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OG Maco Accuses Korean Rapper Keith Ape of Cultural Appropriation

Apparently, OG Maco doesn’t find it G that Korean rapper Keith Ape is blowing up fast off his cult hit “It G Ma,” a song that clearly features ad-libs similar to the signature ones used by Maco in his street banger “U Guessed It.” We’ve all heard Maco’s cut but if you haven’t heard ‘that Korean trap song,’ as many of my friends refer to it, you need to get up on your internet rap game. This shit is fire in so many ways.

Check what OG Maco had to say this morning about the song:

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It seems OG Maco is upset, possibly within reason, but the notion of Keith Ape being inauthentic never struck me upon first impression of hearing the song. I think it’s fair to say he may have bit Maco’s style a bit but I didn’t feel as if the song made a mockery of Black culture or was promoting stereotypes, at least not consciously.

Listen to both songs and see yourself. Do you believe that this is a great opportunity for international Hip Hop as much as we do? We’re curious to see how Keith Ape’s camp responds and are committed to providing you updates as they roll in.

Here are the two songs:



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'OG Maco Accuses Korean Rapper Keith Ape of Cultural Appropriation' have 31 comments

  1. February 5, 2015 @ 3:52 pm Cam

    Maco ass hurt Keith made a song that may be similar in style.. But is 1000% better than his terrible ass u guessed it

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    • April 24, 2015 @ 9:54 pm Tripsy Drogas

      All trap rap sounds the same so there was bound to be a sound or two or three or four that sounds just alike. People don’t have originality these days anymore and blow from people hearing the same shit that they’re use to hearing everyday. The fact that Asian people are blowing for doing this is interesting to Americans because even though it’s the EXACT same thing but in a different language it intrigues most people of the new current & generation.

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    • April 30, 2015 @ 5:24 pm FIJI

      Cam is so fuckin right! Maco gon get mad cuz someone did it better? The fuck… He should just deal wit the fact that they whooped his ass with that dope ass song.. SHOUT OUT to Keith Ape & his crew who SLAYED it!

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  2. February 6, 2015 @ 3:19 pm Cherese

    I def agree.

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  3. February 7, 2015 @ 12:06 am Drew P

    Yea they stole Tf outta two made up words, that is true but these guys who I did not unstand more than like 6 words from, made the song ALOT more entertaining than macos version (still a banger tho)so dude needs to chill out and acknowledge the fact hip hop is fucking global and that’s some amazing shit
    P.s. KEY goes ham and I will be bumping Kohh ARIGATO!

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  4. February 7, 2015 @ 4:13 pm Guest

    See…when a Black person does it, it gets called ignorant, trash, thuggish, but these guys have the braids, hoodies, and alcohol, and its dope, its Hip-Hop. The same ish Black Ppl get called ignorant for someone else that isn’t Black does it and its cool? But moreso than that, why did they need the hoodies, the grills, the drink to make it a Hip-Hop video? Y’all don’t see how that’s stereotyping?

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    • February 9, 2015 @ 9:03 am Danny Chung

      being asian does not leave these guys exempt from being called ignorant, trash, and thuggish. i promise you that’s what these guys go through in korea as well. and hiphop is a lifestyle. you do realize hoodies, grills, and alcohol do exist outside of music videos, right? is it so hard to believe that these guys dress and live this way outside of this video? why is that not an option?

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      • February 9, 2015 @ 8:36 pm JOHNNYSUNAMI

        Danny Chung is dope AF heard your music my man keep pumping them tunes out

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      • February 12, 2015 @ 5:09 pm JL

        i get where you’re coming from but you’re ignoring that blackness and the associated implications of ignorance/trashiness/thuggishness exist and operate differently in the US than in south korea.

        yeah, koreans lean conservative in daily life (i’m korean btw) and may look down on these guys for being ignorant or whatever but black americans are LITERALLY dehumanized, murdered and arrested daily for the same stereotypes. this kind of power dynamic doesn’t exist in south korea or japan, not in the same way. i mean yeah i’m not denying that maybe these dudes have grown up in poverty or whatever but they are also very consciously taking and using markers of american ‘blackness’ to appear cooler/edgier. this shit is just fashion to them.

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        • February 13, 2015 @ 2:36 pm Danny Chung

          so what would be a more appropriate for them? what are they “supposed” to wear and do? why is this “just fashion” to them? why is it not possible for this to be their authentic selves?

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          • April 4, 2015 @ 1:27 pm JL

            not here to tell anyone what they’re “supposed” to do, i’m just pointing out that what they’re currently choosing to do is based in stereotypes that don’t hurt them the way they can (and do) hurt the people who are actually associated with those stereotypes, all because they think it’s dope. like i already said: their ‘aesthetic’ comes from markers of black american culture, and done real consciously because it makes them ‘edgy’. that’s what appropriation is, picking and choosing things while ignoring context and where that shit comes from (black experience that has really specific roots in region and poverty). not saying they can’t rap or enjoy hip hop culture and i doubt they meant it as disrespect but you can’t really blame people for thinking it’s sus because their experiences as poor people in korea/japan is NOT the same as being black in america.

      • January 12, 2016 @ 4:42 pm Tasha

        Good point Danny but I am sure they learn their style from American Hip Hop culture.

