San Jose State University – #FORRYAN How One Player Changed A Team Foreever

Great article about how SJSU went on a tear after Ryan passed away. His Hootless mantra united a tribe of Spartans and helped them climb to a #9 ranking in the country. Something that SJSU has never been done before. Full story here.

Thank you SJSU for writing this piece of truly hootless content. The mantra “Zero Hoots” means something unique to everyone who embraces it. This is a great story about how it can empower a team to come together and dominate son.

Damn it Feels Good to be Hootless – by Sling Ping Melendez

What does it mean to give zero hoots?

Be yourself, son. Don’t pay attention to the trouts, son. The first time I heard 3Pac was when I got home after giving too many hoots at work. I walked upstairs and found my best friend, Goose, lying on the floor watching the YouTube video “AINT STOPPIN (BEAST MODE ACTIVATED). He says, “Dude, you gotta see this.” 90 seconds into the song and I was free of all hoots — I was healed son.

I’d like to preface the rest of this story with my initial concern — was I out of the ZHG for not knowing 3Pac before he passed? As you could imagine, I felt that there would be some resistance from those who knew 3. I told Willie J about this concern. I was stoked when he supported my vision of being an advocate for future hootless warriors who embody 3Pac’s mantra.

Before I got blessed by the Ancient Silverback on Youtube, I was beatsquat. I’d wake up at 4am for work feeling sorry for myself, giving a hoot everyday, letting the little things get to me; all while losing touch with friends, loved ones, and myself. This included poor health and wanting to be alone all the time. The new role I settled in demanded a lot from me — both physically and mentally. I was struggling with rigorous east-coast hours and a lack of any work-life balance. I very easily lost sight of what mattered — living your life by your own standards, not anyone else’s.

For example — there was a day I remember being especially beat. I was living in a world where I thought my place of work owed me more recognition for the work I was doing. In my eyes, I was sacrificing more than anyone. I had a certain account I was chasing forever. I was going to extremes getting in at 4am for months trying to connect with a President of this company. I realized I called this guy more times this year than I did my mother, father, sister, and best friends COMBINED. I became too busy for those closest to me.

Before seeing 3Pac on Youtube, I would come home from work and sit on the couch not saying shit to anyone, living in a negative silence. No energy. No motivation to do anything. Watching everyone else living their lives on social media. What I failed to realize at the time was this: if you put zero in, you get zero out. This is especially true in your personal life.

Fast forward to the day I come home from work, hearing Goose cracking up by himself upstairs. We spent the next hour enjoying watching 3Pac give zero hoots in his music videos. We couldn’t get enough of it. That afternoon was different for once; yet very familiar. We were back to our normal selves, making fun of everything, having a good time, appreciating life again. We realized how lucky we were to live at Pico, in Santa Barbara, with loving families, loyal friends, our health, and a little chedda son. It’s funny how a couple good laughs cured us of our hoots. We spent the rest of the afternoon laughing at how beat we have been for the last few months.

One video in particular stood out to me: “DAMN IT FEELS GOOD TO BE 3PAC”. I rewatched this again and again before I went to sleep; laughing watching 3Pac having fun, tearing up Chuck E. Cheese, rolling around in the grass, being himself. I saw a lot of myself in this video; and I think that’s what 3Pac does best. He’s a reflection of everyone’s hootless self. A kid at heart, but a beast in the booth son.

“Damn it feels good to be 3Pac,

All of my dreams came true,

Haters said I wouldn’t make it,

Now they’re really upset”

– 3Pac

Since being exposed to 3Pac and the ZHG, I’ve been happier, healthier, and hoot-free. I’ve learned that we were put on this Earth to act out of love, not hate. Whenever I feel myself giving a hoot, I think about my favorite 3Pac videos and feel better.

I cannot imagine how much happiness he brought his family, friends, teammates, chedda mommas, etc. Furthermore, how much sadness was felt when he left us. But, what I can speak to is the positive effect Ryan’s had on people after his passing — even those who didn’t know him. Like Willie J said, it’s up to us to send hootless energy into the universe to keep the legend alive.

“Maybe one day they’ll understand why I be doin all this,

But for now they don’t, but that’s okay

Cuz Im’a keep doin me

The voice of a new generation,

The youth is in my hands

Make the world a better place

With this music that I make,

Damn it feels good to be 3Pac”

– 3Pac

We’re all one under the sun, son,


Here’s the original video Damn it Feels Good to be 3pac

P.S. I’d like to thank Willie J and the rest of the ZHG for your support. Please share your stories of 3Pac so we can all enjoy them too.

