Music is medicine for King James Williams who raps under the name “Bama Boy King.” A retired Army veteran, King has been rapping for the last 10 years to release stress and relieve pain.
Growing up in a foster home in Alabama, as his hip-hop handle suggests, he said joining the military was a natural transition because “it's the exact same thing as a group home.”
Earlier this year, King helped his brother start a hybrid tattoo shop and music studio on Skyline Drive.
“Rappers like tattoos and people who get tattoos like to rap,” King said.
And when he’s not rapping or hanging out in his brother’s shop, he's probably coaching one of his two YMCA teams, one in flag football and one in soccer, or riding with his K9 Motorcycle Club.
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