Food4Thought originated from Brandon’s idea to create an outlet where college students could voice their troubles or thoughts among their peers. While an SIU student, Brandon would, periodically, host these open mic session on campus during the school year. To gain entry, students would donate canned goods to send to local homeless shelters. The title “Food4Thought” is an insightful play on words. “It’s a double entendre, sometimes when you go to an open mic you feel literally feed from the message you receive; and the actual donation of canned good makes the words actually come to life,” said Brandon. This event gave students an outlet for expression or release of anguish.
“It’s about the impact and not the money” –Brandon Williams
Brandon has wrote poetry since the age of 17. However, he didn’t take it seriously until he was 22 years old. Within no time he grasp the attention of his college peers. Seeing how vastly his words impact others, Brandon decided to take his talent on tour throughout the Midwest circuit, and out-of-state colleges. After graduation this spoken wordsmith took time away from Food4Thought to focus more on his lyricism as an emcee. In 2009, he released his first audio project “The Mo’ Better Mixtape”, which took the Internet by storm. The Source magazine even wrote an “Unsigned Hype” article on him in their December 2009 Issue. In fact, Brandon skillful spoken words has landed him recognition in Chicago, Carbondale, Florida, and Atlanta (where he currently resides) just to name a few.
In addition to his recognition, Brandon was invited, in 2012, to perform for Andre 3000 (of the sensational Hip Hop group OutKast) at his Atlanta home. Andre 3000 pronounced him as a “lyrical scientist”, which in a broad sense, defines Brandon as a person who acquires knowledge in the meaning of words. Brandon intentionally challenge his audiences thought process through his wordplay in rhymes and poetry. “I don’t freestyle, I write everything I put out,” said Brandon.
Incidentally, this year marks the resurgence of Food4Thought. In ways to revamp the event, Brandon has added live art to the scene. So while each spoken word artist bless the mic, you can also enjoy colorful canvases adorning the stage. And that’s not all, Brandon plans to extend the items of donations to homeless women, in particular. “I plan to change it up and ask people to donate feminine hygiene products and socks.” He addressed how most donations provide food, shoes, pants and shirts; but not acquire necessity like underwear, sock, and hygiene products.
If you’re waiting for a conclusion, you won’t find it here because Brandon “Real T@lk” Williams has more in store. However, you can find him on Karega Bailey’s new music video “Last Kut", which is available on YouTube. You can follow his baking page “Let That Boy Bake” on Instagram. Better yet, just visit his website: www.realtalkraps.com to learn more.