William E. Ketchum III

William E. Ketchum III

Writer + Editor

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

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complex

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.

Chance the rapper article
complex

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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daily.bandcamp.com

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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daily.bandcamp.com

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.

Ava duvernay article
Okayplayer

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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Okayplayer

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

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

Mic write 600 1 article
daily.bandcamp.com

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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genius.com

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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Billboard

'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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Okayplayer

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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Billboard

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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pigeonsandplanes.com

A Tribe Called Quest Are Right on Time

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

Coleye article
complex

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

J. Cole has complicated relationships with his idols.

Jim jones hustlers pome article
complex

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.