From College Dropout to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Tony Williams can proudly say he has been instrumental in all of Kanye’s albums and the progression of his career. His voice is the vehicle in which each song on College Dropout can run smoothly from track to track. Without even releasing an official album (until now), Tony Williams is recipient of 4 Grammy awards and many more nominations.
It’s a wonder it has taken this long for Williams to kickstart a solo career, and add some soul to the much deprived genre of R&B. However, we understand the loyalty The World Famous Tony Williams has for Kanye and GOOD music in general, therefore, the introduction of a solo album after success of GOOD music feels natural.
In time for the release of The King or The Fool, we interviewed Tony Williams, discussing the album, his career, and his inspirations.
The Cypher: What was the main catalyst/ inspiration for The King or The Fool?
The World Famous Tony Williams: “The Genesis for KOTF came from a church sermon that I once heard.. The Bible is full of examples of honourable men, even, kings that committed foolish, grave acts that cost them severely. The gist is that there is a dichotomy that exist in all men. Ironically, the pastor that preached the sermon is presently incarcerated for “acting a fool”. It’s true. Actually, the lyrics and title of the song came about way before, I felt that it was compelling enough a concept around which to construct a theme for a project.”
What was the underlying factor that made you decide; it