Prince Ea at the airport in November 2011
|Birth name||Richard Williams|
September 16, 1988 |
St Louis, Missouri
|Genres||Hip hop, conscious hip hop, political hip hop, underground hip hop, alternative hip hop|
Prince Ea was born as Richard Williams on September 16, 1988 in St. Louis, Missouri, the youngest of three children, and has resided there his whole life. The alias Prince Ea is derived from Sumerian mythology ("The prince of the Earth"). He has also graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with Latin honors.
In late 2008 Prince Ea released the mixtape "The Adolescence" on the internet for free download. A few days after the release, Prince Ea recorded an amateur video of himself rapping and entered it into a VIBE Magazine contest dubbed "VIBE Verses". Subsequently, Ea was declared the VIBE Verses grand champion and was awarded $5000 in music recording equipment along with a full page article in the VIBE Magazine, which held a total value of $50,000.
Ea has also been awarded the grand prize of a competition run by Trojan condoms entitled "Magnum's Live Large Project II" hosted by rapper Ludacris in which he was flown out to Miami to perform with Ludacris. In 2011 he won the Riverfront Times "Best hip-hop artist in St. Louis".
In February 2011, Prince Ea independently released "The Compilation Mixtape", a free digital compilation mixtape with selections from DJ Techne.
As of September 2014, Prince Ea's video, "Why I Think This World Should End" has been shared on facebook over 2 million times.
The "Make 'SMART' Cool" movement
In late 2009 Prince Ea, upset at the present state of the music industry, decided to form a movement named "Make 'SMART' Cool". The "Make 'SMART' Cool" movement (SMART is an acronym for "Sophisticating Minds And Revolutionizing Thought") attempts to "promote intelligence to everyone, everywhere and integrate it with hip-hop. To create and nurture, without discrimination or preference, a community of free-thinking individuals under the singular purpose of promoting the ideals of education, intelligence, unity and creativity throughout the world at large."
A successful underground clothing line for the movement, which includes t-shirts and sweaters, was released and has gained support from artists such as newly signed So So Def producer Mike Kalombo. Artists supporting the movement include Traphik, Black Thought, Immortal Technique, Sha Stimuli, August Rigo.
- Vibe Magazine's Vibe Verses Contest (won).
- Funk Volume's "Don't F**k up our beats" Contest (won).
- Discover Magazine Feature
- Magnum Trojan Live Large Contest (won).
- Riverfront Times contest - Best Hip Hop artist.
- Juicy J underground search contest (won).
- Jae Millz Contest (won).
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