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Mega Ran x Richie Branson Tour Announcement

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NPC Members Mega Ran and Richie Branson are touring together for the first time since 2012.

The two met on mc chris’ Monster Hunter Tour and since have created classic gamer jams like “Super Nintendo Sega Genesis”and three successful Halloween themed “Ghouls N Ghosts” albums.

Richie is a music composer and producer who has worked with a variety of notable brands including Marvel Studios and Def Jam Recordings. He also appears on “OP” on Ran’s new album “RNDM” which debuted on Billboard’s charts and maintains a place on CMJ’s Hip Hop Chart.

He is also an accomplished hip-hop artist, gaining notoriety in 2012 after penning multiple songs for Adult Swim and touring with mc chris. After gaining a loyal following as a hip-hop performer, he achieved billboard-charting success with the release of his “From Guardia With Love” album. In 2015, he co-produced the critically acclaimed “Life After Death Star” Notorious B.I.G. / Star Wars underground remix album.

Tour Dates:

1.28 Phoenix @ Last Exit Live
1.29 Albuquerque @ Burts Tiki Lounge

1.30 Santa Fe @ the underground
1.31 Salt Lake City @ the loading dock
2.1 Denver @ lost lake lounge
2.3 San Jose @ afk lounge (7pm) + Back bar (10PM)
2.4 San francisco @ elbo room
2.5 Sacramento @ Sol Collective
2.6 Reno @ Artcade (meet and greet)
2.7 Los Angeles TBA

So A Couple of Rappers Decide to Make a Nightmare Before Christmas Album

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Okay, it’s just an Extended Play…Shoot me.

Alternative hip hop/nerdcore pioneer Mega Ran teamed up with fellow nerdy emcee Richie Branson for the third installment of what I think is one of the most slept on and underrated annual music series ever. Like, ever. The EP series is conceptually centered around Halloween and is aptly titledGhouls ‘n Ghosts. Listen to the first two installments around Halloween, and you are destined to wake up in the middle of the night with cold sweats, guttural howls lurching through your brain as ear-piercing shrieks echo from your nightmares. But the beats and rhymes will be SO. INCREDIBLY. COLD that you won’t regret the listen in the slightest.

The third installment of GnG (#GnG3) maintains the spooky bangers feel, but Ran and Richie spin things further down the annual timeline. It’s now a spooooky Christmas. Compatriots Storyville, 1-Up, Kadesh Flow (because I love referring to myself in 3rd person), and Andrew the Only join in on the craziness. Crunk and spook out that meantime-between-time between Christmas and New Year’s Day here.

Desh Note – April 2015

It’s April 2015. I’ve spent far too long between posts. Gosh, I don’t even remember the last time I wrote something non-self promoting for the NPC, and that’s a shame. While I’ve been silent, multiple unarmed men have been killed by police in some way, form, or fashion. The majority of them have been black. While we are finally beginning to see some of the officers be held at least somewhat accountable for these actions, the badge wearing culprits behind these obscenities are still being protected, given too much benefit of the doubt, and largely given a pass by numerous Americans who seem to believe that having any criminal history whatsoever and running  away from an officer warrants violent death.
 
These things are difficult and enraging to discuss, especially when the U.S. is defensive about the dark sides of our great nation’s history. On social media, I’ve seen a large number of millennial individuals of color (including myself), many of whom have been viewed as “exceptions to the rule” for the majority of our lives, having to remain calm while explaining our friends’ racism to them. Having to attack the misconception that racism only comes from people who are completely evil. Having to break down the hypocrisy that exists when a well meaning comrade asks why “they would destroy their own communities,” and then watch the defensive firestorm erupt when said POC casually points out that nobody asks these questions when mostly white youths destroy property at the same or worse levels when, say Kentucky loses to Wisconsin in the Final Four, or, say, during a Pumpkin Festival, or during a surfing event at Huntington Beach, or in Boston after winning a World Series, and so on and so forth. Some are having to set the record straight on this washed out, PC version of MLK, Jr., whom everyone suddenly wants to quote without any context. I’ve had to spend what I would have regarded  a year ago as wasted space explaining the definition and strategy of “civil disobedience” to people who want to throw MLK quotes around as if he were some politically correct bell boy who never offended or inconvenienced anyone.
 
It is difficult to remain calm and respectful while explaining to someone whom you respect and befriend that rioting is a desperate act, and that, while violence is inexcusable, this can’t be solved by condemning the riots. Maybe we should finally do more about the systematic  and  institutionalized  circumstances that get poor  and  disenfranchised  citizens to this point of anger. It’s annoying to have to point out that Baltimore (citing this city because it is the most recent case, but won’t be the last) has shelled out over $57 million to cover police related lawsuits in the last 4 years alone, and that somehow, this still hasn’t led them to hold officers more accountable, probably because the city and state governments can use the election of a black mayor and appointing of a black  police  commissioner  as  a  crutch to avoid actually  taking  relevant  action. I’ve had to mention to people that 60% of the 800,000 annual domestic violence cases in this country are leveled against police officers, the same people who are, at least in theory, held to a standard of protecting and serving. The comments don’t even get to the huge points around poverty, education access, and opportunities.
 
I could go on and on, but you may be wondering why I’m posting about any of this in such a “punch-you-in-the-face” manner. I just want to encourage you to speak up. Keep this conversation going. Baltimore will die down in the same way that Ferguson and Staton Island did, but young men of color (and young people in general) will continue to be killed by officers while unarmed, and most of those officers will still escape any semblance of accountability. If you pay attention to this collective, I imagine you don’t spend much time building a rap sheet of arrest-worthy offenses. However, you may or may not live in an area that isn’t the best, while you strive for better. You may be like me, a young working class black kid who hung out with upper middle class and wealthy kids throughout the entirety of my education. If that’s the case, then you may be able to speak directly to the glaring disparities between your worlds, the stark difference between what happens to you when you’re around white people, verses when you’re alone or with other black youths. Or, you may just be an ally who cares about the idea that every human being should be treated as such.
 
Either way, I’d like to encourage you to have these conversations, and do your history homework beforehand; don’t back away from them. They need to take place, and they will for a while.
 
Desh