in a unique and cool way that is easy to relate to and presents a tale that you can follow chronologically as well as become immersed in. Blur Bomber chronicles the comic book events of ‘Worlds Collide’ featuring Sonic and Mega Man teaming up against Dr Robotnik (Egg Man) and Dr. WILY who combine the worlds of Sonic and MegaMan using the power of a Chaos Emerald and set the two epic heroes against each other. The plot progresses through a narrative told track by track as well as during interludes which also serve as really chill beat breaks gently guiding you from one track and tempo to the next.

The flow of the album is great. Now I’ll take a moment to analyze each track individually and share some of my thoughts on it. This section will feature my interpretations of each song and not necessarily what Mister Wilson and MegaRan had in mind when creating them, but nonetheless the lasting impression I got from each one.

Opening Track – “Intro (Worlds Collide)”: sets the precedence for fan service found throughout the album with Mega Ran introducing himself as Rock (referencing the Japanese name for MegaMan which is RockMan) and then talking smack to Sonic saying “for you info / been legit bro” and then referencing that Rock’s been around “been runnin’ it since you were a glitch bro” in reference to the early development of Sonic The Hedgehog who’s super power was discovered as a glitch then worked into the character’s attributes eventually becoming his signature defining ability. “I’ll knock every ring out of you” and “like your bonus stage I’ll give you vertigo” are among the many quotables this track has blessed the gamer world with.

“Love Is…”: The love between main characters and their crush / relationships are discussed in what proves to be a nice break from the intense action of the Intro while preparing listeners for the action to come. Mister Wilson introduces the song defining Sonic’s love for Amy Rose and MegaRan cover’s Mega Man’s love life with a line “I’m so excited, baby I can’t hide it” reminiscent of tracks he’s performed in the past giving long-time fans a little bit of a familiar feeling for the song. Now MegaRan pronouncing Mega Man’s favorite chick’s name correctly without breaking the flow of the track, that was impressive all in and of itself.

“Best Friends (Mega Ran Solo Mission)”: Never underestimate the power of a song by glancing quickly at the title. “Best Friends” proves to be one of the most moving songs from the Blur Bomber album and relates real life times and struggles of the artist known as Random with the world of video games and hip hop. The track also serves a double meaning as a thank you to fans and supporters of his work who he says at the end are like his family, and his best friends.

“Skull Egg Zone”: The intensity of the Intro returns here with a slower tempo which is used by Mister Wilson and Mega Ran to run through events which led up to Sonic and Mega Man fighting each other in the first place. Dr. Robotnik (Egg Man) and Dr. WILY enter an uneasy truce for the combined goal of taking over and destroying everything in the world until they reign supreme. Now listeners understand why the two blue crew were facing off in track one.

“Lava Reef”: “Don’t know why I’m involved in a lot of beef / I think they mad cuz Wilson spittin’ that Lava Reef” pretty much defines the attitude presented in “Lava Reef”. This track is all about spittin’ fire and letting the world know what these two artists came here to do: create a masterpiece album with rhythmic flow and diverse lyrics unexpected and well connected to the often trippy beats. Storyville makes an appearance and takes the role of Sonic delivering a sick and speedy verse ending in a shout-out for his people in the biz as well as a warning shot at the end about his dedication to landing on top of others in the genre.

“Mega Man Legend (Wilson Solo Mission)”: “All the haters in the game can get a Cannon Buster” says Mister Wilson who goes in solo on this track completely in a concept as he takes the role of Mega Man. Continuing the theme of “Lava Reef” by focusing on hot rhymes and aggressive attitude, Wilson lets us know that Mega Man ain’t nothin’ to mess with and gives props to MegaRan’s ownership of the character’s use in nerdcore rap by saying “Wilson’s giving yall Mega Man Raps / this right here will make every fan snap” and later ending his final verse by saying “now I’m gonna pass the Mega Man Raps back to Random”. Overall the song is a nice bridge to the next track and a solid song that gets keeps your head bobbing from the last.

“20XX”: “20XX” is all about Robot City and strikes me as a parable over a trap-style beat with metaphors relating Random’s struggle for righteousness in hip hop against the forces of ignorance weaponizing the music industry against the masses to the struggle between MegaRan / Mega Man and the evils of Robot City. “It’s 20 double X / What a mess / We need you / Rap is at its dumbest yet” seems to confirm this and both artists Mister Wilson appear on this one. Random stands out as he spits with a crazy passion for being himself and standing up for what he believes in, something fans of the artist have always revered as his most important qualities.

“Unite!”: Mister Wilson’s line “No more fighting. It’s time to unite.” hits home hard and is echoed with recent events like Kanye West ‘spazzing’ out on the always intellectual and uplifting Sway Calloway during an interview on Shade 45. This song is about Sonic and Mega Man uniting but really it feels like under the surface it’s about more than that. Are we all just a bunch of robots and hedgehogs dividing for the evil forces of the world to conquer us? Maybe so. Tha Kure features and does an incredible job laying down the role of ProtoMan who shows up to tell Mega Man and Sonic that the doctors have roboticized Sonic’s crew and pit both protagonists against each other using false info about the other being a threat. “It’s time to unite / the icons need to save the world / before the evil docs take over the world” delivers the purpose of this song and Random jumps in at the end with a soft and smooth verse that shows the logical and forgiving side of Mega Ran who must now help rally the energetic Sonic for the cause.

