William E. Ketchum III

William E. Ketchum III

Writer + Editor

I cover entertainment, pop culture, hip-hop, race and politics.

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William E. Ketchum III's Best Albums of 2016 [Okayplayer]

Staff Picks: William E. Ketchum III's Best Albums of 2016

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Mic Write on Police Brutality, Gentrification, and Misconceptions of Detroit

Mic Write talks about public misconceptions about Detroit, how his students taught him a lesson about police brutality, and how a teacher falsely accused him of committing a writer’s worst offense.

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How Trick Daddy Introduced Hip-Hop To The Internet With 'www.thug.com'

The Miami rapper’s 1998 LP pioneered rap's Ethernet connection.

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'You're a Modern Day Philosopher': Arianna Huffington & DJ Khaled Have 'Major' Discussion at Columbia University

Shortly before the semester’s finals week, Ivy League students in New York City got to see DJ Khaled drop his keys to success in person.

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Chance The Rapper + Hip-Hop Win Regardless – Now, The Grammys Can Win Too [Opinion]

Chance The Rapper is nominated for seven Grammys — and for the first time in recent memory, the Academy isn’t playing catch-up.

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A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg Honored with New York City Street Corner

Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor, a rapper from A Tribe Called Quest, has been immortalized with a street co-named in his honor.

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A Tribe Called Quest Are Right on Time

18 years since their last release, the rap legends prove they're still superheroes.

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What J. Cole's "False Prophets" Reveals About His Relationship With Kanye

J. Cole has complicated relationships with his idols.

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Jim Jones Recalls "We Fly High" 10 Years Later: "I Actually Hate The ...

To celebrate the song’s 10-year anniversary, Complex spoke with Capo about its unexpected origins as a snap music collaboration, how he slyly used a Jay Z diss to his advantage, and as always, the future of Dipset.

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In Defense Of Eminem's Horrorcore Masterpiece: "Relapse"

Admit It, You Slept On Eminem's "Relapse."

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Kalief Browder’s Mother Paid a Cost Far Higher Than His Bail

[Commentary] Venida Browder's death is example of the price families and communities pay when a loved one is unjustly jailed.

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Ava Duvernay Links Slavery With U.S. Prison System In Netflix Doc ’13th’ [Review]

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay breaks down one of the most complex systems of American history in a way that's easy to understand.

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T.I. on Protest Rap: "Just Because It's Socially Conscious Doesn't Mean It Shouldn't Be Dope"

Speaking with Complex, T.I. discussed what he learned from these activists, the criticism he received for what many saw as detrimental tweets about Black Lives Matter, and why Quavo’s voice is just as valuable as anyone else’s during this time of need.

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Jazz Can't Keep Up With Robert Glasper

Piano virtuoso Robert Glasper doesn’t have a problem with music being split into genres—as long as it’s not used as an excuse to stay stagnant.