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Rising Stars: Meet Kenneth Gibson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenneth Gibson.

Hi Kenneth, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’ll start with my Journey of moving to Los Angeles after I graduated from Bowie State University in 2013. I met my good friend and co-host, Gary Potter, working at Enterprise rent-a-car. We always had spirited debates on topics we were passionate about, such as pop culture, music, sports, and day-to-day life as black men living in Los Angeles. Being born and raised in Baltimore, MD, and Gary was born and raised in West LA makes for two different but exciting perspectives on the topics we discuss. So, back in 2018, because he had already recorded music on the side as an aspiring producer, he already had the equipment to record, so we figured we would start our podcast “420 wrap up”. The way we came up with the name is pretty obvious; we are two cannabis enthusiasts who enjoy talking about subjects that negatively or positively impacted our week or just want to debate. So that is how 420 wrap-up came to be, and now we are starting to develop our Youtube channel this past year. We have our production team, Courtney Abbot and Kendall Vines, who are content curators in their own right but have been instrumental in us starting our Youtube channel. We look at ourselves as a platform where people come to watch and have thoughts provoked and laugh at us trying to make sense of this world.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Anyone who says they started a Podcast and didn’t come with some bump in the road or turbulence is either delusional or lying. When we first tried to get our Podcast on all the major platforms, what seemed to be a million emails and phone calls later, we got the Podcast approved. Other struggles like trying to have guests on the Podcast who cancel last minute and interchanging other co-hosts besides myself and Gary. The beauty of it is without having those struggles, it wouldn’t have brought us to where we are today and where we ultimately want to be as a podcast.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I work as a Branch Manager for Sixt rent-a-car in Beverly Hills. My co-host Gary works there and is a Rental agent. I’ve been in the field out of college and manage the most profitable downtown branch location in Southern California. We are one of the top locations in the country as far as Sales and Customer Service. We’ve rented to a few celebrities, recently “Three 6 Mafia” member DJ Paul and “Million Dollaz worth of game” Podcast host Gillie da kid, who were both down to earth and humble individuals. I feel that what sets me apart is my authenticity and overall genuine nature when conversing with someone, and I think I can relate to most people, which allows most people to feel comfortable around me.

Any big plans?
I will plan to move back to Baltimore in 2024 after proposing to the love of my life Kyndra Rhodes this past January, who also happens to be from Baltimore. I never thought I’d be able to do a long-distance relationship, but it makes it easy when it’s with someone you are looking forward to spending the rest of your life with. This will not deter Gary and me from pushing the podcast forward, but we will have to adapt to doing the podcast remotely; but I am looking forward to the challenge.

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