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One of the country’s fastest rising hip-hop artists just might be on his way to becoming the first internationally recognized rap star Japan has produced.

For the past several years, Tokyo’s Kohh has been steadily building buzz in the capital’s hip-hop scene thanks to mixtapes and his debut 2014 full-length, “Monochrome.” In 2015, however, the 25-year-old got the kind of international attention Japanese hip-hop acts don’t usually see after appearing on Korean rapper Keith Ape’s YouTube hit, “It G Ma.”

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