If you missed it, late last week a mixtape hit the interwebs under the title “Natural Born Hitters”. The concept is simple. Grammy award winning producer Pharrell Williams (Neptunes, N.E.R.D. and the man behind the biggest mega-hits of the summer-Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”) “collaborated” with former Baltimore Ravens LB (and future Hall of Famer) Ray Lewis. The producer laid beats underneath Ray Lewis speeches to make them sound like songs.
The entire mixtape is roughly only 4:30 and includes three tracks-”Training”, “Practice” and “Pregame”. You can listen to all tracks in the video below.
You can listen to the tracks individually here via Soundcloud. The collaboration cannot be considered surprising, as football players in recent years have admitted to have Lewis speeches on their iPods. It does humorously come on the heels of Ravens QB Joe Flacco telling ESPN The Magazine he didn’t always understand Lewis’ speeches.
“I love Ray, and I love how he always spoke from the heart, but if you listened to those speeches, a lot of them didn’t even make sense. He meant everything he was saying, but I didn’t know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time.”
Maybe Flacco will understand better when he listens to them over Pharrell’s beats?