Dongheon Lee (이동헌; born December 25, 1993), known professionally as Keith Ape (Hangul: 키스 에이프), previously known as Kid Ash is a South Korean rapper from Seoul. He is a member of a crew 'The Cohort'. Ape's breakout single "잊지마" ("It G Ma") was released on January 1, 2015, and was picked by Billboard K-Town as number five on the K-pop 2015 top list of songs.
Contents 1 Musical style and reception 2 Controversy 3 Discography 3.1 Collaborative albums 4 References Musical style and reception
Keith Ape has been called the "Korean OG Maco" and noted for an exciting concert performance at 2015's South by Southwest rap showcase, among other performances which included Young Thug, Desiigner, Waka Flocka Flame, XXXTentacion, and more. His concert at SOB's in 2015 was listed as one of The New York Times top 40 picks, "unrestrained mayhem", and "a clear inheritor of Southern rap rowdiness".
On February 4, 2015, he was accused by American rapper OG Maco of cultural appropriation. Claiming Keith Ape, and friends, had mocked him by using black stereotypes to sell music in their video of "It G Ma". He also claimed that they had stolen the basis for their track from his debut single "U Guessed It". As of August 13, 2015, OG Maco collects royalties from "It G Ma", and has since deleted his tweets regarding his accusations of cultural appropriation. Nonetheless, he declined an invitation to be a part of the later remix rendition of "It G Ma".
Discography Collaborative albums Title Album details Project: Brainwash(as Kid Ash with G2) Released: January 22, 2014 Label: Luminant Entertainment Formats: CD, digital download