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Freedom Williams


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Freedom Williams knows how to set the world in motion. As front-man and rapper for C+C Music Factory, he led ubiquitous anthem “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” to No. 1 around the globe, including five weeks at the top of the U.S. Club Play chart and a reign on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B charts in 1990.
His iconic rapid-fire machismo also appears on follow-up C+C singles “Here We Go” and “Things That Make You Go Hmmmm”—both No. 1 dance hits—leading accompanying album “Gonna Make You Sweat” to sales of more than 8 million worldwide.

Raised in Queens, N.Y., Williams was rooted in the burgeoning hip-hop movement from an early age. He attended junior high school at P.S. 192, located on the famous 205th Avenue in Hollis, Queens, home to such staple acts as Run-D.M.C., Jam-Master Jay and LL Cool J. Williams wasn’t just an observer of hip-hop culture; he was among its innovators and an early hands-on creator, rocking basement parties as MC Tiny Tim—a name he adopted from ‘70s and ‘80s funk outfit the Fatback Band’s release “King Tim III (Personality Jock),” which pre-dated the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rappers Delight” in 1979 as the first commercially successful rap record.
William’s first commercial success was on independent label Nu-Groove Records, launched by Frank, Karen and Judy Russell in 1988, which specialized in house music. Song “Freedom,” from seven-member group Total Science out of East New York, was issued in 1989, featuring Williams and Underground Network founder Barbara Tucker on vocals.

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