Mega Ran ~ Mickey Factz ~ Alfred Banks
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When LA Weekly said that Ran's “fanbase and niche audiences are growing at a rate not seen since Tech N9ne,” they meant it. A former teacher, Mega Ran (formerly Random) blends education, hip-hop and gaming in amazing new ways, penetrating the farthest reaches of the galaxy with his unique rhyme style and electric performances.
The first ever rap artist to be licensed by a major game developer (CAPCOM), Ran takes the old and makes it new through his unique form of music he calls “Chip-Hop.”
Arguably the world's most well known video-game influenced performance artist, Mega Ran's high-energy shows and fun, nerdy persona have led to speaking engagements, world tours, tons of convention and festival performances, and a legion of smart fans, patiently awaiting his next move.
There comes a time in every artist’s life when they have to look in the mirror and decide whether their art should be a hobby or a way of life. When it came time for Bronx native Mickey Factz to decide what his art meant to him, he chose music, abandoning a spot at NYU Law School to embrace hip-hop full time.
In 2010, Factz signed a major record label deal with Battery Records, a subsidiary of Jive Records and released his critically acclaimed mixtape I’m Better Than You. Following the release of I’m Better Than You, he released his single For The Culture which features Marsha Ambrosius, Love.Lust.Lost and Mickey MauSe. Mickey MauSe received rave reviews and the project has been hailed by many to be a visual and lyrical masterpiece.
UnderDogCentral creator & emergent New Orleans rapper Alfred Banks has garnered acclaim from some of rap’s most esteemed publications. In addition to being named one of Complex’s 10 upcoming New Orleans MCs, Banks has been featured prominently on The Fader, HipHopDx, Okayplayer & on DJBooth’s list of Top Indie rappers from Louisiana. Having played at Voodoo Festival, Buku Festival, A3C Festival, and Austin’s SXSW, Banks has also made headway in Europe, Performing at the Reeperbahn Festival in Germany & starring in a Volkswagen ad campaign featuring his song “HomeComing”.In late 2016, BBC Russia interviewed Banks, extending his reach well beyond Europe. Most Recently, Alfred’s Song “UnderDogCentral” can be heard in the Netflix Movie “Burning Sands”, which was Executively Produced by Common.
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