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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | November 19, 2021

Former middle school English teacher and nerdcore rapper Mega Ran is a basketball junkie.

In celebration of the beginning of basketball season and his love of music and gaming, Mega Ran released the album “Live 95.”

“The release is a tribute to my love for basketball in the 1990s and videogames,” he says. “Live 95 had vibrant colors and just really fun teams. It was a big part of my life at the time.

“It’s a snapshot of my life in the 1990s, with a lot of sports references and autobiographical stories about how I grew up, what was going on and learning to become a man, as well as life, love and relationships. It was an innocent time.”

The North Phoenix musician, who performs as part of WayneFest in Phoenix on Saturday, December 4, funded his album through Kickstarter.

“‘Live 95’ was a logical name for an album. The game was for Sega Genesis, and it looks really primitive,” he says.

“The graphics aren’t amazing. It’s the first game to do realistic things as a basketball game. That is what encouraged the title of the album for sure.”

The Philadelphia-born Mega Ran didn’t jump on the Suns bandwagon. Instead, his favorite player is his hometown hero, Charles Barkley.

“He’s the perfect player for the Philadelphia mindset,” he says. “I’m an underdog. He always got it done and outworked everyone. I feel like that myself. I’m a little older than the average rapper. My story is different. My upbringing is different, but through hard work, we persevere.”

Mega Ran w/2Tone Lizard Kings, The Rebel Set, The Blood Feud Family Singers

When: 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, December 4

Where: Coronado Park, 1717 N. 12th Street, Phoenix

Cost: $20 adults; $5 for kids 12 and younger