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Kinshasa-Born Rapper Keynes Woods Is Set to Become a 'Threat'

Listen to the hazy new single from the Toronto based rapper.

Keynes Woods is a Toronto based rapper born in Kinshasa, DRC who caught our eye with his silky performance of "Threat" on COLORS.

The new single, which wasn't even officially out when he performed it, sees Woods showcasing his seamless flow over a hazy beat and announcing himself as an unfriendly threat to all his counterparts.

The official version of "Threat" is now out today and premiering here with us here below. Here's what the the bubbling rapper told us about it:

" [I] Was born and raised in the heart of Africa before I moved to a place where I was constantly reminded of how different I was from the majority. I remember feeling embarrassed to tell people I was African because of all the negative connotations," Woods says in an e-mail to OkayAfrica.

"This was the same reason I hated telling people I made music. I felt like people would judge me. I don't fear judgement anymore and I've taken pride in my superpowers. I hope African kids can look at me and understand that when you embrace everything that makes you who you are, you become a THREAT to anything and anybody that stands in your way. Stop letting these mandem dictate how you live your life!"

Get into "Threat" below.

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