What’s a Trout?

“No trout, ballin out” – 3pac

The ZHG feels bad for trouts. They did not want to become trouts but societal pressures have forced them to live a life they do not want to live, swimming the wrong way up the stream and not going with the flow.

Don’t get me wrong, the ZHG still loves trouts, it is our responsibility to help them. The ZHG hopes to save the trouts and make sure, one day, they can come out of the stream and enjoy the beautiful nature of life.

Trouts might be negative, they might have a hard time being themselves, and they might have had a hard time with people accepting them for who they are. It’s normally not the trouts fault. They might have grown up around other trouts who taught them how to be a trout.

Please, do not act negative or mean to a trout. You have to understand they are who they are and part of giving zero hoots is accepting people who have a different opinion than your own. The best way to ward off a trout is to educate them on what it means to give zero hoots. If they do not want to hear it, give the trout their space. The goal of the ZHG is harmony for all humans.

Zero Hoots, the meaning.

Chances are you’ve heard “zero hoots” through 3pac, the hootless warrior, who coined the term. Though 3pac and I have had many discussions about the art of giving zero hoots, please understand this is my opinion. Essentially, 3pac wants you to interpret it for yourself.

Throughout my life I have given hoots and given zero hoots. The art of giving zero hoots makes me think about the root of the hoot.

In my mind, Zero Hoots doesn’t mean not caring about anyone or anything. Rather, you are comfortable being yourself, aligned with your values, and persistently overcoming obstacles.

As 3pac says, “The hoot is the root of all evil”.

If you want to have a family, help the homeless, be political, protect the environment, raise kids, that’s awesome because that is who you are. if something doesn’t resonate with your Self, zero hoots should be given. Sometimes we have to fight for we do not like, to protect our values and identity. For example, not everyone loves their job, but if your job gives you freedom to explore your passion, then maybe it’s worth caring about.

Giving a hoot takes a lot of energy. Energy is a finite resource. 3pac is able to deflect hoots for what truly matters in his life. The ZHG. Energy needs to be burned and hoots need to be released. Since you only have a finite amount of lifetime energy, you need to be cautious of letting hoots waste your power.

Why do you think people hand out hoots like high fives on a baseball field? It’s probably because they worry about the wrong things. Maybe, they lack something worth caring about. Maybe, you have to care about something meaningful before you can truly give zero hoots.

When we are younger, we are more receptive to these hoots. Since we haven’t quite found what we value, it’s hard to know what to give hoots about. Unimportant hoots can get trapped in the body and be hard to release later in life. Hopefully as we grow, we can continue to learn what is important to us, so we can understand the root of the hoot.

Does zero hoots mean being indifferent? Personally, I do not think so because 3pac is decisive. He gets the bread and the chedda. He doesn’t lay on the couch all day, afraid of the world, worrying about his life, and acting self-pitied. I remember 4 years ago when youtube put a ban on his channel 3pactv. They took down his most popular videos and he lost thousands of views (I’m Swaggin’ & Swag Like Osama). Was 3pac indifferent to the incident, defeated by youtube and decided to stop making music? Of course not. In true hootless fashion, 3pac made a new channel called 3pactvhd and reuploaded his most popular videos. 3pac doesn’t care about adversity in the face of his goals. He does what he thinks is important and noble. The most admirable quality about 3pac is that he can constantly overcome adversity and not give a hoot about it.

At the end of the day, I’m still trying to decipher what it truly means to give zero hoots. A lot of us are. Also, I’m sure my opinion will change on my journey to the last hoot. I want to invite all of the ZHG to let me know what they think it means to be hootless. Together we can rid the world of hoots.

“Don’t give a hoot bout the wack shit son” – 3pac

One Love. Zero Hoots.


