it’s why keith looks far different now than you might remember—particularly the dreads “my old hair became a bit too hip among the asian crowd,” he says “if i came back with that now, they would say ‘ah, another asian rapper, this kind of kid, another hipster is coming,’ so i changed it ” initially wanting braids, he chose dreads because of their low-maintenance nature, despite the questions of appropriation such a hairstyle does raise (like many other asian rappers, keith has been accused of appropriation in the past, notably by og maco, though he later withdrew those claims) it is a common practice in korea, particularly among k-pop stars who “rap,” and draws fire each time

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