Corey Latif Williams, known as Latif, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1981. He had his chance to really explore the music industry thanks to his family's friendship with Teddy Pendergrass. Pendergrass took Latif under his wing and helped him develop his career.

Upon graduating from high school, Latif went to Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in the city, he met Ryan Leslie and produced a song that won Teen People's Who's Next.

Using this success as a jump off, Latif was able to catch the attention of Kedar Massenburg. Massenburg signed Latif to Motown Records where he released the album Love in the First in 2003. Unfortunately, the album received little promotion and only had one single, "I Don't Wanna Hurt You." The single only reached #97 on the R&B charts.

Latif left Motown and has worked as a writer for a variety of artists. He has done work for JoJo, The Roots, Chris Brown and Musiq Soulchild.