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Ze: Some of you may remember, that back in September, we were introduced to a small piece of audio by a man named Ray.

Ray's daughter had had a bad day at work, and not knowing what else to do, Ray recorded her a song, called, "Whip somebody's ass."

The song is a bit of an anthem, for anyone who is having a bad day at work. And as Ray says: If you can't sing it out loud, at least you can hum it to yourself.

Wanting to give something back, I asked the Sportsracers whether they'd be willing to make remixes of the song, which I would then deliver.

Nearly a hundred remixes were submitted, ranging from Techno to Hip-Hop, to Blues to Classical.

One remix in particular by a guy named goose has since been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. That remix inspired a collaborative project to make a music video for Ray, which was finished two weeks ago.

Sportsracers also submitted designs for album covers to help me deliver the final product.

Delivering, however, had some initial challenges.

Back when the remixes started coming in, searching for "Whip somebody's ass" didn't exactly yield helpful results.

Having nothing but his first name and the sound of his voice, I asked the Sportsracers to help find him.

By tracking emails and even making phone calls, they found him -- in two days.

Creepy? Maybe, but in this case with good intentions.

And all of that leads us here, to St. Louis, Missouri, where we're going to meet Ray, and I'm gonna be handing off all of your hard work.

[Black screen with text: "RAY -- IN HIS OWN WORDS", Ray's song playing in the background]

Ray: Hi, my name is Ray.

I am a minister, uhm, a father, uhh, teacher, erm, scholar, a researcher, tour leader to Egypt every year. I am a pilot, you know, uh, anthropologist, philosophical anthropologist, but the main thing I'd really like to say is: I'm a student, you know, because I'm still learning.

What made me record this song, how it went through my head, how the whole thing just came into existence, is my daughter picked up, the phone rang, my daughter was on the phone, and when I answered, you know, "Hey sweetheart", and she was kinda really upset, man, she had just started this job, and, she had only been on it a week and a half, maybe, and something went wrong on the job, she didn't like it and she actually walked off the job, to the parking lot, you know, to try to get her head squared away, and she called me on her cell phone, and she was ready to leave. I said, you know, "Ramona, listen, you just got the job, okay, you just got an appartment, alright, you don't need to be leaving the job, you know," especially as hard as it is to find a job now. And she was so out of it, man, you know, she actually called me to ask me to pray for her. Okay? Uhm, you know, being a minister, alright, and she called me for words of encouragement. And as I began to talk to her, I said, okay, you know, she grew up with just about everything I know, as far as "be encouraged, be strong, da-da-da-da-da," you know, so, saying something religious wouldn't have worked, you know, so I said, "Okay, baby, here is what I want you to do: I want you to exercise what we psychologists refer to as creative resistance," okay, and I said, "Now, when you're ready to go in to your job, I want you to just close your eyes," you know, and of course I presented it like I was getting ready to say a short prayer or something to her, and I said "I want you to say these words: [starts singing] I'm about to whip somebody's ass," you know, [starts laughing] and, and man, she screamed, I mean she actually screamed on the other end of the phone, you know, and: Mission Accomplished.

When I saw the effect that it had on my daughter, I said maybe this will help somebody, but of course I didn't know how to get it out to people, so I just emailed it to my daughter, and I emailed it to my associate, one of my associate ministers. Her name is Alice, and next thing I know is it's all over the Internet. [laughs]

You know, here in St. Louis, in one of the schools here, a minister, a friend of mine, heard me talking about it on the radio, you know, they were playing it here on the radio, and when she heard my voice, she recognized my voice, and told her coworkers "Oh that is pastor Hagins," you know, she recognized my voice, and she told all of her coworkers "He is a very good friend of mine, da-da-da-da-da-da-da," but she didn't know what was coming, you know, and it's deep man, because she had just kind of huddled her coworkers around the radio right quick, and after telling her coworkers I'm her friend, I'm her pastor, I started singing "I'm about to whip somebodys ...," and man, she just buried her head in her arms. She called me, and she said, "Pastor, have you lost your mind?" And I said, "What?" And she said, "That song!" That's all she said, "That song. Do you really think that was appropriate," you know, "as a pastor?" And I told her straight up, I said, "Deb, listen. The Lord gave me that song. I know that is gonna be hard for you to grab, but when my daughter called me, those were the words that came out."

I was improvising this, I didn't write it out, you know, so I'm just letting the words come out as is coming to me, [starts singing] If you don't leave me alone... of course I'm thinking: she's at work, what she just described to me, if you don't leave me alone, you're gonna have to send me home, 'cause I'm about to whip somebody's ass, you know, and, man, she went back in work, and, of course she's gotten some negative feedback from the song from people who know that I'm her dad and I'm a pastor, you know, "What kinda preacher is your father if he's gonna sing some kind of song like this?" And, and really, you know, it has been offensive to some, it has been offensive, because people feel like, as a minister I should not use that kind of language, I should not talk like that. I'm not bound by those idiosyncrasies, you know, my thing is, "Keep it real, man." We got a lot of people out here who are double faced in the name of religion, the're thinking it, but they won't say it, right, and that ain't cool, you know, you should be you, be yourself, at all times. Just be yourself, man, and people will appreciate you for it, you know, people will respect you for it, even if they don't agree with you, at least they will respect you for it.

