Atlanta-based rapper, OG Maco, has been busy. Since December, he’s released four projects: a three-song EP titled Breathe, his self-titled EP, featuring the song “U Guessed It,” which has over 20 million YouTube views, the EP mixtape Yep, which is his first collaboration with Rome Fortune, and now, 15 – an eleven-song EP. The Quality Control artist’s latest EP was produced by Metro Boomin, Sledgren, Ducko McFli, TM 88 and more. 15 also features appearances by Johnny Cinco, Skippa Da Flippa, Kushy Stash, and Migos, whose hit, “Versace,” not only was part of the Billboard Hot 100, but also appeared on many 2013 year end lists.
Recently, OG Maco has accused Korean rapper Keith Ape of cultural appropriation. Taking to his Twitter on February 4th, Maco said, “I’m aware of the Koreans that mocked me and took my sauce. I’m not impressed. I’m not inspired. I think it’s kind of lame. To each his own.” He also added, “I don’t have grills or extra jackets and lean cups and shit in the “U Guessed It” video, so why did they? Black stereotypes. Lame as f***” Maco then retweeted, “‘@DaurteMpf98: @OGMaco ‘It G Ma’ is dope man get ur shit straight’ Naw YALL just hypebeasting shit you can’t even understand into relevance.”
Ape isn’t the first to be accused of cultural appropriation; OG Maco has also taken shots at Iggy Azalea, Macklemore, and Miley Cyrus. At only twenty, OG Maco has earned a spot on this year’s Red Bull’s 25 Rappers Under 25, which features the likes of Azealia Banks, fellow Quality Control signee Migos, Mac Miller, and Tyler The Creator. Tyler The Creator, who came into the music scene in late 2009 with his self-released album, Bastard, has since released three albums, the latest being Wolf , which was released in 2013. Wolf hosts several guest appearances by artists such as Frank Ocean, Pharrell, and Erykah Badu and was produced by Tyler The Creator – except for the final track. Though it was received with generally positive reviews and debuted at number three on Billboard 200, Tyler The Creator hasn’t been without his controversies. He has been widely criticized for his use of homophobic slurs, both in his lyrics and on Twitter. He’s also been attacked for misogynistic lyrics and depiction of violence against women, resulting in PepsiCo pulling a 2013 Mountain Dew commercial Tyler had created.