Nerdy People of Color Present

Mega Ran

with Substantial , Shao Dow, Kadesh Flow, O_Super, DJ ROCKMAN, RAISI-K and K-Murdock

Thursday, July 18
Doors: 7pm


1. All shows are standing room only unless otherwise notated
2. No Smoking/Vaping permitted anywhere inside venue
3. Bags/purses will be checked at the door
4. Must have ID for entry
5. All tickets are picked up via will call starting at the time of doors
6. Appropriate clothing required at all times (tops and bottoms covered)


Video Games, Anime and Jazz-Hop combine at the NPC to NPC Tour, a groundbreaking joint headline tour featuring the stellar lineup of Mega Ran, Substantial, and the USA debut tour of Shao Dow! Embark on a musical journey inspired by anime, games, comics and more as they bring their unique blend of beats and rhymes to cities across the USA, bookended by two landmark conventions: BlerdCon (Washington DC) and Nerdcore Party Con (Raleigh NC). Created by Mega Ran in 2013 to help increase awareness and highlight the contributions of Black and Brown faces in nerdy spaces, the Nerdy People of Color (NPC) Collective has served panels, concerts and programming to conventions and venues on all seven continents, adding teachers, musicians and even professional wrestlers to the stable. “When the Nerdcore Party Con — also shortened to NPC—- called me up, I knew this was fate.” Ran says. “ I had such a blast last year that I had to bring the crew this time, the stars just aligned for that to happen. Substantial adds: “I'm excited to hit road with such a dope group of truly creative artists. It's going to be a great time.” UK based rapper, manga author and occasional ninja - Shao Dow’s first tour of the USA is sure to be a memorable one, following on from his first tour in Japan, this will mark a milestone in his musical journey. Known to rap in both English and Japanese, he has opened for the likes of Tech N9ne, R.A The Rugged Man and KRS-One, written music for the games Fortnite and God of War and trained in Kung Fu in China at age 18. With support from Kadesh Flow, O_Super, DJ Rockman and hosted by esteemed producer K-Murdock, the tour promises to be a great time. Get your tickets now and celebrate this fusion of hip-hop and geek culture! Immerse yourself in the energy, passion, and creativity. Tickets and VIP packages are available now. Visit, or for more details. Mega Ran (Philly/Phoenix): Teacher, Rapper, Hero. DJ, Author…Guinness World Record Holder! Mega Ran is a prolific rapper, DJ, author, Guinness World Record holder, and now father. He spent the last year expanding his family as a foster parent and innovating his already cutting-edge approach to production to create Buddy’s Magic Toy Box (out now) for his new son. This joyous and genre-bending album debuted as the #2 Kids Album on the US Billboard Chart entertains and inspires the young (and the young at heart) with help of Mega Ran’s friends like G. Love & Special Sauce, JER (Skatune Network), New York Brass (Kanye West, Jay Z, Eminem), Stacked Like Pancakes, Whitney Peyton, Kadesh Flow, Koo Koo Kanga Roo and more. Prior to a pivot to children’s music, Philly native turned Phoenix resident Raheem "Mega Ran" Jarbo has toured the world from London to Paris to Tokyo to a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden and even Africa, as the go-to guy for video game and nerd culture-infused raps. He’s shared stages with Tech N9ne, The Roots, Lizzo, Common, KRS-One, The Protomen, AJJ and more. He’s collaborated with legends like Del The Funky Homosapien, MURS, Kool Keith, and Young RJ of Slum Village. His songs have been heard on television (WWE and AEW Wrestling, ABC/NBC News, The Muppets Mayhem, ESPN, Portlandia, Tosh.O, AEW), movies (Clerks III) and video games (Mortal Kombat 11, TMNT Shredder’s Revenge, Mortal Kombat 1, Wild Card Football, River City Girls 2). Five of his albums have placed on the Billboard Top 200 list. While no longer a teacher by title, Mega Ran travels the galaxy educating through rhymes, and dazzling audiences along the way. Ran created the NPC (Nerdy People of Color) Collective to help increase visibility for members of marginalized groups in nerdy spaces. Representation Matters! Video Games, Anime and Jazz-Hop combine at the NPC to NPC Tour, a groundbreaking joint headline tour featuring the stellar lineup of Mega Ran, Substantial, and the USA debut tour of Shao Dow!
