William E. Ketchum III is a journalist who covers music, pop culture, race, culture and social justice.
Terrace Martin talks about him and Kendrick Lamar's future smash with Rihanna, the decision to make Damn a contemporary rap album, and what Kendrick has in common with Herbie Hancock.
In a new video for the song "Greed," the Bronx lyricist spits pensive rhymes about capitalism's winners and losers.
Always "Striving For Perfection."
“Ross is right up there with Hov and Ye. Same skill set, if you will."
After forgiving himself for failing to follow his creative instincts, the Detroit rapper has decided he knows what's best.
It's a pick so late to the game that it feels more like a slight than an achievement.
Chance The Rapper is the latest leader, but he's far from the only innovator in hip-hop this year.
While it's tough to categorize Quelle Chris' blend of music, the rapper/producer has a style you have to hear.
Stik Figa hails from Topeka, Kansas, a city known more for the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling, which led to desegregation, than any hip-hop icons.
The work to get black Hollywood its props are far from over, but the list of nominees for the 2017 Oscars is a big step in the right direction.
Staff Picks: William E. Ketchum III's Best Albums of 2016
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.
The Miami rapper’s 1998 LP pioneered rap's Ethernet connection.
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.
Chance The Rapper is nominated for seven Grammys — and for the first time in recent memory, the Academy isn’t playing catch-up.