Authorities on Tuesday identified a man killed in a collision near Signal Hill as 26-year-old Jameon Davis, who is known under his rapping alias as Ketchy the Great, a member of the Los Angeles underground rap group, Stinc Team.
According to Long Beach police, Davis was standing in the roadway shortly after 5 a.m. Monday when he was first struck by a 28-year-old man driving a 2004 Nissan 350z traveling northbound on Long Beach Boulevard. The impact threw Davis into the southbound lanes, where he was struck a second time by a 28-year-old woman driving a 2018 Nissan Sentra, police said.
Paramedics pronounced Davis dead at the scene.
Further details about the crash, including why Davis was standing in the road, were not released. Police earlier said they did not believe drugs or alcohol, nor distracted driving, were factors in the crash.
In addition to his collaborations with the Stinc Team, Davis was a prolific solo artist. His breakout 2017 track “If I Go Broke,” was met with acclaim, and in 2018 he was also featured on 03 Greedo’s 2018 album, “The Wolf of Grape Street.”
Davis had been out of jail for five months before his death, after serving nearly three years in prison following his arrest in 2018 for spray painting graffiti in a rap video for a song called “The Right Decision.”
Because Stinc Team has been identified as a gang by the former Los Angeles County District Attorney, Ketchy was charged with vandalism with a gang enhancement and witness intimidation with gang enhancement, which contributed to the rapper’s long sentencing, according to the music publication Pitchfork.
While still serving his prison sentence, Davis released his solo mixtape “Free Sauce.” Less than one week ago, Ketchy and Stinc Team leader Drakeo the Ruler released a music video for their song, “For Real.”
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