Prince George’s County, Maryland-born MC, producer, artist, educator, and author Substantial, debuted in 2000 collaborating with the late Japanese producer, Nujabes, who later worked on the popular show Samurai Champloo. Legendary rapper and activist, Chuck D of Public Enemy referred to Substantial as “One of the great MCs of our time.” His soulful, introspective brand of Hip Hop music has received critical acclaim from, The Source Magazine, HipHopDX,, and His music videos have appeared on MTV, VH1, and BET. Substantial has performed in nearly 20 countries and has collaborated with artists such as Kool Herc, L-Universe better known as Verbal (M-Flo), Oddisee, Jeff Bernat, and more. Substantial has licensed music to major brands such as Ford Motor Company, Amazon, and UBER and also had his music featured in films and television shows such as Kevin Hart’s Laugh at My Pain, Kill Me 3 Times starring Simon Pegg, Daytime Emmy nominated show Tough Love and it’s spin-off series Pillow Talk. Substantial has appeared in the documentaries, Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme and Give Back. In 2019, Substantial wrote and produced music featured in the video game Renaine, to be released on the Nintendo Switch and the South Korean online game Tree of Savior. In 2020 and 2021, Substantial was featured on the songs, Loyal to the Beat, ManiFesto, and Renegade from the video game Arknights which was also nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award for Original Song - Video Game. Substantial also was featured on original songs for PUBG Mobile and their short film The Growth and later for their Tesla Collaboration theme song called Evolve in 2021 and wrote and performed rap vocals as Brody from the game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang for the song and video Together by the group S.T.U.N.
Shao Dow (sha-ow-dough) is an award-winning rapper, manga author and occasional ninja. After studying Shaolin Kung Fu with the monks whilst living in China, he utilized the tenacity and determination learnt from his martial arts training to independently forge his music career. Known to rap in both English and Japanese, Shao is hard to define as just a regular artist. He constantly blurs the lines between anime, gaming, martial arts and his own music and has worked with icons such as Sean Schemmel (voice of Goku - Dragon Ball Z) and featured on the first single from Tech N9ne’s ‘Asin9ne’ album. He also wrote an original track for the popular video game Fortnite’s ‘Mega City’ season update. 'Thunder Roll' was used in the official trailer and is one of the main in-game lobby themes and an emote. Alongside his regular releases, Shao works on the soundtrack for the 'Shaggy Ball Z vs One Jump Man' animated series with Mashed and Channel 4.The 3rd episode achieved more than 1 million YouTube views in 10 days. He created the music for a ‘God of War’ inspired animation (over 7 million views) that became the soundtrack for an official anniversary celebration video for the game’s sequel by Sony Santa Monica and PlayStation and his music was used during the ‘All or Nothing: Arsenal’ documentary about Arsenal FC by Amazon Prime Video. The epitome of an independent creative artist, Shao won the Hardest Working Artist award at the AIM Independent music Awards 2017 and was nominated for best live performer at the AIM Awards 2022 and 2023.
Kadesh Flow (Kansas City MO): "A propulsive emcee, a bold songwriter, a skilled trombonist, an auspicious producer and an enterprising artist" - 90.9 The Bridge Hailing from Kansas City, MO by way of Bromley, AL, Kadesh Flow is a rapper with an MBA & a trombone Super Saiyan. His wide reaching content hops from socioeconomic musings to life bars that are laced with anime and video game references, some of which have led to opportunities with outlets like Toonami, as well as various feature film projects. Desh has recorded as a studio trombonist with artists like Jidenna and boasts performances supporting artists such as Janelle Monae, Dave East, Rakim, Kool and the Gang, Trombone Shorty, The Revivalists, Tech N9ne, Naughty by Nature, and numerous other prolific acts. Kadesh is a member of the NPC (Nerdy People of Color) Collective, through which he is working to foster more representation for underrepresented and marginalized groups in “nerd” and “geek” spaces via performance, public speaking, and social engagement.
