Born out of mutual admiration for one another, and a mutual love for the art form of Hip Hop, Mega Ran and Young RJ have teamed up to make a run through the music game together.
Young RJ is the stalwart producer for Detroit legends Slum Village, and Mega Ran has built a reputation as the heavyweight champion of alternative Hip Hop. Together, the two humble emcees hope to push their message farther than it has ever gone before.
With modesty and respect for those in the game who came before them, Mega Ran and Young RJ hope to use their relatable and very real story to reach the ears of new listeners. With their first project, 2HandsUp RJ and Ran are hoping to fill a gap that they see in the music game today.
Ran and RJ is starting the year off strong with their debut single and video “Pray” with Europe’s own Abstract Orchestra and Daru Jones, produced by Young RJ. It is the lead focus track off their upcoming full-length album 2HandsUp due out March 2020.
“I’m just so proud of this project with Young RJ. It has been a goal of mine for quite some time to use my talents for a project that veers more toward traditional mainstream hip-hop. I think RJ and I have a lot to say together and “Pray” is going to say a lot of it, while “2HandsUp” subtly implants those ideas into your brain at some points, and bluntly shouts them into your face at others. We are both really happy with how “Pray” came out and with 2HandsUp,” Mega Ran
The excitement for this project is mutual…. Mega Ran’s work ethic is crazy, He is a pure lyricist. His talent pushed my production skills up some levels and that’s what I needed.
This is a game changer!” -Young RJ
Stream “Pray” here
Abstract Orchestra and Young RJ, one half of the legendary hip hop group Slum Village release a complete rendition of the classic, Fantastic Vol. 2 album, produced by Jay Dee, aka J Dilla. Abstract Orchestra, an 18 piece band replays Slum Village’s Vol. 2, in honor of their 20th anniversary release, Fantastic 2020 Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 as a tribute to the original founding members T3 and the late J Dilla and Baatin.
The 18 piece all-star big band, creates unique music that is both heavy and beautiful, pushing the boundaries of live Hip Hop. The band includes musicians that have toured with some of the top acts in the world including Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, John Legend, The Roots, Estelle, Lily Allen, and more. Along with their original work, Abstract Orchestra is well known for their masterful reinterpretations of Hip Hop classics by legends that include J Dilla and MADVILLAIN.
Get the vinyl here