Mega Ran

Northwest Philadelphia born and raised, But the transient spirit wouldn't allow me to stay. Teacher/Rapper/Hero. Inquiries:

"Random's proven he can excel in storytelling, punchlines, poignancy, freestyling and, well, pretty much any other way you can measure an MC." - LA Weekly

Mega Ran, aka Raheem Jarbo of Philadelphia is arguably the world's most well known video-game influenced performance artist. Since signing an unprecedented licensing deal with international developer Capcom, the former teacher's high-energy shows and fun, nerdy persona have led to world tours, festival and video game tournament performances, and a legion of smart art fans he calls "Team Mega."

Mega Ran's newest release β€œRNDM” debuted at #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, and ended the year 11th on CMJ's Year End Hip Hop Chart, above Dr. Dre's Compton, and several other notable releases.

Ran continues to bend genre definitions and reality with each release, and the sky is the limit. Mega Ran may have traded in the chalk for the microphone, but every song, every lyric, and every appearance is a lesson. School is in.

If you put videogames, the '80s, hip-hop, soul music, jazz and standup comedy into a blender and hit "puree," you'd have something close to The Mega Ran Experience.

The Penn State graduate and self-proclaimed "Teacher/Rapper/Hero" made waves by by combining 8-bit videogame sounds and hard-hitting hip-hop tracks, and has become a trailblazer in the budding genres of chiptune and nerdcore hip-hop, while maintaining a career as a middle school teacher.

Ran's first album "The Call" was a critical success, featuring tracks with some of the underground's most respected heads. Ran cut his teeth in the city of Philadelphia as a moonlighting emcee and producer, performing, freestyle rapping, producing and later engineering at a studio. After relocating to Phoenix, competing in the Scribble Jam emcee battle championships and taking an early exit, Ran almost quit before he was even started, when a creative lightning bolt struck, and a fire was lit.

Retro videogames were the catalyst. Random began the transformation into Mega Ran, his alter-ego, an ode to the classic video game character Mega Man. After creating a tribute album and receiving an unprecedented level of support and blessing from Capcom to continue, Ran was reborn and became a trailblazer in the budding "nerdcore" and chiptune subgenres, while coining his own term to describe what he had done, "Chip-Hop."

And for our final U.K. jaunt, tonight in #Leeds with Wheatus and Mike Doughty! #OPUk

Today: Mega Ran @ Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, United Kingdom

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7:00PM

Get Equipped with REMINDER! Tonight!! See ya there.

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7:00PM

6pm in Newcastle. #OPUK

Aw yeah it's going down ALL NIGHT @ Four Quarters, Peckham. #OPUK

If I can go to another country and they can know the words to my songs, then surely I can at least make an attempt to participate in the culture right? Here's to you, Scotland.
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7:30 PM @ Nice N Sleazy. #OPUK

Videos (See all)

Mario Kart 8 on stage while rapping "Player 2"
Coors Light Presents Mega Ran
"Determination" (UnderTale Rap) snippet


Band Interests

God, Video Games, Comics, Life, Hip-Hop, the World

Band Members

Raheem Jarbo
various producers, DJs and guest artists


Current Location

Record Label

RandomBeats, LLC, Brick Records

Booking Agent

Other Phoenix Artists
Ashburn Artists