Ketchy the Great, best known as a member of the Stinc Group alongside Drakeo the Ruler on the Los Angeles underground rap scene, died as a result of a car accident.
Ketchy, whose real name was Jameon Davis, also gained notoriety through his solo work. His title track “If I Go Broke” was released in late 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 Monday, February 15, 2021, and others who collaborated with him over the years. His press team also confirmed his death to Pitchfork.
Ketchy the Great Gained Popularity While He Was in Prison for Using Spray Paint in a Music
Ketchy the Great served time in jail for spray painting graffiti during a music video, “The Right Decision,” featuring 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 labeling Team Stinc as a gang, Pitchfork reported.
“It was a bunch of bullshit,” Ketchy said on the PALM podcast in December 2020.
He spent two years and 10 months in prison, where he said that he began to gain recognition.
Otto Von Biz Markie wrote a tribute to Ketchy on Twitter and wrote that the charges against him were part of a “plot by the prosecutor.”
“RIP Ketchy the Great”, he wrote. “One of Los Angeles’ brightest talents of the last five years – a 1000-watt voltage ball with a razor-blade grunt, never stopped stealing a track, whose promise was first undermined by the DA to chase Team Stinc, and now this one. An indescribable loss. ”
Rappers & Fans Paid Tribute to Ketchy the Great on Twitter & Called His Death ‘An Unspeakable Loss
Drakeo the Ruler shared a photo on Twitter, writing, “LONG LIVE KETCHY THE GREAT.” The two often collaborated together. He also squashed rumors that Ketchy was murdered, saying that he had been hit in a car accident.
“N ***** DID NOT KILL THE HOMIE WHO HIT BY A RANDOM PEDESTRIAN STOP CLAIMING BODIES THAT ARE NOT YOURS, THE SCORE WILL NEVER BE A COUPLE,” he wrote, followed by laughing emojis.
“RIP Ketchy the Great,” wrote a fan on Twitter. “I was listening to this song today thinking about the impact Stinc Team has had on the Los Angeles music scene in recent years.”
Another fan wrote: “RiP Ketchy The Great. He left too soon. Los Angeles rap is going to feel this. “