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|Birth name||Corey Latif Williams|
|Genres||Soul, Contemporary R&B, Hip-hop, Pop|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Actor|
|Labels||Universal Motown Records & H.U.R.L.|
Corey Latif Williams, also known as simply Latif, is an American R&B singer and Grammy nominated songwriter. He was the winner of Teen People's Who's Next contest. He was a mentee of Teddy Pendergrass. He was once signed to Universal Motown Records.
Latif was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His early passion for music came mainly from his parents, who, ironically, were not musically-inclined. This passion for music developed into an interest in singing. A close friend of Latif's family, Teddy Pendergrass, served as a mentor for the young budding artist. It was this mentorship that taught Latif how to "deliver" songs. This relationship was nurtured by Latif being taken along with Teddy to various interviews and appearances. It was this that led to Latif being noticed by the daughter of a label executive. Which brought about his first recording contract with Sony/550.
Latif was given a demo deal, which helped him hone his writing skills, and gave him knowledge about the recording process. Latif's vocals were featured in a highly popular commercial for a local bank.
In 2001, the buzz from winning the competition was enough to draw the eye of Kedar Massenburg. This actually worked out well for Latif, because the "taste of spotlight" from the performance convinced him to tell his parents that he did not want to go back to Berklee College of Music. He wanted work on his music full-time. His mother gave him one semester to prove himself, or he had to go back to school. Massenburg became interested in Latif, and signed him to Universal Motown Records.
Latif's debut album on Universal Motown was called Love in the First. Only one single, "I Don't Wanna Hurt You" was released. It was mainly written by Latif, with production by Ryan Leslie, Bryan-Michael Cox, Adonis Shropshire, Greg Charley, Andy C, Teddy Bishop, Mechalie Jamison, D "French" Spencer, and Sean Garrett. Due to poor promotion, the album did not do well.
Latif is no longer signed to Universal Motown Records. He has garnered a large fanbase overseas. One song that may be attributed to his international popularity is "U Think U Know". He has also continued to write for other artists, such as JoJo, Cassie, The Roots, Jim Jones, Lil Scrappy, Tiffany Evans, Frankie J, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Cheri Dennis, and Musiq Soulchild to name a few. He has signed a co-publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).
- "I Don't Wanna Hurt You" (2003)
- "Think U Know" (2006)
- "Promise Me" (2010)
- "Don't Wanna Be" (2010)
- "One Kiss" (2011)
- "Crazy Love" (2011)
- "Above & Beyond" (2012)
- Love in the First (2003)
- Love Is Love (2010)
- Love Life (2011)
- IV Love (2013)
- Philadelphia Healing (2012)
- Dealing Wit Life (TBA)
- Breath of Fresh Air (2010)
- LATIF - The Leaks - H.U.R.L. & Love Songs Vol. 1 (2011)
Unreleased tracks & Leaks
- "B4 & After" (produced by Ryan Leslie)
- "It's Killin' Me"
- "Last Year/This Year" (produced by Ryan Leslie)
- "No Mystery" (produced by Ryan Leslie)
- "Ridah" (produced by Ryan Leslie)
- "Slo Roc"
- "Things Ain't the Same" (produced by Ryan Leslie)
- "Where Did the Love Go?" (produced by Ryan Leslie)
- "Fix That"
- "My Dove" (Produced by Stargate)
- "It's Over Now"
- "Set It Off"
- "Actin' Crazy"
- "I Got Her" (produced by Ryan Leslie)
- "Stop Sayin'" (produced by Ryan Leslie)
- "What's da Deal" (produced by Ryan Leslie)
- "Ride On"
- "Pretty Pink"
- "Ur Tha 1"
- "So Cold"
- "Anything 4 Ya Love"
- "Feel Good"
- "All I Never Wanted" (produced by Stargate)
- "So Real" (produced by Stargate)
- "Do Ya?"
- "Look" (produced by The Runners)
- "Love or Lust"
- "How Bizarre"
- "I Can Make Ya..."
- "Brain Freeze"
- "Forever and a Day"
- "E.F.F. Love"
- "Reason Why Ur 1st"
- "Rocket Science"
- "Never Looked Back"
- "Nowhere" (produced by Hit-Boy)
- "Camera Shy" (produced by Soulshock & Karlin)
- "Wasteland" (produced by Harvey Mason, Jr.)
