“Where everybody can rock a mic, but somehow, 7-on-1 is the makeup of a proper fight.”
For those who frequent the DopeHouse enough and are familiar with the work of Raheem Jarbo, aka Mega Ran, you’ll know the Philly emcee usually likes to keep things light in his music. The self-proclaimed torch-bearer of chiptune music is quick to reference manga, video games and retro brands in his music, but can also flip into full on “destroy-emcees mode” when push comes to shove.
Mega — a former middle school teacher known for his 2007 Mega Ran album, which sampled the 8-bit sounds found on the classic NES video game Mega Man — is preparing to release Eastern Standard on Leedz Edutainment soon.
Before he saddles up in his throne, Mega temporarily sheds off his “nerdcore” persona to connect with underrated beatsmith The Arcitype on “The East Coast,” a cultural lesson for curious outsiders about the gritty, grim realities that unfold in major cities that run up and down the Atlantic Seaboard. Stream it below and purchase the single on iTunes or Amazon.