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.
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.