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      • June 24, 2016 @ 4:15 pm Dark Angel

        You can easily see they ripped OG Maco’s song off and yes you are right. both are thuggish, ignorant etc. And it isnt stereotyping black people. if anything it is hiphop culture. And some.people.dont get that fashion exists outside of music videos. Their song bites arse as much as OG’s.. they both suck. this isnt real hiphop. its trash that calls itself hiphop

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    • February 26, 2015 @ 5:56 pm PeteGMa

      Its not a matter of racial stereotyping. If you check his fucking twitter page, he’s a fucking codeine addict. He’s always complaining that he drank too much cheap codeine. Its got nothing to do with stereotyping black people. Plus the shit he’s drinking in the video is some cheap ass Korean rice wine that someone who is trying to appear like a badass wouldn’t drink. As a black guy I fucking hate it when black people are so defensive about being black. Not everything revolves around being black. This is a video where a bunch of Korean guys are jamming and having a good time, its got nothing to do with trying to emulate being black.

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      • March 2, 2015 @ 12:23 pm leoja

        “As a black guy”
        Nigga you ain’t black. Shut the fuck up.

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    • April 10, 2015 @ 2:32 pm Jon Ahn

      danny chung u a dope ass rapper, just heard norma jeane, keep doing ya thing playa!! i understand why u fuk with these rappers but u shouldnt mind these uneducated dudes.. shit will never change, just focus on ur brilliant ass music and ull make it i promise

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  5. February 8, 2015 @ 1:00 am nathan

    This is stupid people sample beats all the time. Lots off good beats are samples of music from 80s and older. How is wearing a Hoodie a black thing lol also drinking lean has been made popular in the last few years by rap but fools been sippin syrup forever. Also by saying this sipping syrup aka doing a opiate or drugs is a black stereotype yall sound ignorant as fuck. Why do people get hung up on race so much do you and get over it

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  6. February 9, 2015 @ 3:17 am Jesus In Reverse

    I’m not so sure on the whole “culture appropriation” thing.
    I don’t even like this kind of music but “It G Ma” is far better than OG Maco’s song.
    And the song’s not even all that: Maco’s got a point tough, it’s being “hypebeasted” mostly by people who can’t even understand it and the kind of people that wear clothes with Chinese, Japanese, and Korean letters without even knowing what it means.
    KOHH’S VERSE IS FIRE THOUGH, PLUS THAT BLUE HEARTS REFERENCE MADE IT EVEN HOTTER

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    • April 20, 2015 @ 1:03 am Ike

      OG Maco don’t represent my culture. Ew. Stupid ass ignorant nigga. Let Keith Ape do his thing. At least he’s rappin for a reason. Every body tryna be an activist nowadays. Aint shit lookin ass nigga.

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  9. February 11, 2015 @ 6:47 pm lol

    Damn I knew I shouldnt have let that shit slide when Wu Tang and countless other black rappers appropriated asian culture and martial arts into their music!

    The fuck outta here with this shit Maco

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  10. February 18, 2015 @ 5:55 pm Tashae

    Why are people still so hung up on race, it’s 2015, get over it! There are hoods all over the world they could just be hood ass Asians or love hip hop. What’s wrong with that?! Hip hop is a lifestyle and I think it’s beautiful that it’s become so universal. The actual lyrics translated are inspiring and this song just goes hard as fuck. I’m a fan.

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  11. March 2, 2015 @ 12:26 pm Jules

    Keith Ape & Okasian are racist as fuck and yall need to stop hyping some shitty, watered down version of Maco’s shit. Damn

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    • March 5, 2015 @ 3:34 am BlackFlag

      How the fuck are they racist?
      Theyre obviously influenced and inspired by black rappers. They obviously idolize black people. I didnt know emulating or imitating your idols is called being racist. Please think before you speak.
      I also saw some comments on youtube about the watermelon painting on the wall is racist.
      Are yall fucking serious? This hotel or motel obviouslu had it already painted on their wall. This music video is so low budget that they wouldnt have painted a hotels wall with watermelons just to be a dick to black people.
      Besides, koreans eat shitloads of watermelons. It is so retarded to think blacks are the only people on earth eating watermelons.
      Grow a brain, weirdos.

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      • May 1, 2015 @ 12:44 am John

        Haha can’t be any more right about Koreans and watermelons, it could be a national fruit.

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  12. March 26, 2015 @ 12:45 am HILITE comments on Keith Ape hit track “It G Ma” | Hiphop Korea

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  13. April 1, 2015 @ 3:22 am Blaine

    Everyone needs to stop hatin. And just turn up to both songs

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  14. May 5, 2015 @ 9:13 pm Marady206

    They are wearing and talking about Bape hoodies in their song. A Bathing Ape is also Japanese.

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  15. May 26, 2015 @ 12:22 am Oldasianguy

    As a Korean American… Simply put. It is cultural participation. No genre of American born music is race exclusive. Ape liked Maco. Ape “imitated” Maco. Maco responded with racism, but as far as I can see “Hip Hop” (graffitiart,beats,breakdancing,rapping,clothing) culture is heavily ingrained into the Asian youth of today and it is simply part of their culture also, it is not exclusive to any race.

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