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A compelling rapper inspires positive action on the world’s problems
Richard Williams, aka Prince Ea, is a 27 year-old rapper with a highly developed social conscience. Prince Ea has released videos on the destruction of the rain forests in Africa, our addiction to all things digital, how labels promote division and racism, failure to pursue or realize our dreams and our environmental crises – told in verbal rather than musical rap form. They are powerful, moving, clever and upbeat because he always ends on a positive motivational note.
Ultimately, his message is one of love. His favorite topics are love for ourselves, for others, for our environment, for our children and their future.
Prince Ea has an honors degree in Anthropology from the University of Missouri, although he did not have smooth sailing academically in his early years. His rap name, ‘Prince Ea’, derived from Sumerian mythology meaning Prince of the Earth. His videos are of two types: his 4 – 6 minute videos on a world crisis like “To Future Generations, Sorry”, and his 60 second individual growth videos like “How to Win Any Argument in 60 Seconds”.
My Favorite Videos:
To Future Generations, Sorry – This video was made last year and has over 3 million views on You Tube. He says “We used nature as a credit card with no spending limit” and “we had the nerve to call this destruction (of the environment) progress”. He always ends his videos with the message of hope and a call to action. In his apology to future generations for the destruction of our planet he says “It is up to us to take care of this planet” and he promotes a non-profit called Stand for Trees, a group trying to save the rainforests in Africa.
Why I Think This World Should End – This video has over 5.7 million views. The first two minutes list all the ills and evils in the world, but his solution is that love, translated into acts of kindness, mindfulness during every interaction, showing compassion and forgiveness, working on improving ourselves instead of trying to change others, “meet anger with sympathy, hatred with compassion and cruelty with kindness”.
Can We Auto Correct Humanity – This video has 17 million views! He says “Mr. Zuckerberg, not to be rude, but you should reclassify Facebook to what it is, an anti-social network, ‘cause while we may have ‘friend’ lists, so many of us are friend-less.”
Everybody Dies, But Not Everybody Lives was released two weeks ago. He says “Every person on this earth has a gift, everyone has a dream. Do you have the courage to grab the dream?” “Kinda is lethal. You can’t kinda want something, you have to want it with your whole heart.” He uses facts and real life examples (Oprah was told she wasn’t fit for TV). His message – have no regrets about things you didn’t do. Do them!
Man vs Earth – “While intelligence speaks, wisdom listens. We willingly covered our ears to Mother Nature’s screams and closed our eyes to all her ‘help wanted’ signs”. Every beloved animal character in every children’s book is predicted to go extinct – lions, rhinos, tigers, gorillas, elephants, polar bears – gone.” He’s clever with words and certainly makes his point!
I am NOT Black, you are NOT White – labels prevent us from “seeing each other for who we truly are”. This video has over 8.6 million views and presents an interesting perspective about race.
Why I Got Rid of Most of My Friends – “Your input determines your output – the garbage you listen to on the radio, toxic friends, critical friends or family. Hang out with losers, you’ll become a loser”.
The 60 Second videos:
How To Get Rid of Stress in 60 Seconds – “A build up of too many negative thoughts”
How to Win Any Argument in 60 Seconds – “Seek to understand”
How to Defeat Failure in 60 Seconds “The truth is that failure is one of our best friends”
How to Let Go of Pain/Fear/Anger in 60 Seconds – “Put it down, let it go”
Prince Ea delivers the world’s crises with solutions that might seem idealistic and naïve, but I found his videos moving, sweet and motivational, in much the same way a great sermon can be. I respect his sincerity, his desire to make a difference and motivate change. He is convinced that if individuals make small changes within themselves, the cumulative impact will be the force of change. I agree and I’m a fan.