Who Would You Be If No One Put a Label on You?
In this stunning spoken-word video from Prince Ea, we get a sense of how labels truly define our society instead of allowing who we are inside to shine through. When we raise our kids without barriers, and without society’s stereotypes, there’s no limit to how far they can go. Where would you be—and who would you be—if no one put a label on you?
About Prince Ea: Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince Ea, is an American rapper and activist, known for discussing topics like politics, sociality, environmentalism and life issues.
Prince Ea, born as Richard Williams on September 16, 1988 in St. Louis, Missouri, was the youngest of three children, and has resided there his whole life, and worked on the stage name “Prince Ea” when he graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an Anthropology degree and Latin honors, as “Prince Ea” is derived from Sumerian mythology meaning “The Prince of the Earth”.
In late 2008, Prince Ea released the mixtape “The Adolescence” on the internet for free download. A few days after the release, he 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. In 2009, he won a Funk Volume competition, stemming from success on YouTube, which allowed him to become the first hip-hop artist to have a feature in Discover Magazine. 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 the platinum recording artist. 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.
The “Make ‘SMART’ Cool” movement
In 2009, Prince Ea, who was 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.