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Ray Lewis and Pharrell join forces on a mixtape (not an Onion article)

August 23, 2013

Have you ever thought to yourself, Self, I really dig these Ray Lewis inspirational speeches, but they could really use a backing beat?

Well, you’re in luck, because Pharrell, who is pretty much dominating your ear holes this summer, has done just that on the mixtape Natural Born Hitters. There are three tracks in all, with the longest clocking in at one minute and 34 seconds, and it is, well, Ray Lewis firing people up with his over-the-top speechifying backed by Pharrell beats. Which is to say it’s absurdly great. As Pitchfork rightly points out, it was only recently quarterback Joe Flacco told ESPN Lewis’s speeches were motivating but “I didn’t know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time.” Welp, they’re Pharrell-endorsed now, Flacco. Listen below.

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