Judy Cerda – Story about 3pac

When Ryan (3pac) asked me to do the Hustlin music video, he sent me the song and I thought it was great immediately.  I liked the words in it and how it defied haters and showed his strength in all his work plus it had a great beat.  I thought the message was excellent as it exemplified what he stood for and what I still stand for; doing what you want with your life and not letting anyone stop you or get in your way.  He explained to me that he wanted a Heaven and Hell scene so we would be both angels and devils.  He wanted to make it horror themed which I loved since I act in so many horror movies and it has always been my favorite genre.  He also felt it touched on the subject of the illuminati.  This is still my favorite song of his out of all of his great songs.
He mentioned we should dress up as angels in white for the Heaven scenes and then as devils for the Hell scenes.  The only white dress I had was my wedding dress which I had also worn for films and other music videos so that was easy.  I also mentioned I could wear my crown which I had worn for other shoots playing queens as well as I thought that would give me an angelic look.  I put on white eye liner and made my make up look as “heavenly” as I could.  So on the date of the shoot, Ryan and his photographer (Seb) picked me up at home and drove us to a location near a university that had beautiful flowers.  We stopped on the way though at a Starbucks for his photographer to get a drink.  Ryan jokingly mentioned to me that “at least TMZ wasn’t following us yet”.  I told him to be prepared as that would start happening to him soon.  He seemed to like that and really smiled about it.  Then we proceeded to our location.  However, the university was packed with people that day and different events going on.  I saw people checking us out as we walked around the campus probably thinking we were a wedding party since I had on a wedding dress and Ryan was dressed like a groom, and we had a photographer with a big camera walking with us.  Since we couldn’t find a good spot to film without people around, Seb suggested we go to a garden area where there were beautiful flowers to film the Heaven scene.  The spot turned out to be perfect!  Ryan and I loved it!  Ryan mentioned it was “meant to be” for us to film at this other location since it was better than where he had originally planned.  We were able to dance on hills and walk around the flower garden which made for beautiful scenery.  When Ryan had to lie down for the awakening scene, we worried the grass would stain his light colored suit so I put down my black jacket for him to lie on that instead.  He wasn’t sure he wanted to lie down for the scene because of all the grass and dirt but Seb insisted it would be a great shot (and he was right) so he did it.  After we got footage there, as planned, they dropped me off at home so I could change my outfit and make up to look like a devil.  The plan was to drive to his house later to film the Hell scenes.
So after a few hours, I was ready and drove to Ryan’s house to film the devil scenes.  I wore a red velvet dress with devil horns from Halloween outfits.  The whole garage at his house was set up with candles, dry ice and made to look like Hell.  They were so creative to set this up!  His dog was very curious about what we were doing and kept trying to come out in the garage and check everything out.  The dry ice didn’t quite work as it was set up above on a beam in the garage and didn’t seem to give us the smokey look we wanted.  Plus, Ryan being the considerate person he was, was very worried about the dry ice box above us falling on us.  When the dry ice wasn’t producing enough of a smoke screen look, his photographer took it down so it wouldn’t fall on anybody.
Then Ryan handed me a super hot lantern not realizing it was so hot.  I touched it and exclaimed that it was hot!  He then touched it and agreed that it was super hot and had to cool off first.  We laughed about that.  When it cooled off, we did the scenes with the lantern.  Then Ryan suggested we lie down on the floor for another scene inside of the candles.  As soon as I proceeded to lie down, Seb yelled out “Judy, watch your hair!”  My hair had almost hit the candles which would have been a disaster and caused a fire.  We laughed about it though and then we moved the candles out more so I could get into the space without burning my hair.  As we filmed that scene, Seb stepped up on something to film us from above and bumped into something that came crashing down.  Ryan jumped up and exclaimed “Is everybody okay”?  He looked so scared and so worried but we were all alright and nothing had hit any of us.  Then he filmed the scenes with the fish which were so funny.  They had gone to the store earlier and bought some trout for the video.  Although the fish was dead of course, I still had to look the other way and couldn’t watch him cutting the fish.  I don’t eat any kind of seafood as I consider fish pets and just couldn’t watch it.  They laughed at how I had to turn my back and look away from that.  After that we did the rest of our scenes with ease.  We also laughed about how we almost had a few accidents.  I told them that was par for the course when doing a “horror” themed shoot as I had experienced little mishaps before in horror films.  As soon as we were done, we went in the house where Ryan, being anxious to edit the music video, and Seb started immediately editing the video.  I watched some of it and we talked for a long time.  A friend of his also came by and watched as they were editing.  When it got late, I finally went home and we all agreed it had been a great day.  I thoroughly enjoyed filming that music video and will always consider it a special memory that will remain in my mind forever.
Judy Cerda

3PAC, The Legend

I remember when Ryan first came into the world, I was about a year and a half and to be honest. I was a little bit confused. At first I didn’t really know what to think about it, I mean I now only half the attention from my parents. But as I got older, I realized I had the perfect partner in crime to do ANYTHING and my Mom and Dad only gave us twice as much love.

After thinking about all  the stories and the ways Ryan affected our lives, one theme is really apparent to me. Ryan lived with love and not fear. Ryan was never afraid to be himself and live the life he wanted to live.

