BORN: Brandon Williams in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
BIG BREAK: He was signed by producer Scott Storch and signed to SoBe Entertainment, where he is still signed.
EDUCATION: Church. Williams’ father was a minister and like a lot of African-American recording artists, he developed his interest in music that way.
BACK STORY: After getting his start in church, Williams performed at every talent show, concert, pep rally and event in his native Florida where he could achieve some exposure. It ultimately paid off in a record deal in 2004.
RESUME: He’s worked with Kay Gee, The Roots, El DeBarge and Red Spyda.
FUN FACTS: Urban Mystic was a name Williams chose to reflect both his urban sensibility and the spirituality of his music. Urban Mystic was once a member of the loosely formed Spitkicker collective which included Kanye West, MF Doom, Jean Grae, Talib Kweli and others at various times.
LATEST WORK: “Love Interventions” which comes out on July 31. Until then, you can download his mixtape “Love and War” here.
"The name Urban Mystic came from the CEO of my record label, Cecil Barker. He gave me the name. The name pretty much describes me as a person. I'm very spiritual and grounded. A lot of people get it twisted. I have a band that I travel with and a lot of people think it's the band's name. A lot of people think it's a group. But it's just me: I'm Urban Mystic." About.com (2011)
“I first learned I wanted to do this seriously at the age of 13. My older brother took me in the studio and he put me on one of the tracks that he was working on. When I heard the track back; I always used to hear myself sing, from listening to myself, that was my first time hearing myself played back on tape, I was like 'wow', that's my voice on that tape. It sounded good, so it made me wanted to pursue this and make it a career. Ever since then I've been at it for real.” Singersroom.com (2006)
“I grew up singing in the church choir. You get the best training and singing in the Church. Sister Johnson sitting in the front pew won’t mind telling if you didn’t sound good. I learned a whole lot. When I’m on stage, I get in my zone do my thing.” Bellaonline.com (2005)
2. "You on point Phife?" "all the time,Tip". 💥 #bannedfromnormal
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3. Vegan! The Impossible burger at Crossroads
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4. Lawrence #BeforeandAfterEpisodes 1-4: 184lbs 13% body fatEpisode 8: 196lbs 8% body fat S/O @coachdaveboxing with the works outs and @kildareriordan with the nutrition
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5. Jus haaaanngin out
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6. Meanwhile back at home in Atlanta GA someone mad they not on the 🛳. 😳
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7. No limits... Photo cred: Chris Bridges @ludacris
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8. new new
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9. Apparently my 260lbs is too much for the actual vines in the Hawaiian jungles to hold me without breaking and me falling hundreds of feet. So for safety purposes, I'm forced to swing thru #Jumanjj on wires strong enough to hold 12 adult buffaloes and 1 adult Rock. #OnSet #Jumanji #IronicallyIEatBuffaloDailyForLunch #MoreManThanNatureKnowsWhatToDoWith
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10. hey ma! 🎎#wcw 💙
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11. Surprise visit to our factories!!! #GoodAmerican #USA
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13. Peachy Keen 🔥✨⚡️
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14. If this don't look thankful I don't know what does. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. #UltraBlessed #24kMagic #SweetPotatoFly
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15. Late nights @nbcmarlon with the writers... we in here!!!
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16. There goes my baaaaaaaaabbbbyyyyy #QueenKingMagic!!! We're up to something! Ira BIG!!! Stay out our buisness -
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17. You want to win every game you play but when you come home to these faces... who cares. #ILoveYouGirls best part of my day, everyday!
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18. Steady,steady..... full size jenga.. "I got this one "???? Or do I ?
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19. Cornrows kind of day 😉@dontaysavoy2 you convinced me and I love. ❤️️
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20. #BrotherlyLove #tbt
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22. #basel #TeamLOVE @kingcombs
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23. Just introduced a special screening of @directher 's groundbreaking (must see) documentary @13thfilm with my brother @themichaelealy | @unitedblackout #blackoutblackfriday
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24. Me & Vanessa Williams giving #DuckLips #Pose on the set of #DaytimeDivas @vh1 - Coming Soon to a tv near you. Lol. - My make up done by @makeupsurgeon
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25. This picture just makes me wanna praise the Lord, you hear me!!!!!! Yes Lord brotha #TEDDYCAMPBELL What a #man !!! You are everything right on this picture husband ......... #gorgeous #stylish #classy #strong #masculine #king #sexy #debonair #gentlemenstyle And that #bible in your hand just seals the deal for me (probably cause i know that, that is what helped you become just as amazing as you look😘). While my heart and mind experiences the goodness of God at #church on Sundays, my eyes experiences the goodness of Teddy😍. Amen somebody🙌🏽. "Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name" #myman #myhusband #goodman #blackman #dapperman #godlyman #goodfather #mybestfriend
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26. Yesterday was my mama's 53rd birthday!!!!! Got to celebrate with her all day. If this is what I have to look forward to I can't wait. Looking like a soft bucket a cocoa butter. Yaaaaaaaaaas! 😍😍😍 love you mommy!
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27. "Shout out to @PureAtlanta for getting the family right"....I'm loving this jogger. 😍😍
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28. This pic warms my heart ❤️ #myLogiebeans and aunt aunt umba @itowandabraxton 😘
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29. You will always be my baby😜. #HappyBirthdayReginae #mybaby18
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