William E. Ketchum III

William E. Ketchum III

Writer + Editor

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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'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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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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Joe Budden, Meek Mill & Drake Beef: A Breakdown | Billboard

Podcasts, songs and tweets are all factors in the bizarre beef between Joe Budden, Meek Mill and Drake.

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Joe Budden Performs 'Final' Show in New York, Assures He's Not 'Ending Anything' | Billboard

Joe Budden's final show in NYC had exactly what his fans have fallen in love with over the years: a lyricist who flaunts both his vulnerabilities and skills on the mic.

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One Fatality, Three Injured in Multiple Shooting at TI Concert In New

Four people were shot, one fatally, at a T.I. concert in New York's Irving Plaza Wednesday night (May 25).

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Azealia Banks Twitter: Rapper's Suspension May Be A Musical Blessing | Billboard

In a non-stop media cycle where backlash from celebrity posts may only last a few days (examples include 50 Cent and Ted Nugent), this suspension and a break from Banks' Twitter behavior may accomplish what she couldn’t do herself: returning the focus to the music.

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Talib Kweli and Others Toast Late Rapper PH at Brooklyn Street Renaming | Billboard

Robert Diaz’s stage name — Pumpkinhead, later changed to PH — has graced concert posters, album covers, and YouTube links. But as of this weekend, the late rapper has his biggest headline yet: a street in his old neighborhood.

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Slick Rick Talks U.S. Citizenship, Voting For Hillary Clinton & Possibly Making New Music: Exclusive | Billboard

Slick Rick has spent some 30 years touring around the country, performing the memorable rhymes behind rap classics like “La Di Da Di,” “Children’s Story” and “Teenage Love.” But on Friday morning (April 15), he recited some of the most memorable lines of his life: the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.

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Elzhi Talks Kickstarter, Depression & Long-Delayed Comeback Album | Billboard

Elzhi talks about the mistakes from his successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, dealing with depression, and his new masterpiece of an album.

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Elzhi Talks Kickstarter, Depression & Long-Delayed Comeback Album

In a conversation with Billboard, Elzhi explains the lack of updates to supporters, how he escaped the cloud of depression, and gaining recognition from one of the greatest MCs of all time....


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May 25, 2016 ... 3 · Watch 'Game of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Recite Hanson's 'MMMBop'.. News 5/25/2016. Watch 'Game of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke ......

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ScHoolboy Q Previews OG-Filled 'Blank Face LP' in New York City

6/30/2016 by William E. Ketchum III ... "When I was making [my first album] Setbacks, I wasn't who I am now," he said, referring to his 2011 indie debut. "I had to ......

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DJ Khaled Talks Becoming the Face of CÎROC Mango, Forthcoming Book & Love for Hillary Clinton

DJ Khaled discusses new partnership with CÎROC Mango, his Hillary Clinton co-sign, and the major keys he's learned from L.A. Reid, Jay Z and Diddy....

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New York Playwright Tributes Notorious B.I.G. in 'Life After Death'-Inspired Play for '7 Homages for 7 MCs' Series

Playwright Shaun Neblett has a story to tell, and he’s using a classic record from Brooklyn’s Finest to help him tell it....