“Blur Bomber”: “Out of all Capcom and SEGA Fam / it had to be Sonic and Mega Man” is a perfect theme song detailing the “Ultimate Team Up” which is described as a reward for the loyalty of his fans. Mister Wilson and MegaRan have teamed up and put forward a great show thus far which will soon conclude but not until this headliner is laid down. Blur Bomber, for those who haven’t figured it out yet, is a combination of Mega Man’s nickname Blue Bomber and the fact that Sonic The Hedgehog looks like a blur when he blazes by at super-sonic speeds.

“The End Zone (Final Battle): Sonic The Hedgehog and Mega Man are both in ‘Super Mode’ and doing battle with the evil doctors. This beat samples one of the most meaningful video game soundtracks out there and will immediately sound familiar to all hardcore gamers who have been around for a while. Wilson and Ran hold up the energy and quality of perfection in timing and lyrics as they bring it home for the win.

“Ending”: Mister Wilson jumps on this track giving a voice-over about what happened in the ending of the plot-line found in Blur Bomber. A calm and cool relaxing beat is presented and Random jumps in giving thanks and credit to everyone who produced beats, art, or helped create / support the album in any way.

***Listen to the Album Blur Bomber below, support independent hip hop artists by purchasing a copy:

Overall Score: 10/10

Album Info: Blur Bomber by MegaRan and Mister Wilson

Release Date: December 2013

Listen/Buy it Now: at MegaRanMusic.com

Review Copy Info: An advance copy of this album was provided to RealGamerNewz by the artist for the purpose of this review.

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Mega Ran – Best Friends *Sonic Unleashed* (Official Video) [HD]

The official music video for “Best Friends” off of the upcoming Blur Bomber album which is available for pre-order now. You can also download this song for free with the link below provided by MegaRan AKA Random.

Download this song for FREE here

Preorder “Blur Bomber” NOW!

Video Credits Information:

Directed and Edited by Creative Mind Frame. Appears on the album “Blur Bomber” available January 2014. Track produced by Takz. Footage shot during Nerdapalooza 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

Special thanks to all who appear, in no order: WWE’s Xavier Woods, MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Sammus, Shubzilla, Emmanuel “1-Up” Aouad, Richie Branson, Lex Lingo, Shubzilla, Doug Funnie, K-Murdock, Christ Allen, Orlando, Professor Shyguy, YT Cracker, and ALL the beautiful fans and friends in Orlando.

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Ghouls ‘N Ghosts 2 by Richie Branson and Mega Ran [Now Available] [Video Game Music]

Video game influenced hip hop acts Mega Ran (AKA Random) and Richie Branson have released in full the Ghouls ‘N Ghosts 2 album which can be streamed for free and purchased on BandCamp (embedded version below). This music is influenced by the vast genre of Zombie video games, hip hop, film, television, and otherwise un-dead culture icons.

While in the process of capturing the Zombie theme, Mega Ran and Richie Branson have created a new icon for the genre which helps give a solid identity with titles like ‘Zombies Ate My Neighbors’ making reference to the Super Nintendo classic, and more. Check it out below!

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@MegaRan and Richie Branson Announce New Hip Hop / Video Game Album Ghouls ‘N Ghosts 2

It’s official Video Game / Hip Hop lovers, Mega Ran and Richie Branson will be doing a sequel to their highly beloved Ghouls ‘N Ghosts EP which was originally sold hand to hand on tour and is now available on Bandcamp. That pixelation isn’t by accident, this is some retro gaming-inspired music which is truly one of a kind.

Take a listen to some of these tracks below and find out why this is one release you’ll want to take note of. For those who don’t know about Random AKA MegaRan yet, take a look at our In-Depth RGN Interview of MegaRan and stand up for some real hip hop and video game culture by letting a friend know.

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MegaRan + K-Murdock Performing at PAX Prime 2013

Along side Bit Brigade and The Protomen, and with K-Murdock AND a live band MegaRan AKA Random (listen to his music, HERE, I mean now!) will be performing from his extra large, gamer-centric catalog of hits from projects including Black Materia (Final Fantasy VII Meets Hip Hop), Ghouls N Ghosts with Richie Branson, Forever Famicom with production by K-Murdock the man himself, and much more. This is something people at Seattle, Washington’s video game convention should be excited about and look forward to.

You can also catch Ran doing a lot of West Coast touring with some East Coast, Down South, and Mid-West stuff coming to the table as well. Check out Random AKA MegaRan’s full tour listings by clicking HERE. To catch the official music of PAX post which also names even more vets like MC Frontalot as performers this year, click HERE. If you still haven’t heard anything from this artist, see why everybody in the gaming world and hip hop are going crazy at the originality being offered below:

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