Prince Ea

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Prince Ea
Prince Ea at the airport.jpg
Prince Ea at the airport in November 2011
Background information
Birth name Richard Williams
Born (1988-09-16) September 16, 1988 (age 25)
St Louis, Missouri
Genres Hip hop, conscious hip hop, political hip hop, underground hip hop, alternative hip hop
Occupations Rapper, activist
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts Wax
Immortal Technique
Canibus
Sha Stimuli
Dumbfoundead
Website Official website

Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince Ea, is an American rapper and activist.

Early life[edit]

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.[1][2][3]

Music career[edit]

In late 2008 Prince Ea released the mixtape "The Adolescence" on the internet for free download.[4] 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".[5] 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.[6][7][8][9]

In 2009 he won a Funk Volume competition with the help of his 6000 subscribers on YouTube.[10][11]

Ea has since also been won and subsequently been awarded the grand prize of a competition ran by Trojan condoms entitled "Magnum's Live Large Project II" hosted by rapper Ludacris. He was then flown out to Miami to perform with Ludacris.[12]

He has made appearances on MTV's Made TV series.[12]

In 2011 he was nominated for and subsequently won the Riverfront Times "Best hip-hop artist in St. Louis".[3]

Prince Ea has also been labeled the first hip-hop artist to have a feature in Discover Magazine.[13]

In February 2011, Prince Ea independently released "The Compilation Mixtape", a free digital compilation mixtape with selections from DJ Techne.

The "Make 'SMART' Cool" movement[edit]

In late 2009 Prince Ea, upset at the present state of the music industry,[14] decided to form a movement named "Make 'SMART' Cool".[15] The "Make 'SMART' Cool" movement (SMART is an acronym for "Sophisticating Millions 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."[16]

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.[17] Artists supporting the movement include Traphik, Black Thought, Immortal Technique, Sha Stimuli, August Rigo.[9][14]

Discography[edit]

Awards/Nominations[edit]

2008
2009
  • Funk Volume's "Don't F**k up our beats" Contest (won).
2010
2011
  • Magnum Trojan Live Large Contest (won).
  • Riverfront Times contest - Best Hip Hop artist.
  • Juicy J underground search contest (won).
  • Jae Millz Contest (won).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cox, Calvin. "Prince Ea draws the notice of VIBE magazine for his unique take on history and relationships. .". RIVERFRONT TIMES. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  2. ^ http://notsomekid.com/adidef/exclusive-nsk-interview-with-prince-ea/
  3. ^ a b http://blogs.umsl.edu/news/2011/10/18/alumnusrapper/
  4. ^ "Mixtapes " MAKE "SMART" COOL". Smartiscool.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  5. ^ “” (2008-12-15). "Prince Ea Spits Live On Camera For Vibe!!!". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  6. ^ “”. "Prince Ea WINS VIBE MAGAZINE CONTEST!!! Thankyou to everyone who voted!!". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  7. ^ "Prince Ea " Make "Smart" Cool". Smartiscool.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  8. ^ “”. "Prince Ea speaks on his Career and Anthropology". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  9. ^ a b Calvin Cox (2009-06-17). "Prince Ea draws the notice of VIBE magazine for his unique take on history and relationships - Page 1 - Music - St. Louis". Riverfront Times. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  10. ^ “”. "Funkvolume Win! and Spidermonkeys". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  11. ^ “”. "Prince Ea - Bars From Sumer". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  12. ^ a b http://industry314.com/2011/06/07/video-prince-ea-wins-trojan-magnum-conest-to-appear-on-mtvs-made/
  13. ^ "Hot Science: A Geek's Look Back at 2010". www.discovermagazine.com. 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  14. ^ a b "Prince Ea Q & A " -Young Tunna". Youngtunna.wordpress.com. 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  15. ^ “” (2009-11-29). "Prince Ea "I Make Smart Cool" Official Brand/Promo Video". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  16. ^ "Mission " MAKE "SMART" COOL". Smartiscool.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  17. ^ "Niet compatibele browser". Facebook. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 

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