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Korea’s Keith Ape Keeps Making Bangers, But Can He Finally Crossover in America?

Keith Ape

Keith Ape wears his American influences about as boldly as any Asian artist; born Dongheon Lee, he lifted the name “Keith” from legendary graphic designer Keith Haring.

The 24-year old has spent some years in Los Angeles after the success of his 2015 single, “It G Ma,” a viral trap hit which drew many comparisons– some unappreciative— to OG Maco’s “U Guessed It.” “Back then, I was personally just not ready,” Keith told Vogue for a September piece. “I think to blow up so suddenly, I wasn’t prepared for all the attention.”