If you’re a fan of 80s and 90s pop culture, you won’t have a hard time understanding most of rapper Raheem Jarbo, better known as Mega Ran, in his songs. It’s not strange to hear callbacks to Dragon Ball Z, 90s NBA stars, Super Nintendo, and Eric B. & Rakim samples everything in one song.
Metro Detroiters can hear what the Philly native has to say live when he headlines Otus Supply in Ferndale on Saturday, September 10th. We spoke with Mega Ran about his career, his album of love letters to the 80s anime “Robotech” titled “Protoculture Season”, the power of nostalgia, his love for Detroit and more.
Mega Ran freestyled legendary Detroit rap group Slum Village’s 2004 hit “Selfish” earlier this summer to promote a show he did with them in New York. It’s great and you should listen to it.
One line that stuck out to me was:
“Kids say, ‘You’re black, but you don’t act cool.'” Critics are like, ‘he’s a nerd, but he can rap.’
Mega Ran has dealt with this duality since the beginning of his career.
“Facing it has definitely helped me deal with it. Before, I was always kind of passive-aggressive about it,” Ran says. “Because when you start, you’re just happy that someone can listen to you. So to whoever enjoys it, I say, “I’m glad you like it.” But then we’d have awkward conversations at merch tables or in the comments, we’d be like, “You know, I hate rap, but I really love you. .” And I’d be like, “That feels kind of weird and maybe even a little bit racist.
You know, at the end of the day, it’s hip-hop. And that line has become more blurred than ever, which I think is really silly. A lot of these new kids can talk about ‘Dragon Ball Z’, they can talk about comics or whatever they really like and just make them into heavy, good rap songs.
Mega Ran also proves that he’s really had some serious chops when he mentions the same Slum Village freestyle body click.
“I’ve been to Detroit a few times. And that’s one thing my friends there always tell me: snap is what makes it,” the rapper says. “So I was there a few years ago. And I was talking about cones. So I literally went to two places downtown, America and Lafayette. I went to both and said, “Okay, I need one here, one there.” I love them both.
Listen to the full interview above or scroll down below, where we also talk about Rani’s most anticipated video game until the end of 2022, the AEW/CM Punk drama, the return of the video game TV network G4, and more.
Mega Ran headlines Otus Supply on Saturday, September 10th. Tickets are available at the door or at otussupply.com.
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