Nerdcore rap artist Mega Ran is a big Mega Man fan — it’s in the name. Now he has announced a team-up with Noveliss, of the Detroit hip-hop group Clear Soul Forces, to produce the ultimate Mega Man X tribute album: Maverick Hunters.
Mega Ran and Noveliss use several classic melodies from the Mega Man X series to illustrate stories of a changing world (“Dream Summer”), not-so-distant memories (“Memory Card”), and pro-wrestling rivalry (“Clash of the Titans”). Producers Hiro Beats, Yon Li, and DJ DN3 helped with the beats. A bonus track, “Grove of Titans,” is included on the Bandcamp release, produced by Young RJ of Slum Village and featuring RoQy TyRaiD.
“I’ve always been a Mega Man classic and X guy,” Mega Ran says, “but Noveliss has been a fan of Zero since the beginning. His enthusiasm for those games has made me revisit them and while challenging, they arguably have the most engaging story of the entire series… and not to mention the soundtrack. It’s so underrated.”
Noveliss adds, “Zero was always the coolest looking character in the universe… the sword, the weapons… he was who I wanted to be. I played through every game in the series faithfully, enamored by his mysterious nature and strong will. I try to bring that to this album.”
Mavrick Hunters is available now through these storefronts, and that’s not all. There’s even a music video, “Memory Card,” which you can watch below. The video was directed by ShotByDub.