Latif (singer-songwriter)

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Background information
Birth name Corey Latif Williams
Genres Soul, R&B, hip hop, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Actor
Instruments Vocals, Piano
Years active 2003–present
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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[2]

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)
  • "Without You" (2003)
  • "Don't Wanna Be" (2010)
  • "One Kiss" (2011)
  • "Crazy Love" (2011)
  • "Above & Beyond" (2012)
  • "Deejay" (2015)
  • "More Than Perfect" (2016)
  • Love in the First (2003)
  • Love Is Love (2010)
  • Love Life (2011)
  • IV Love (2013)
  • Love Language (2016)
  • 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[edit]

  • "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"
  • "Play"
  • "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..."
  • "Lately"
  • "Brain Freeze"
  • "Clouds"
  • "Forever and a Day"
  • "Listen"
  • "E.F.F. Love"
  • "Reason Why Ur 1st"
  • "Rocket Science"
  • "Never Looked Back"
  • "Juices"
  • "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
Title Artist Album/Mixtape Released
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
Babygirl SunN.Y. Overnight Celebrity
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 Michael Rocks The Rocks Report
S.S.* Sir Michael Rocks The Rocks Report
So Close Dannie Phantom Feat. BrandUn Deshay DANIMAL : Tiger Tales
The Gutta* Bread Feat. Shiz Lansky 2012
Antidote* Sir Michael Rocks 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 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
Humble Hustler* Young Chris

Selected Writer Credits[edit]

Title Artist Album Released
My Life Memphis Bleek M.A.D.E. 2003
I Don't Wanna Hurt You Latif Love In The First
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
I Love You Cheri Dennis In and Out of Love 2006
Like That JoJo The High Road
Ditto Cassie Cassie
G-S*** (Hook) Lil Scrappy Bred 2 Die Born 2 Live
Teach Me Musiq Soulchild Luvanmusiq 2007
Rewind Musiq Soulchild Luvanmusiq
Damage Chris Brown Exclusive
Pretend Cheri Dennis In and Out of Love
Laid Back & Chill Tiffany Evans Tiffany Evans 2008
Homework Prima J Prima J
Deserveumore Musiq Soulchild OnMyRadio
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 Latif Love is Love (Japan)
I Don't Wanna Be Latif Love Is Love (Japan)
One Kiss Latif Love Life (Japan) 2011
Crazy Love Latif Love Life (Japan)
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 Latif IV Love (Japan)
Not Over You Charlie Jacks Can U Hear Me (Japan) 2013
Can't Say Love Glenn Lewis Moment of Truth
Complicated Raheem Devaughn A Place Called Loveland
Bad Thing Feat. Joey Bada$$ Kiesza Sound of a Woman 2014
Teach Me Feat. Kiesza Joey Bada$$ B4.Da.$$ 2015
Pain Sunny Vizion Becoming A Man
Cold World Sunny Vizion Becoming A Man
Moonlight Sunny Vizion Becoming A Man
Sky Is No Limit Sunny Vizion Becoming A Man
Karma Sunny Vizion Karma (Single) 2016
Deejay Latif Love Language (Japan)
More Than Perfect Latif Love Language (Japan)
Crash Usher Hard II Love
One More Try (Featuring Boyz II Men) Bell Biv Devoe Three Stripes 2017
10,000 Hours Jule Vera Waiting On The Sun
Running Jule Vera Waiting On The Sun

Grammy Awards And nominations[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Latif has received 2 nominations.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2008 Teachme Best R&B Song Nominated
2011 Gone Already Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Nominated


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