Article by PatrickD    (01-07-11 05:16 PM)
Pittsburgh, PA - January 6, 2011 - Tekkoshocon, Pittsburgh's anime, video gaming, and Japanese pop culture convention, is pleased to announce Pennsylvania born and internationally known rapper Random, aka Mega Ran, as its first musical guest.

Random, a Philadelphia native and Penn State graduate, got his start making beats on PlayStation's MTV Music Generator. This led to a position as producer and engineer with a local studio, where he recorded his first demo during downtime. Anime and gaming fans know him best for his video game inspired albums, MEGA RAN and MEGA RAN 9, and FOREVER FAMICOM, a collaborative release with acclaimed producer K-Murdock. His newest project, sampling tunes from Final Fantasy VII, is scheduled to release on January 31.

A teacher by day, Random performs at gaming, hiphop, and comic events worldwide and is signed to Japanese label River City Records. Random's music has received press coverage in Wired Magazine, The Phoenix New Times, URB Magazine, Game Developer, Nintendo Power, Blender, and more. He can be heard in game and movie soundtracks, in television spots, and on

Random will be performing in concert on Friday, April 1, 2011, as part of the four day Tekkoshocon IX event. He will also participate in autograph signings and other activities throughout the weekend. Registration for Tekkoshocon is currently available with a preregistration discount on

ABOUT TEKKOSHOCON, INC.: Founded in 2002, Tekkoshocon, Inc. is devoted to the enrichment and enlightenment of the Japanese animation and culture fan communities of Western Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. Now planning their ninth annual TEKKOSHOCON convention to be held March 31 - April 3 at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, Tekkoshocon Inc. is prepared to bring top-class industry guests, musical acts, events, panels, workshops, video game tournaments, costume competitions, and other exciting attractions for the enjoyment and benefit of Pittsburgh's Anime scene.

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