Question: What do you get when you combine a Red Hat engineer and a rapper?
Answer: A music video called “We Love Raleigh.”
Bryan Totty, an engineer in Red Hat’s global support services team as well as a rapper who bills himself simply as Totty, wrote the song, recorded it in his recording studio and included it in his album, “Oak City.”
The nearly 4-minute video, which also features a cast of extras who are also Red Hat employees, originally was produced by the Raleigh-based company solely for internal consumption. But it proved to be so popular with employees that Red Hat released it publicly last week, according to spokeswoman Emily Stancil Martinez.
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The song is first and foremost an ode to the culture at the open source software company, which employs 1,200 workers at its downtown Raleigh headquarters. Sample lyric: “Engineering a masterpiece every single day.”
But Totty also raps rhapsodic about the city: “We love Raleigh/And we will not stop.”
Red Hat clearly hopes that it will serve as a recruitment tool, given that the text at the end of the video reads: “We are Red Hat and we’re hiring.”
Watch the video below.