Gregory Brothers turn hitchhiking hero into AutoTuned “SMASH”

Kai's viral interview has been transformed into a  heartfelt and uplifting anthem.


Michelle Jaworski


Published Feb 7, 2013   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 1:46 am CDT

Kai, the homeless hitchhiker who saved a woman from a racist man with his hatchet last Friday, took a cue from the Incredible Hulk with his message for anyone who ignores basic moral principles: SMASH, SMASH, SMASH.

The Gregory Brothers have long taken memorable quotes from politicians and witnesses alike and turned their colorful words into catchy, songified hits. Just look at Antoine Dodson, George Lindell and Paul “Bear” Vasquez.

Now they’ve taken notice of Kai’s tale of heroics and turned his interview into a heartfelt and uplifting anthem.

“It was so bizarre, but it was such a story of heroism,” Michael Gregory told KMPH via Skype on discovering Kai’s interview.

“And what I was excited about for the song was not only did it have the melody of heroism that was very specific to the situation, it also had the post-chorus statement that it could apply to anybody in any walk of life.”

“Not only was he a hero and able to kinda spontaneously act in this situation, but he has this amazing attitude and message of equality for all people,” Andrew Gregory added.

The Gregory Brothers highlight that message and latch onto Kai’s catchphrase of “SMASH SMASH SMASH” to describe how he stopped 54-year-old Jett Simmons McBride from harming a woman in his interview with KMPH reporter Jessob Reisbeck.

“No matter what you’ve done you deserve respect,” Kai sang. “Even if you make mistakes, you lovable.”

But if you ignore some of those basic moral principles—or in this case, try to harm others while claiming to be Jesus Christ—prepare to feel the wrath of Kai.

“If he started driving that car again, there’d be a hell of a lot of bodies round here,” Kai explained.

Kai just might be the hero West Fresno, Calif. needs.

Photo via schmoyoho/YouTube

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*First Published: Feb 7, 2013, 5:18 pm CST