O_Super (Orlando, FL): O_Super is an experimental hip hop artist who draws influence from anime, hip hop, jazz, J-Pop, and golden age video games. O_Super has been performing as an independent artist, and is also the musical director for CEO Gaming, producing and releasing the yearly collaborative CEO Original Soundtrack since 2013, and the OST for their annual competitive anime fighting game series, CEOTaku. After featuring on frequent collaborator Mag.Lo’s viral hit “NEVER” (currently sitting at 94 MILLION streams on Spotify–that’s no typo), O_Super’s planning a series of releases this year, including an ode to Japanese date sims, an Animal Crossing-inspired EP, and other TBA projects slated for this year.
DJ ROCKMAN (Austin, TX) Vincent Banks, better known as DJ R.O.C.K.M.A.N., is an Austin, TX native who first touched a turntable at the early age of 3. Mentored by his father, a notable Hip-Hop DJ from California, Vince developed an early ear for doo-wop, funk, and classic hip-hop sounds which have stayed with him across the years.Since the early 2000s, Vince has been playing shows in and around Austin, TX with a specific focus on Nerdcore while also weaving in hip-hop, R&B, house, and DnB into his sets where appropriate. He’s opened for notable artists such as Quest Love, Mega Ran, Janet Jackson and Random Movement and he runs several recurring parties including Blaxiumum Overdrive, Nerdcore Night, and DJ Sessions. He is also a part of the Everyday Junglist, Drum-Soul, and The Friday Night Get Down crews and is the official DJ of Classic Game Fest.
RAISI-K (Albany, NY) Raisi K. That obscure producer you might have heard about. Raisi was viral before it was a thing, flipping classic video game samples into top notch hip-hop beats that your favorite rappers have freestyled on. Soundcloud legend by night, practicing lawyer by day.
K-Murdock Our host, K-Murdock (Washington, DC) Born & raised in Washington, DC, Kyle Murdock, who affectionately is called by many of his fans & friends “K”, is a self-proclaimed audio creative as well as a proud nerdy person of color! Murdock has worked professionally for the last 18 years as a producer in both the worlds of music and radio; From releasing critically acclaimed projects as a part of the group Panacea while signed to revered indie hip-hop label Rawkus Records to creating the audio profiles for XM Satellite Radio’s various hip-hop & jazz channels, K-Murdock’s self-proclaimed “Neosonic” (new-sound) productions have taken shape over the last decade and helped K not only garner respect from fans across the world but also collaborate with some of his favorite production contemporaries - DJ Spinna, DJ Nu-mark of Jurassic 5 & Nicolay of The Foreign Exchange as well as music legends like Wynton Marsalis & Quincy Jones. K’s abilities to successfully sample any & EVERYTHING he finds or is commissioned to have allowed him to work with a range of music artists including Grammy-nominated R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn to the Capcom-licensed emcee Mega Ran, whose music has helped galvanize the hip-hop sub-genre called “nerdcore". K, who majored in audio production while in school at Howard University, currently teaches classes in that very field at various universities in the Washington, DC area while continuing to work as a freelance audio producer & engineer, routinely doing work for a variety of notable individuals & companies. Additionally, the Red Bull Music Academy alumnus, also co-operates the imprint Random Beats Music along with the aforementioned artist Mega Ran, who he’s been creating music and touring the world with since 2010 when they released their love letter to the hip-hop & video game cultures, via the album Forever Famicom.
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