Ketchy the Great, known best as a member of Stinc Group alongside Drakeo the Ruler in Los Angeles’ underground rap scene, has died as the result of a car accident.
Ketchy the Great, whose real name was Jameon Davis, also gained notoriety through his solo work. His breakout track, “If I Go Broke,” dropped at the end of 2017 and his mixtape, “Free Sauce,” was released in 2019. His official cause of death has not been released, according to NME.
His death was confirmed on social media by Drakeo the Ruler on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, and others who collaborated with him over the years. His press team also confirmed his death to Pitchfork.
Here’s what you need to know:
Ketchy the Great Gained Popularity While He Was in Jail for Using Spray Paint in a Music Video
RIP Ketchy the Great. One of the brightest LA talents of the last five years: a ball of 1000 watt voltage with a razor blade growl, who never failed to steal a track — whose promise was first undercut by the DA plot to persecute the Stinc Team, & now this. An unspeakable loss. pic.twitter.com/DTBuKVBhBk
— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) February 15, 2021
Ketchy the Great served time in jail for spray painting graffiti during a music video, “The Right Decision,” with Ralfy the Plug. You can watch the video here or below. He was arrested in 2018 and charged with vandalism with a gang enhancement and witness intimidation with a gang enhancement. The charges stemmed from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s labeling of the Stinc Team as a gang, Pitchfork reported.
“It was a bunch of bulls***,” Ketchy said on the PALM podcast in December 2020.
He spent two years and 10 months in prison, where he said he started to gain recognition.
He said on the podcast:
When I went to jail, a n**** wasn’t going crazy—like I had a couple songs that started takin’ off. So while I’m in there, it’s just motherf****** comin’ up to me like, ‘Yo you’re Ketchy the Great, I f*** with your s***.’ It’s crazy ’cause when I was on the streets, n***** wasn’t really coming up to me, noticing me, or recognizing me. But once I was in the county and I was sittin’ down for like six, seven months, everybody who’s comin’ in that motherf****** like ‘Hey, Ketchy, yo, Ketchy, sign my cup!” And I’m like d***, I’m signing my first f****** autographs in the county.
Otto Von Biz Markie wrote a tribute to Ketchy on Twitter, and wrote the charges against him were part of a “DA plot.”
“RIP Ketchy the Great,” he wrote. “One of the brightest LA talents of the last five years: a ball of 1000 watt voltage with a razor blade growl, who never failed to steal a track — whose promise was first undercut by the DA plot to persecute the Stinc Team, & now this. An unspeakable loss.”