Ryan and I did a lot together. We started swimming when he was 4 and I was 5, we both loved trains, we both were super into power rangers, we both went in with my dad to buy a nintendo 64 so we could play mario kart for hours, we dug a hole in my backyard and found a treasure chest, we played catch, which lead to home run derby and then we played on the same baseball team, the Angels. We both went to Priory together, we played flag football together, we golfed together at deep cliff, he actually won a golf tournament when he was 11 (between that trophy and him within a little league championship) he always had bigger trophys than me and I was pretty jealous. After baseball it was paintball, after paintball it was airsoft, then skateboarding, then mountain biking, then archery… and so on. Ryan and I were driving my parents absolutely crazy. It seemed like every month we had a new enfatuation with some new hobby. Thankfully our parents were there the whole time to support us and let us try everything we ever wanted to do. This is another example of how Ryan lived with love and not fear. He was never afraid to try new things and whenever he tried something new, he dedicated himself 100% and love every second of it.

It wasn’t until High School when Ryan and I got really into making music together. He was really good at it. Soon after, he produced a song for a bay area grammy nominated artist Del. Also, after the SF giants won the world series, we made a song together called “We are the Champions”.

From there he developed the character 3pac and a brand “zero hoots”.

Through his brand and mantra, Ryan empowered people to be themselves. He taught people to give zero hoots about what others thought about them. He taught people how to love themselves and not be afraid to be the person they wanted to be. Since his passing, I have received countless messages from fans telling me they were depressed and suicidal, but once they heard Ryan’s music and his “zero hoots” attitude, they were able to find comfort in being who they wanted to be. Throughout Ryan’s whole life he was living with love and not making decisions based off fear. Now he was teaching thousands of others how to do the same.

Over the past few years, Ryan was able to gain over 20 thousand followers on youtube and perform shows in Palo Alto, San Louis Obispo, Montana, Canda and Utah. His popularity was growing quickly. On top of finishing up school and lifeguarding at the YMCA he continued to build his brand because he loved the connection he had with his fans. Three weeks ago, his friend Tad interviewed Ryan and Ryan told him a story about how he recently went to a Homestead High School football game and was immediately recognized by everyone. One student walked up to him in near tears and started telling Ryan how hard the past few months had been, but after hearing about his music he was able to get through it. He asked Ryan if they could speak on the phone sometime. Without hesitation, Ryan gave him his cell number and told him to call on Sunday. Ryan loved his fans and was never afraid to talk to them on a personal level. Once again, another example of how Ryan lived with love and not feat.

Also, Ryan constantly had people adding him as friends on facebook. Here is a message from one of his fans, Jay Albert…

A little more than a year ago , I decided to add Ryan on Facebook after a year of watching his YouTube videos. During that same time I was going through depression, and was attending therapy and also on anti depressants. I was posting a lot of negative statuses on my page due to the depression, and then one day Ryan messaged me “son you’re giving way too many hoots. I want to save you son, be part of the zero hoots gang son and never give hoots again son. And with the private message I went from a simple YouTube viewer to a member of his Facebook group “Zero Hoots Gang” where him and his fans communicated and kept in touch about the importance of not giving hoots. Ryan “3pac” Harryman, was more than an entertainer to me. He reached out to me, kept in touch with me, and became family through ZHG.”

His followers were never afraid to confront him about their issues. People found comfort in talking to Ryan. Not only was Ryan living with love and not fear, but now, so were his fans who he included in his family.

Ryan may have physically left us from earth, but I know his spirit will live on forever. The Zero Hoots movement is too powerful and has affected so many people’s lives. Ryan built it and we will come together to preserve it.

In the near future, I want to make the zero hoots website a sanctuary for people to share stories about how Ryan inspired them to make music, get through difficult times, and be theirself. Also, in Ryan’s honor, I want to build a recording studio in Santa Barbara for anyone who needs help recording music and creating art. In the long term I want to build a zero hoots center. A “hoot free” zone that allows people to walk in escape the hoots. My vision is a center with painting rooms, jam rooms for muscians, recording studios, meditation rooms, yoga rooms, and locally grown food with healthy eating options. Ya gotta eat dem greens son. You’re all invited, but please remember to leave all your hoots at the door.

Ryan, it is an honor to be your brother and I am so proud of you. You taught me how to live with love and not make decisions off fear. In your own words, “We are All One Under the Sun Son”.

Thank you.

Willie J