Richard Williams/Prince Ea
Biography, Net Worth, Career, Success
Richard Williams, a.k.a. Prince Ea, is a hip-hop artist, digital star, philosopher, civil rights activist, filmmaker, and poet from St Louis, Missouri. He is famous for his sharp & provoking content full of messages of inspiration and compassion. His works have earned him more than one billion views across all social media, making him an important influencer in the digital world. His net worth is currently estimated to be $20 million.
Richard Williams was born on September 16, 1988, as the youngest of three children, in St. Louis, Missouri, where he still lives. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from a full scholarship at the University of Missouri–St. Louis with a BA in Anthropology.
Career: Early Stages
After graduating in 2005, Richard decided to try his luck as a hip-hop artist. That’s when he took on the stage name Prince Ea. The name means “prince of the earth” and is taken from Sumerian mythology.
In 2008, Prince Ea released his first mixtape named “The Adolescence”, which could be downloaded for free.
In 2011, Ea released the free Compilation Mixtape with selections from DJ Techne.
In 2011, the artist made a few videos of himself rapping. Even though he intended to film the videos only for himself, they were published on WorldStarHipHop, attracting the attention of wider audiences.
The “Make ‘SMART’ Cool” movement
Prince Ea is the founder of the “Make ‘SMART’ Cool” movement (SMART is an acronym for Sophisticating Millions and Revolutionizing Thought). Formed in 2009, the movements goal is to promote important social change and “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.”
The movement expanded to a successful clothing line which was supported by a number of artists, including the rappers Sha Stimuli and Traphik.
Success – The Great Career Shift
In 2014, Prince Ea made a big change in his career, shifting from creating hip-hop music to filming motivational and inspirational content. The reason for this shift was the fact that he felt “internal pain”. Namely, the artist wanted to be the best in what he did and started comparing himself to other rappers, which made him miserable. He managed to find new purpose after reading ancient scriptures of spirituality like Bhagavad Gita.
Awards and Recognitions
In 2008, Prince won the Vibe magazine contest with a video of himself rapping. He was awarded recording equipment worth $5000 and featured in the magazine’s full-page article.
In 2009, Ea won the Funk Volume competition and was featured in the Discover Magazine.
The artist also won the grand prize of a competition organized by Trojan condoms, where he got to perform along with Ludacris.
In 2011, he won the Best hip-hop artist in St. Louis Competition run by Riverfront Times, followed by the Jae Millz Contest and the Juicy J Underground Search Contest.
Prince Ea is also featured in Oprah’s Super Souls, a collection of interviews, short films, clips, and sessions with leaders and experts from around the world. The collection is compiled by Ms. Winfrey herself with the purpose to “guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.” The spoken-word artist is featured with a video where he discusses the prejudices attached to the skin color.
In 2017, Ea made the Forbes ’30 Under 30’ Education list. He is listed in the ‘creative’ section as a poet and filmmaker that uses social media to speak on topics such as education and social justice, reaching out to education influencers and students.
Prince Ea’s Philosophy
The motivational and inspirational videos that Ea is filming cover a number of different topics, including racial and social discrimination, environment, and spirituality. When he’s not creating content, the artist gives lectures at schools and universities, speaks and conferences, and organizes events.
The artist says that his goal is to stir people’s thoughts and feelings and, ultimately, help them evolve. He wants to reach as many people as possible and share his message of love, freedom, and unity.
Net Worth and Earnings
Prince Ea’s net worth is estimated to be $20 million. His net worth is a sum of the revenues from his speeches and conferences, as well as from his online shop. A large portion of his wealth also comes from ads on his YouTube channel. Statistics show that the spoken-word artist gets an average of 160k views, which generates an estimated revenue of about $240 daily. This means that this channel alone earns Ea $88.000 annually.
Social Media Presence
Facebook is the platform where Ea shares most of his videos, links, photos, as well as inspirational quotes. He has a whopping 8.5 million followers!
Prince uses the video sharing channel to share mind-provoking vlogs such as “Why I Stopped Masturbating”, “Happiness is Overrated”, or one of the most popular videos “I Just Sued the School System” which has 7.9 million views. The channel has a total of 2.1 million subscribers.
The artist has 101k followers on this social network, with whom he shares his thoughts and opinions.
Prince is not very active on Instagram. But even though he only has two posts on the platform, the number of followers is quite impressive – almost 700k.