This past Saturday Mega Ran had the director’s cut debut of a documentary based on him at the Film Bar in Phoenix. Director Michael Cardoza’s “Mega-Lo Mania” follows Mega Ran and Lo-Classics on a three city tour over one weekend. The release will be this Fall to Netflix, Amazon and iTunes.
The film captures how Mega Ran has segmented his place in the nerdcore culture that thrives on their own variation of hip-hop. The sounds are based on video games old school and new. They also incorporate the traditional sounds of hip-hop. The visuals bring the once uncool nerd into the forefront with knowledgeable lyrics and witty deliveries. Sometimes garbed in superhero fashion others classic nerd gear.
Mega Ran opened the screening encouraging those in attendance to feel free to speak up freely. As the crowd watched the documentary they jeered him on as his journey unfolded by way of close friend recountments and intimate revelations from Mega Ran himself.
” I thought it would be inspiring to my friends and other musicians and dream chasers, to know a little about how the journey began and continues. I was really nervous about exposing that much of myself and sharing it with the world, I mean, what if the director caught me digging up my nose? But really it was nerve-racking being that exposed. But the end result blew me away,” Ran candidly reveals.
The former teacher speaks on his migration to Phoenix from where he was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Also the struggle in staying motivated and finding his place in the ever changing genre of hip-hop.
Some featured appearances in the documentary are Christopher Tin, MURS, Mr Miranda, Slopfunkdust, and DJ Dn3 . Nerdcore originator and agreed mastermind MC Frontalot even makes an appearance and shares his thoughts on Megan Ran and nerdcore.
“The idea of directing a documentary was just an idea at first but the beauty of creation is that’s how growth happens.”- Cardoza
The documentary originally was only 30 minutes long when it was released summer of last year with success. To make the documentary movie festival eligible Cardoza re-cut a 60- minute version and Ran initiated a successful Kickstarter of $18,000 to fund the films placement on Netflix.
“I’ve always wanted to create a documentary about a hip-hop artist or group because I was an artist once myself and I’ve seen the struggle they go through, but I never had the resources available to me until I met Mega Ran. I had an idea, I discussed it with the person the idea was about and we took the first step towards it which is always the hardest and we made it happen,” says Cardoza of his ambition behind the documentary.
He continues, “Traveling through the channels of what it takes to distribute and produce a film is a lot more work than I thought, but it has inspired me to take this film as far as I can take it and then focus on the next project once I’ve accomplished my goals with this particular film first. Overall, the experience was a great learning tool and has equipped me with the knowledge I will need moving forward in the film industry.”
Lo Classics is the five man band that accompanied Mega Ran for his tour. The band consists of Brandon on drums, Alex on guitar, Evan on bass, Sheldon on keys and ElJayBeats is mix master and DJ. They brought their classically trained and honed skills to the tour to give Ran the live accompaniment that hip-hop crowds usually crave.
Michael Cardoza was successful in exposing nerdcore culture and Mega Ran’s influence. He captured the humbleness in Ran as his following continues to increase. Ran was exposed as a innovative creator of music as he incorporated nontraditional video games soundtracks into his music, most notably Mega Ran the game on the Capcom system and album that was released under the same name.
Mega Ran also known as Random continues to have personal and professional success. He just recently proposed to girlfriend Rachel during one of his infamous freestyles which requires crowd participation by holding up subject matter. Ran is the first emcee to be signed under Capcom and most recently was named in LA Weekly’s top five rappers to look out for in 2014. He is launching his Emerald Knights Tour at Club Red on June 4, 2015, and later will continue to the UK for four dates this summer.
This Fall get ready to be moved and enlightened. Cardoza’s “Mega-Lo Mania” won’t disappoint and the documentary leaves you feeling motivated to tackle and take on your own personal dreams. Now that’s a purpose served.