Not every songwriter has what it takes to pen songs in a multitude of genres. Not every songwriter is as thorough as Thorough Boy. With the ability to craft songs with a Christian hip hop base that then go on to showcase elements of rock, R&B, and gospel, Thorough Boy is one of the most talented acts rising from the underground scene with his latest release, 2019’s Cross Addicted.
Born Nathaniel Willie Williams Jr., Thorough Boy was inspired by his musician father, Nate Williams, to start not only performing but producing at a young age. He played in bands and sang whenever he can, eventually developing his skills in a multitude of genres and styles. Today as Thorough Boy he’s a Jack of All Trades when it comes to his musical abilities, taking his Christian rap roots and implementing a cascade of other genres into the mix to give his music an edge above the rest.
With each passing day, it gets harder physically as Thorough Boy has lost 90% of his sight, but with adversity, he rises up the challenges put before him and strives to make everything he does matter. Such as giving back to his community as well as giving to the creative community by opening the doors to his studio, Thorough Boy Entertainment, for free.
Influenced by the prowess of Quincy Jones and the musical abilities of Barry White, Thorough Boy’s music intertwines traditional elements of hip hop with modern melodic arrangements that create a new listening experience for all who come into contact with his albums, including his latest Cross Addicted. Always writing from a place of love and understanding, past songs included ones of motivation and having a good time. On Cross Addicted, he penned the wonderful and relatable “All I Need” about the highs and lows of one’s life early on and how one has to establish a foundation later on is a song that many will hear and see themselves within the lyrics.
Over the years Thorough Boy has played everywhere from open mics to a large independent music festival alongside Def Jam’s Big Heff. With almost 10,000 streams and counting, the sky’s the limit and the limit’s the sky when it comes to how far Thorough Boy can take his career. Especially with his series of EPs that are being made into a short film that’ll be out soon. With a style that’s a marriage of Chance the Rapper’s style and Teddy Riley’s musical abilities, it won’t take long for fans to come his way.