Comics Alliance: Mega Ran’s ‘Language Arts’ Is a Concept Rap Album, Comic and Video Game That Will Teach You About the French Revolution

28 05 2012

May 24th 2012 By: Chris Sims

Given our noted love of both Capcom’s classic Mega Man games and hip-hop, it pretty much goes without saying that the staff of ComicsAlliance loves Mega Ran, aka Random, aka middle school Language Arts teacher turned rapper Raheem Jarbo. With his latest album, though, Ran takes the video game themes to the next level with Language Arts, a concept album and playable video game that tell the story of Mega Ran battling mind-controlled zombie students through action-packed rap battles. And if it sounds awesome, that’s because it is. We’ve got a few tracks and a preview of the game right here for your enjoyment.

The album itself is a pretty amazing deal: You can pick it up digitally from Ran’s BandCamp site for as little as $1, and it’s worth that price just to get the title track, “Language Arts.” I like Mega Ran a lot: His Christmas album, in which he drops clean raps over samples from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, became an instant tradition around the holidays, and the track about Castlevania III that he and K-Murdock produced is probably the best rap about fighting Dracula that I’ve ever heard — and believe me, that’s a surprisingly crowded field. But this one, a friendly four-minute rap that he apparently used to introduce himself to his class on the first day of school each year, might just be his single best track. If nothing else, it perfectly captures the “TeacherRapperHero” identity that he’s been building through his music.

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