Osiris Williams is a Florida-based rapper and R&B vocalist. Known by the stage name "YK Osiris," the rapper rose to prominence at a tender age. Osiris has released only a handful of songs to date and is set to release his debut album. Despite this, his popularity as an R&B singer is commendable. Among all his releases to date, the track 'Valentine' is of special relevance. The song was an instant hit and has garnered millions of "views" on Osiris’s 'YouTube' channel. The song also brought him a prestigious contract with 'Def Jam.' Osiris has a unique style of composing songs. He fuses old-school music with contemporary rap and produces soulful music. He is known for his songs of heartbreak and love, a segment that is entirely different from the new-age rap genre.
Birth & Early Life
Osiris Williams was born on September 7, 1998, in Jacksonville, Florida. The name “Osiris” is of Greek origin and means “powerful,” “smart,” “intelligent,” “strength,” and “knowledge.” He has one brother and six sisters.
Growing up, Osiris showed a keen interest in music. Eventually, when Osiris began to learn more about music, he developed a liking for old-school soul, classic R&B, and modern pop and rap music. Soon, he realized that music was his passion and decided to make a career in the field. Artists such as Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, and the vocal group 'The Temptations' are his sources of inspiration.
Not much information is available regarding Osiris’s training period. However, he was quite young when he began his career in music.
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Osiris started making music of his own at a young age. After an initial struggle of a few years, he finally came up with his first release in 2017. Osiris released his debut single, 'Fake Love,' under his real name. The same year, in September, he launched his 'YouTube' channel, 'YK Osiris,' which is now his stage name. Since then, all his music projects were released under this stage name.
Osiris started the year 2018 with the release of his single 'I'm Next (Freestyle).' It was an instant hit, and the young artist rose to prominence. However, his biggest hit was yet to come. Few months after the release of 'I'm Next (Freestyle),' Osiris launched his third single, 'Valentine.’ The music video of the track is available on Osiris’s 'YouTube' channel, which has earned over 32 million “views,” the highest on his channel. He later released a remixed version of the song that featured rapper, singer, and songwriter Lil Uzi Vert in a cameo. After the massive success of 'Valentine,' Osiris was known as "Mr. Valentine." He also began to receive offers from various labels. The song was inspired by Osiris's own love life. He had just broken up with the girl he was dating then, and the break-up had a significant impact on him. Incidentally, around the same time, he was called to the studio for his next single. His producer gave him a beat to listen to, and Osiris liked the beat and composed the song 'Valentine' almost instantly.
Osiris collaborated with the American record label 'Def Jam' for his next single, 'Timing.’ Released in July 2018, the video of the song has earned over 10 million “views” to date. Following this, he released the audio of his single 'Run It Up.' He is currently working on his debut album. Osiris has an 'Instagram' account, where he has garnered over 1.2 million followers. He also owns a personal website where his songs are available for downloading and streaming.
In Aug 2018, Osiris’s van was shot at on Highway 40 (Interstate 64), when he was returning after performing at an event. The incident occurred in the eastbound lane of the highway near the Jefferson Avenue exit. It left four men with gunshot wounds. According to reports, the shooters were in a gray sedan. However, no suspects were identified.
It was not clear if Osiris was injured in the incident or if he was in the van when the shootout took place. However, the next day, Osiris posted an 'Instagram' photo of the van with bullet marks, parked outside the emergency room entrance of 'Barnes Jewish Hospital,' Missouri. The post was later deleted, but a similar post remained on 'Twitter.'