Mass Appeal: Open Space: Killy

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“At first people didn’t know how to grasp ‘Killamonjaro,’” says Toronto rapper Killy of his breakout single, whose video has racked up over 15 million views since its release last year. “It’s like an alien landed on earth.” During a recent visit to MASS APPEAL HQ, Killy explained that the name has nothing to do with the famous mountain. “It’s like Killy’s ultimate form,” he says. In his Open Space interview, Killy talks about how T.Dot’s cultural melting pot shaped his character. “Toronto is such a cool place because everyone my age, their parents are from different countries… My mom’s Filipino and my dad’s from Barbados and Suriname. I grew up in a Caribbean restaurant my whole life.” In Killy’s Open Space interview he talks about his song “Stolen Identity” and how it felt being raised in a black household looking Asian. “I know who I am at the end of the day,” says Killy. “I know where I come from in my upbringing and I know myself.” Check out the latest episode of Open Space right now.