Richard Williams, popularly known by his stage name Prince Ea, is an American spoken word artist, filmmaker, poet, and hip-hop artist. He started his career as a rapper but later shifted his focus to motivational video creation. His videos on YouTube and Facebook got over 2 billion views and counting.
Birth and Early Life
Richard Williams was born and raised on the north side of St. Louis, Missouri on 16th of September, 1988. He was the youngest of three children. He graduated in Magna Cum Laude from a full scholarship at the University of Missouri St. Louis, with a BA Anthropology. After graduation, he took a stage name “Prince Ea” and started performing hip-hop music. The name was derived from Sumerian mythology which means “The Prince of the Earth”.
In 2008, he released a mix tape “The Adolescence” on the internet for free download. A few days from that, he recorded an amateur video of himself rapping and entered it into “VIBE Verses” – a contest from Vibe Magazine. Eventually, he won the grand championship which awarded him $5,000 in music recording equipment along with a full-page article on the magazine itself.
The next year, he became upset with the then condition of the music industry and decided to run “Make SMART Cool” movement. This movement attempted to promote intelligence to everyone and everywhere and integrate it with hip-hop music.
When he was performing in music, he dreamed of becoming the most successful rapper of all time. He also wanted to gain respect by performing in front of thousands of fans. But the reality was not quite like it, which caused him much internal pain. So he started reading on spirituality in Baghabad Gita and Tao Te Ching. Through literature and introspection, Richard realized that ‘doing’ will never make him happy, rather ‘being’ will. So he made a huge shift of his focus from music to spiritualism and inspiring people. He is very famous and helps a lot of people daily.
Currently, Richard is working as a motivational speaker as well as a filmmaker. He has his own video company: Viral Impact Studios. His works covers a wide range of topics i.e. spirituality, work-life balance, race, and environmentalism. Some of his most popular videos are:
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