Interview: How to a teacher becomes a video game rapper with Raheem Jarbo aka Mega Ran aka Random
Raheem Jarbo is hip hop artist and educator putting nerdcore music on the map. The man known as Mega Ran or Random shares his journey from teacher to touring artist. You might even some of his tunes inspired by Mega Man and other video games.
Below is a summary of our interview:
Nothing will work unless you do – Maya Angelou
Raheem takes us on a ride through his times growing in Philadelphia as a nerd who loved writing and reading. His intro to hip hop came from the song “It Takes Two” which a guy across the street loved to play. His love of literature turned into a teaching career and eventually his switch to a touring musician.
Raheem gets booked into a show where he has a crappy hotel room and three people showed up to the show (the people in attendance were his family members).
Raheem discusses being approached by Capcom and getting officially licensed to use their music.
Raheem’s work now
We talk about one of Raheem’s songs “Wily” and his process of creating music.
What’s exciting Raheem now
Raheem is producing a remix album “The Call: 8-bit” based on his first album “The Call.” He’s also excited about the rise of nerdcore music.
Book Raheem Recommends: Ready Player One by Ernest Kline
Helpful Habit: Setting reminders throughout the day
What’s Your Purpose: Change the world. Change the way people look at nerds, musicians, and hip hop.
Where to follow Raheem
Twitter: Follow @MegaRan
Start where you are, Use what you have, and do what you can.
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