Brock Lesnar doesn't need any help being terrifying, but don't tell that to wrestling-obsessed rapper Mega Ran, who has given the Beast's entrance theme a monstrous remix.
Teaming with producer Lynx Kinetic, Ran – aka Raheem Jarbo, a former teacher and "video-game influenced performance artist" raised in Philadelphia – has reworked Lesnar's WWE music into a bruising new track called "Here Comes the Pain." It's the first of seven wrestling themes he and Kinetic plan on premiering each Monday until WrestleMania as part of a series they've dubbed "Monday Night Ran."
So why start with Brock? Why not?
"I've been watching wrestling since 1984 with varying degrees of intensity," Kinetic says. "Brock is the most dominant superstar in WWE today – and maybe ever. I love his attitude, his in-ring work and his overall presence. Every show seems bigger and more important when he is involved."
"I think Brock will dig this," Ran adds. "The trash-talking is on par with a lot of his UFC interviews [and] this is perfect music to clang-and-bang to in the weight room."
Makes you want to F5 your boss, doesn't it? Ran and Kinetic say they took inspiration for the remix from longtime WWE music composer Jim Johnston's work and the company's delightfully dumb 2000 album WWF Aggression, and the influence of both is readily apparent on "Here Comes the Pain." The song will also be featured on Mat Mania: The Album, along with remixed versions of themes from other current WWE stars (Bray Wyatt also made the cut) and icons like "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Ran says he'll release the album for free on March 30 through his official site.
The project was born out of both men's lifelong love of pro wrestling, and though they haven't heard from anyone at WWE about it yet, there's still time for that to change. Let's just say Kinetic and Ran are open to the idea of collaborating.
"That's the next step, hopefully. This is a fan creation we've put together, just as a tribute to the awesome product they've given us for years," Ran says. "I'm hoping if anyone at WWE hears this, they'll flip over it…we'll gladly perform any of these tracks at 'WrestleMania' for free. I can probably fit it into our schedules."