William E. Ketchum III

William E. Ketchum III

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William E. Ketchum III is a journalist who covers music, pop culture, race, culture and social justice.

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Smino Interview: St. Louis Rapper on New Album 'blkswn' and Focusing on What Comes Next | Billboard

"I was able to flush out the man-made problems I was having and just really get in touch with my spirit. You just gotta quiet yourself down sometimes,"

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Detroit Free Press

Music 'First Day Out' puts Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley on the map

"First Day Out" is Detroit-centric, mentioning streets and slang that only Detroiters would know.

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Producer Terrace Martin Explains How Kendrick Arrived at 'Damn,' and Where He's Going Next

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.

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National Public Radio

Watch Kemba's Video For The Song 'Greed' : NPR

In a new video for the song "Greed," the Bronx lyricist spits pensive rhymes about capitalism's winners and losers.

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Review: With "The Wild," Raekwon Is Now Rap's Benjamin Button

Always "Striving For Perfection."

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Bink! Explains How He Pushed Rick Ross To Make His Best Album

“Ross is right up there with Hov and Ye. Same skill set, if you will."

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Joey Badass Gets Defiantly Patriotic on 'All-Amerikkkan Badass'

Joey Badass won’t give up on his relentless pursuit of the American dream—even as a crooked system drops barriers in his path.

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National Public Radio

Don't Bother Big Sean — He's Working : The Record : NPR

After forgiving himself for failing to follow his creative instincts, the Detroit rapper has decided he knows what's best.

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Jay Z’s Induction to the Songwriters Hall of Fame Is Too Little, Too Late

It's a pick so late to the game that it feels more like a slight than an achievement.

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The Grammys Proved That Hip-Hop Is Still the Heart of Musical Innovation

Chance The Rapper is the latest leader, but he's far from the only innovator in hip-hop this year.

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Detroit Free Press

'On a Cloud' singer Neisha Neshae turned to music to heal her wounds

“Music allowed me to express myself, write my words down, share with other people, connect with other people. It’s just a whole ‘nother energy,”

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Being Quelle Chris: A Look Inside The Rapper’s Quirky Hip-Hop Sound

While it's tough to categorize Quelle Chris' blend of music, the rapper/producer has a style you have to hear.

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Topeka's Stik Figa on 'Rap Flyover Country' « Bandcamp Daily

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.

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Oscars Not So White? Academy Gives Overdue Props To Black Artists

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.

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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