Inspiration Artist & Founder of Make SMART Cool
Born and raised on the North Side of St. Louis Missouri, Prince Ea has a sound unlike most artists. Possessing a great song writing ability and stage presence, he combines both creative and thought-provoking songs that neatly tie-in humor, wit, passion, and hard hitting punch-lines.
From his YouTube videos, which have garnered millions of hits, Prince Ea has developed a loyal fan base. Along with Prince Ea’s internet success, he has also been featured in both national and local publications. In 2009 VIBE Magazine declared him Vibe Verses Grand Champion and he received a full page article in Vibe’s June 2009 edition. That same year, Prince Ea went on to found and form an organization called “Make SMART Cool” (SMART being an acronym for Sophisticating Millions and Revolutionizing Thought). The organization seeks to promote positive social change in various concrete ways from speaking at schools, organizing community events, benefit performances, partnering with community organizations and setting up educational mentorship programs.
Prince Ea was also featured in the 2010 December issue of DISCOVER magazine for his academically provocative single “The Brain,” where he was dubbed “The King of brainy hip-hop.” In 2011, Prince Ea graduated Summa Cum Laude from a full scholarship at the University of Missouri St. Louis, with his BA in Anthropology. In late 2011 Prince Ea released his “Backwards Rappers” video; the video was picked up by the Huffington Post, CBS, FOX, Yahoo Music and was ranked number 1 on content aggregator sites such as Reddit. In 2012 Prince Ea began to connect with his fan base on a more visceral level and focused on more than just music. Since then he has released several extremely popular spoken words that have been featured or referenced on countless morning shows, schools such as Harvard, and daytime talk shows such as the Queen Latifah Show, the Blaze with Glenn Beck and several others.
As Prince Ea continues to make strides in education with the Make SMART Cool movement, the music industry and in people’s lives, one thing is for certain— he is definitely someone to look out for in the near future.