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Ray Lewis, the musician? Ex-Raven releases snippet of new single

Meet Ray Lewis ... the singer? Ravens legend releases snippet of first single on Instagram.

There is a saying in the entertainment industry: Athletes want to be artists, and artists want to be athletes.

Retired from the playing field but still an ESPN analyst, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis appears to be the next sports figure trying his hand at music. On Wednesday, Lewis posted a snippet of his single, “Can You Stand the Rain,” on his Instagram page.

“Here’s an early taste of my song Can You Stand The Rain – coming soon!!,” he wrote next to the hashtags #ep #raylewis #music #newsingle #canyoustandtherain #52 and #raylewis52.

Lewis’ motivational-speaking voice — recognizable to any Ravens fan — is heard at the beginning of the snippet.

“That’s why men cry for women. That’s why women, women — can I slow down to honor a woman?” he asks. A voice — and it’s not obvious it is Lewis’ — comes on next to sing, “Mama, if you hear me, I’m sorry for the pain.”

As of Thursday evening, the post had more than 1,500 likes. There is no official word yet on when the full song will be released.

In 2013, Under Armour sponsored “Natural Born Hitters,” a collaboration between Lewis and artist Pharrell Williams. Lewis’ motivational speeches about training and practice were placed over beats made by Williams.

The 13-time Pro Bowler retired in 2012, the same year the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers. Since then, he’s been a regular on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

Last year, a bronze statue of Lewis was unveiled outside of M&T Bank Stadium. In October, he released a New York Times best-selling memoir, “I Feel Like Going On.”

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