Sometimes the best lessons come from the bumps and bruises along the way

In a year that has seen musicians scrambling to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic — which disrupted both touring and recording, not to mention wreaking havoc on release schedules — Hit-Boy has had one of the best stretches of his career.

The 33-year-old Fontana, California, producer/rapper executive-produced three of 2020’s…

With decades of brokering peace between gangs, community leader Bishop Omar Jahwar has a plan for quelling violence in the perilous city

Bishop Omar Jahwar has dedicated himself to saving lives — and violence-plagued cities around the country could use his services now more than ever. After growing up in the church with his father as a pastor, Jahwar was hired by the state of Texas at 20 years old to negotiate…

The songwriter and storied music executive speaks on his extensive career

When technical difficulties torpedoed Teddy Riley and Babyface’s anticipated Verzuz battle last month, Black Twitter responded in perfect Black Twitter fashion: memeing the debacle into oblivion. Meme Zero came courtesy of the husky, bearded man dancing behind Riley to “The Show.” A weed carrier, people figured. An Instagram hype man…

William E. Ketchum III

William E. Ketchum III is a journalist based in Brooklyn, NY who covers music, TV/film, culture, and mental health for VIBE, NPR, BBC, NBC, Complex, and more.

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