An unstoppable force in videogame rap meets one of the most influential games of all time in the new album ‘Black Materia’.
I’ve written before about Mega Ran, one of my current favorite musicians. Teamed up with with K-Murdock, he made a hip-hop album called ‘Forever Famicom’ which I’ve listened to nearly every day for the last several months. He combines real life experience with game stories and adds lyrics and beats to game music.
The latest release from Mega Ran is ‘Black Materia’, an album that takes its story and music from the fan favorite ‘Final Fantasy VII’. I’ve had a few days to listen to it, and it absolutely lives up to the high expectations I had going in.
You can find a few different clips on Mega Ran’s YouTube channel, including “Mako Reactor,” an unapologetically badass track that tells the story of the game’s first mission and “Tifa,” which is a little sweeter and gets into the relationship between Cloud Strife and Tifa Lockheart, two of the game’s protagonists.
As with so many albums, I think some of the best songs are the ones that aren’t chosen as singles. “Avalanche” is incredibly cool, and I have a feeling “Cry of the Planet” will be a favorite of mine for a long time coming.
Check out the samples on YouTube. If you’re still not sure, download the free version of the album which will let you hear 8 out of the 16 total tracks. Then go buy the album – you won’t regret it. All of that is available at MegaRan.com.