I had to do a lecture in Dallas, and the people who picked me up from the airport, you know, the young lady was driving, her coworker next to her, riding in the back seat, and they were taking me to my hotel, and all of a sudden she just started humming, [hums his song], and of course my ears picked it up, and I said: "You're humming my song." She said, "What do you mean I'm humming your song?" I said, "The song you're hummin', I wrote that." She said, "No, this is a song we sing around in the office, at the job." I said, "Is it: I'm about to whip somebody's ass?" She said, "How did you know?" I said, "I told you I wrote it!" She said, "No, you didn't." So I started into: "Hi, I'm Ray, and on yesterday my daughter..." and that's how far I got, and she screamed, man, she just screamed, and she picked up the phone and called her coworkers, "Guess who I got in the car with me! Guess who I got in the car with me!"

There's a lady, one of my listeners on the Internet, who lives in South Carolina, her name is Marita. She is a polster worker. And she plays the song for her supervisor, you know, as a way of saying, "Listen: Better back up." [laughs]

I learned to sing, uhm, genetically. Runs in my family. And then, of course, I'm a musician, I've been a musician, choir master, since 13 years old. So singing is what I do, one of the things that I do. I teach voice in fact, I used to have the largest black-owned music training center in Paterson, New Jersey, where I'm from.

I'm a cognitive psychologist, and what really propelled me into the area, the discipline of cognitive psychology is dealing with church people. I've been in church all my life.

I'm really about healing my people. And when I say my people, I do mean in particular Black African people. My people have been disillusioned, misled, mistaught, miseducated, as a result of the psycho paradigm that many of my people hold, we're in a condition that only we can rescue ourselves from. So, my life, my entire life is really spent in trying to heal through right knowledge, through proper education, especially cultural awareness of our historical past as African-Americans living in this country.

We're all interconnected to each other. Creation itself is. That's the whole principle behind understanding cosmogeny. In our school of philosophical thought, there is a principle that comes from ancient Egypt, and that word is pronounced "ma'at," it's spelled m-a-a-t. Ma'at means, or I shouldn't say means, but is summed up in truth, justice, righteousness, harmony, balance, reciprocity, right order of things. I try to teach ma'at to our people. Now, here's the deep thing about it: Ma'at is not color-bound, there is not a matter of race or nationality, creed, when it comes to Ma'at. Ma'at simply says: "Everything should be as it is." Let me use an example. And this is just coming to me, I hope it makes sense. Let's take birds, for example. Birds are all interconnected, because they're birds, but yet you will never see an eagle leading a flock of geese, you see what I'm saying, or you'll never see a robin hanging out with a blue jay. But yet they're all birds, they do what they're supposed to do within the confines of nature itself, and consequently we have what we call the universe. So, it's not about... See, where we mess up as a people is we become anti-other, you see, and we shouldn't do that. Just do what you do, do what you're wired to do, do what God made you to do naturally. Don't worry about trying to fight someone else, to tear someone else down, just do what you do. An eagle does what it does, a duck does what it does. You can go through the whole animal kingdom, you see, and the animal kingdom is fine. We highly intellectualized human beings are the only ones who made a mess out of this thing.

In my humble little way I'm just excited, Ze, that this is even happening. And to the hundreds of thousands of listeners out there who have been touched by this little jingle that I put together, the main things that I would say is: Get to know who you are. Know yourself. That is the key principle in life, in fact one of the ancient principles that's taught in ancient Egypt. It's over every doorway or portal, in every temple in ancient Egypt, it says: "Man, know thyself. For in knowing thyself, thou shalt know God." Know the truth. Take a stand for what you know what is right. And it's not hard to do that, whenever we do something that we should not do, a little check mark goes off right in here, that says: "Uh-uh-uh-uh-uh, that's not right, don't do that." Do what you know is right. Be yourself, be true to yourself. Isn't it deep that the Central Intelligence Agency has a motto, and that motto is: "And you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free." Well, that was stolen from Egypt, from the tomb of Seti I., where it actually says, "In knowing the truth, thy shalt find freedom." So, hey, stand for what you know is true, and everything will work out okay.

[Ray, holding three CDs in his hands] I got here in my hands some CDs and DVDs, that were given to me by Ze from you guys, and I am so honored. I mean like, first of all, being that I do audio and video production myself, I know the kind of work that goes into these, the work that you guys have put into this, and I'd like to say to every last one of you guys out there: Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know -- and I'll cry in a minute on you guys, too -- because I can't hope... When I know what I'm doing is touching somebody's life that's what makes it worth at all to me. So all of you guys out there who put all of this together just to let me know that I have touched your life, I thank you very much. And I wish Godspeed upon each one of you. And you touched somebody's life. I'd like to say the words to a song on that. It's a song that I sing a lot, it says:

Touch somebody's life with your goodness,
Touch somebody's life with your peace,
Touch somebody's life with your joy,
And it's amazing how your own life will increase.

May God bless you. Peace.

[Ray standing, listening to the song] Okay man, [laughs out loud] okay!



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