The Ambassador (rapper)

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The Ambassador
The Ambassador in Nairobi, Kenya in September 2012
The Ambassador in Nairobi, Kenya in September 2012
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Tyrone Branch
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresChristian hip-hop, hip-hop
Years active1991-present
LabelsCross Movement, Xist

William Tyrone[1] "Duce" Branch a.k.a. The Ambassador or Ambassador is a Christian hip-hop artist who has recorded both independently and as a founding member of the group The Cross Movement.[2][3] Branch is the former president of Cross Movement Ministries. He is an alumnus of Dallas Theological Seminary and has a Master in Theology degree graduating with honors.

Personal life[edit]

A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, William "Duce" Branch a.k.a. the Ambassador is the co-planter of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia. He has toured globally as a solo artist and with the Cross Movement. He has also served as the president of the non-profit organization Cross Movement Ministries and ministered the gospel through rap and preaching for nearly 15 years.

Building on the success of his second solo project, The Thesis and his Grammy- and Stellar-nominated release HIStory with group the Cross Movement, he released The Chop Chop: From Milk to Meat', produced by J.R., Official, Tony Stone and HOTHANDZ. Its first singe was "Gimme Dat!"

As of February 2020, he is the assistant professor of preaching and Bible and undergraduate chapel coordinator for The College at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.[4]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album
1999 Christology: In Laymen's Terms
  • Released: November 9, 1999
2005 The Thesis
  • Released: May 17, 2005
2008 The Chop Chop: From Milk to Meat
  • Released: September 23, 2008
2011 Stop the Funeral
  • Released: July 12, 2011
2016 When Sacred Meets Secular
  • Released: September 16, 2016
2022 The Invitation
  • Released: October 28, 2022

Guest appearances[edit]

  • "Why Me" by Trip Lee
  • "Everyday All Day Cypha" by Everyday Process featuring Lecrae, FLAME, Phanatik & R-Swift
  • "Star Struck" by Da' T.R.U.T.H.
  • "It's the S.O.I. (Sons of Intellect Anthem)" by KJ-52 featuring Phanatik credited on the packaging and liner notes as "Deuce"
  • "I'm Alive Remix" by Jahaziel featuring G Kid & Da' T.R.U.T.H.
  • "One, Two" cuts by DJ Skillspinz
  • "Hold Your Ground" cuts by DJ Skillspinz

with the Cross Movement[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • "The Ambassador - Honor and Glory (Official Music Video)" (1999)
  • "Get You Open" (2005)
  • "Gimme Dat!" (2008)


  1. ^ "Phanatik and Me: Some Thoughts About His Denunciation of the Christian Faith". Retrieved March 6, 2022 – via
  2. ^ Farias, Andrea. (2005). "Review: The Thesis", Christianity Today
  3. ^ Hyde, Jesse. (December 8, 2005). "Hip-hop's Public Enemy", Dallas Observer
  4. ^ "William T. Branch". Retrieved February 15, 2020.

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