Dieuson Octave was born on June 11, 1997 in Pompano beach (Florida) where he grew up . He is an American rapper. Kodak black has several nicknames, for example, Lil Kodak and J-Black. At 6 years of age, he named himself Black. This was later changed into Lil Black. When Dieuson Octave created an instagram account he applied the username Kodak Black, and this became his stage name.
Kodak started rapping at an early age. He joined the rap group Brutal Yungenz when he was only 12 years old and he called himself J-Black. He left Brutal Yungenz and joined The Kolyons, a rap group that lived near Kodak’s place. After a year Kodak released his first mixtape, named Project Baby, and after another year the new mixtape Heart of the projects followed.
On October 2014 Kodak’s popularity suddenly skyrocketed. That was because the well-known Canadian rapper Drake filmed himself dancing on the Kodak’s track Skrt. Within a month Kodak signed a record deal at the big label Atlantic Records. Two months later, in December 2015, Kodak released the Institution mixtape. Kodak is now a well known rapper. He was invited by Lil Uzi Vert in May 2016 for a common tour, but Kodak was not able to join.
However, not all is as good as it seems in the life of rapper Kodak Black. He often has trouble with the police. He has been in jail several times during the last few years. He was charged for robbery, locking up a child, possession of weed and possession of a gun. He uses this and several other crimes as inspirations in his music. Boosie Badazz and Chief Keef are sources of inspiration to Kodak.
On February 9, 2017 the track Everything 1k was released. Danielle Bregoli features in the clip, a 13 year old unmanageable girl who steals cars and has used a lot of drugs already. She was a host in the TV show of Dr. Phil and became famous with her phrase, that turned into a meme: ‘’cash me ousside, how bow da’’? Kodak Black introduced her in the clip because they have a lot in common. Both were raised without a father and both have often faced-up with the police at young age. Both were poor and looking for money when they were young. The track Everything 1k is related to both Kodak and Danielle, one of the lines in the track is ”I know you’re money hungry. Can’t wait cause you ain’t eat all day and you gon’ lose your mind if you don’t get a plate.” and ”Growing up with no father, it will make you evil”. The clip has been viewed 19,4 million times already at the time of writing this post.
Kodak has an average of 5,8 million listeners per month on Spotify. This amounts to position 260 in the world. No Flocking is the most streamed track: 56,2 million times. The popularity of Kodak has exploded in a very short period of time, and I think that’s deserved. Kodak Black has a very unique style of rapping and every track is surprising. He is one of the major talents in the American rap game at this moment.
The tracks of Kodak Black I like best are: