Thursday, April 23, 2020

Rest In Peace, Vice Verses (2/1/74 - 4/17/20)


"Jason “Vice Verses” Williams passed away last week and an entire, worldwide community is mourning…and celebrating. Celebrating the life of someone whose flowers will come attached with words like pioneer, icon and legend. And rightfully so. An accolade-laden lyricist, Vice served as one of the hosts of the legendary End Of The Weak (EOW), New York City’s longest running weekly open-mic, and a stomping ground for a litany of Hip Hop heavies. Vice was also creator of the EOW MC Challenge, a challenge that should absolutely serve as a blueprint for those seeking to duel lyrically." - Danielle Harling. I was very fortunate to have crossed paths with Vice Verses numerous times at EOW over the years - shows with Eternia, Invincible, Magestik Legend, Hasan Salaam, Majesty (R.I.P.); at Rock Steady Anniversaries, Fat Beats and all-around NYC. We truly lost a good one; a forward-thinking man who was about the music, the culture and shining light on others. My prayers go out to his family, friends and anyone that knew Vice Verses personally and professionally. Donations for the Vice Verses Memorial Fund are currently being accepted through GoFundMe, please consider showing your full support. Rest in Peace, Vice Verses. Art by Biancadoesnyc