Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince Ea, is a controversial American spoken word artist and motivational speaker. After graduating from the University of Missouri–St. Louis with a degree in anthropology, he initially pursued a career as a hip hop artist. Inspired by artists like Immortal Technique and Canibus, he initiated the "Make S.M.A.R.T Cool" movement to promote values like intelligence, free thinking, unity, and creativity in hip-hop music and culture. In 2014, Prince Ea shifted his focus from music to creating motivational and inspirational spoken word films and content. His YouTube videos have received over 290 million views and over 5 million subscribers. These types of videos include topics such as environmentalism, race, work–life balance and spirituality. He credits his shift in perspective to the inspiration of ancient wisdom texts such as the Tao Te Ching and Bhagavad Gita.
|Birth name:||Richard Williams|
|Born:||September 16, 1988, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|Genres:||Hip hop, conscious hip hop, political hip hop, underground hip hop, alternative hip hop|
|Occupation(s):||Spoken word artist, activist and Motivational Speaker|
|Associated acts:||Wax, Immortal Technique, Canibus, Sha Stimuli, DJsNeverEndingStory|
|Website:||Prince Ea's Official site|
|Facebook:||Prince Ea's Facebook profile|
About Prince Ea
Born Richard Williams, he is a rapper, spoken word artist, and YouTuber with a passion for activism and social and political commentary. He has released mixtapes titled The Adolescence, The Mic in the Shoebox, The Compilation, and The Rejects. His YouTube channel has more than 4.9 million subscribers.
He received an anthropology degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and graduated with Latin honors.
He won the 2008 Vibe Verses Contest hosted by Vibe Magazine. He was featured by Discover Magazine in 2010. Upset with the music industry, he formed a movement called The "Make 'SMART' Cool" movement, SMART standing for "Sophisticating Minds And Revolutionizing Thought."
He has two older siblings and remained in St. Louis, Missouri for his entire upbringing.
Traphik, Immortal Technique, and others are supporters of his "Make 'SMART' Cool" movement.
Information related to Prince Ea
- Underground hip hop
- Rappers from St. Louis
- Midwest hip hop musicians