Heavyweight hip hop MC Jason Williams, known by the name Vice Verses, is being honored with a massive teleconference after his death last week.
“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,” a tribute to the artist on Medium reads.
The veteran lyricist, known for his signature aggressive style, served as a host of the legendary “End Of The Weak,” a long-running weekly open-mic in New York City.
Williams also invented the “MC Challenge,” which provided hip-hop performers a worldwide a chance to show their skills in a competitive environment “without the ridicule of a traditional battle,” according to a memorial fund set up in his memory.
Funds raised will be used to establish the Verses Foundation, a youth scholarship fund supporting creative development in young artists, his GoFundMe reads.
The teleconference memorial, being hosted on the Zoom platform, began streaming at 2 p.m. on April 19 and will continue until it reaches its “symbolic end” at 3 p.m. Friday — the end of the week.
The video stream, which will run a total of 121 hours, also serves as an ode to i.2.i, a group Williams created with colleague Prolific Wone.