- "I Won't Let You Go"
- "Kiddin' Me"
- "For The Sake of Love" (produced by Just Blaze)
- - * hooks written by Latif
|My Life*||Memphis Bleek||M.A.D.E.||2003|
|Why (What's Goin On?)*||The Roots||The Tipping Point||2004|
|Lil' Daddy*||Young City (aka Chopper)||Hustle & Flow OST||2005|
|Honey Dip*||Jim Jones||Harlem: Diary of a Summer|
|Serve 'Em*||Sonnie Carson||Almost Famous||2006|
|Paper Touchin*||Red Cafe||2007|
|I Want You More*||Akay||Comfort Zone||2008|
|Confessions*||Brittany Street||Confessions of A Martian|
|Strippin in the Club||DJ Diamond Kuts (Feat. Nicki Minaj & Ron Browz)||Her-Story In The Making||2009|
|What Should I Do*||Young Chris||The Network 2||2010|
|Dream Me There*||Audio Push||The Backstage Pass (Hosted by DJ ill Will & DJ Rockstar)|
|We Keep It Rockin*||Maino (Feat. Swizz Beatz, Jadakiss, Jim Jones & Joell Ortiz)||Keep It Rockin' EP||2011|
|Everything To Me*||Mansion T.U.T.T.|
|Cant Pimp Forever*||Sonnie Carson|
|One Two Many*||Sir Mikey Rocks (The Cool Kids)||The Rocks Report|
|S.S.*||Sir Mikey Rocks (The Cool Kids)||The Rocks Report|
|So Close||Dannie Phantom Feat. BrandUn Deshay||DANIMAL : Tiger Tales|
|The Gutta*||Bread Feat. Shiz Lansky||2012|
|Antidote*||Sir Mikey Rocks (The Cool Kids)||Premier Politics 1.5|
|We Own The Night||Sonnie Carson Feat. Jim Jones||Flight #2012|
|Sometimes*||Sonnie Carson||Flight #2012|
|Virtue*||Sonnie Carson||Flight #2012|
|Soldiers*||iCan Feat. Freeway||¥€$ project|
|Where's Summer?*||Brandun Deshay||Reebok Classics 2012|
|Expensive Taste*||Beanie Sigel||This Time|
|Christmas In Compton (Theme Song)*||Kumasi Simmons||Christmas In Compton - Movie|
|Temptation Girl*||Sonnie Carson||TBA||2013|
|Another Day Another Dollar*||Sonnie Carson||Most Likely To Succeed - Hosted By Dj Don Cannon||2014|
|Turn Down*||Sonnie Carson||Most Likely To Succeed - Hosted By Dj Don Cannon|
Selected Writer Credits
|I Love You||Cheri Dennis||In and Out of Love||2006|
|Like That||JoJo||The High Road|
|G-S*** (Hook)||Lil Scrappy||Bred 2 Die Born 2 Live|
|Teach Me||Musiq Soulchild||Luvanmusiq||2007|
|Pretend||Cheri Dennis||In and Out of Love|
|Laid Back & Chill||Tiffany Evans||Tiffany Evans||2008|
|Homework||Prima J||Prima J|
|Qu'est-Ce Qu'on Attend||Sheryfa Luna||Vénus|
|Someday||Elliott Yamin||Fight for Love||2009|
|Il Y A Des Jours||Sheryfa Luna||Si tu me vois||2010|
|For The Sake Of Love||Trey Songz||Love King (Mixtape)|
|Gone Already||Faith Evans||Something About Faith|
|Promise Me (Japan)||Latif||Love is Love|
|I Don't Wanna Be (Japan)||Latif||Love Is Love|
|One Kiss (Japan)||Latif||Love Life||2011|
|Crazy Love (Japan)||Latif||Love Life|
|Expensive Taste||Beanie Sigel||This Time||2012|
|Christmas In Compton (Theme Song)||Kumasi Simmons||"Christmas In Compton" Movie|
|Boys Behaving Badly||Sha Sha Jones||911 (Mixtape)|
|Above & Beyond (Japan)||Latif||IV Love|
|Not Over You (Japan)||Charlie Jacks||Can U Hear Me||2013|
|Can't Say Love||Glenn Lewis||Moment of Truth|
|Complicated||Raheem Devaughn||A Place Called Loveland|
|Bad Thing||Kiesza||Sound of a Woman||2014|
Grammy Awards And nominations
|2008||Teachme||Best R&B Song||Nominated|
|2011||Gone Already||Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||Nominated|