Kodak Black was born Bill Kahan Kapri on June 11, 1997, in Pompano Beach, Florida. Black’s parents separated when he was young so his mother, Marcelene Octave, a Haitian immigrant, raised him in Golden Acres, a public housing project. Black released singles from his “Painting Picture” album, such as ‘No Flockin,’ which made him gain some recognition, and ‘Tunnel Vision,’ which made it to the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 in 2017.
History of Kodak Black
Bill Kahan Kapri — better known by his stage name Kodak Black — was born on June 11, 1997, in Pompano Beach in Florida. His mother raised him by herself in a public housing project known as Golden Acres. The rapper changed his name from Dieuson Octave to Bill Kahan Kapri, legally, a little later on. Unfortunately, Black turned to a life of crime in order to provide support to his mum so that they could live a better life. In school, he brawled and engaged in breaking and entering with a couple of his friends. At one point, he was expelled from school for fighting and when in middle school, he was arrested for auto theft.
The star began his rapping journey while in elementary school. He would also go to a local trap house after school in order to record music. To increase his vocabulary, Black would read dictionaries and thesauruses.
In 2013, when Kodak was only 16 years old, the rapper began to share his music with the public. His lyrics, which are often considered violent, talk about his inner-life stories, which can be attributed to his recording music in a trap house at a young age and the repeated visits he made to juvenile court. He released the “Project Baby” mixtape the following year in 2014, and “Heart of the Projects” in 2015, which blew up quickly after Drake shared it on the web and played it on his OVO Sound Radio. Fast forward to 2019, Black faced some legal battles and went to jail in June 2020. He hasn’t had much luck with the law but has always found a way to make music, topping a couple of spots on Billboard charts and growing his fanbase.
Kodak Black timeline
At age 12, he joins Brutal Youngnz and his stage name is J-Black.
The rapper releases his first mixtape, “Project Baby,” to the public.
After Canadian rapper, Drake, posts himself dancing to one of Kodak’s songs, Black’s popularity rises and he signs a deal with Atlantic Records in October.
The rapper’s single, ‘Tunnel Vision,’ peaks at number six and becomes his first top 10 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Thanks to President Donald Trump, whose pardon gets the rapper released from jail, Black releases two singles and also features on Lil Yatchy’s single.
Kodak Black FAQs
Does Kodak Black have a permanent grill?
Yes, he used to have 24 permanent gold teeth but later invested in a permanent diamond grill.
Does Kodak Black have kids?
Yes. He has two children.
Who is Kodak Black dating?
He is currently in a relationship with Maranda Johnson.
5 Surprising Facts
He has a Hebrew name
Bill Kahan Blanco, which he filed for after his time in prison, is a Hebrew name.
Lil Boosie, the American rapper, was Kodak’s inspiration when he became a solo artist.
Black’s first album
The young rapper released his album when he was only 18 years old.
Black has several tattoos, some from his younger days and others he got while in prison, including one of Lil Wayne.
There’s a booklet about him
Published in 2017, “Kodak Black: Flying High to Success, Weird and Interesting Facts on Dieuson Octave!” gives readers a look at his life, career, and the challenges the rapper has faced.
Why We Love Kodak Black
He is committed to charity
Black puts his money to good use. He has donated to early childhood education as well as college scholarships.
His music delivery
Black tells stories about what black communities and what society at large face nowadays. Instead of succumbing to the helplessness, he sheds light on some issues such as mental health and redemption, in a more descriptive way.
He is a voice for young black America
Black’s emotional intelligence in the way he has observed society enables him to articulate what he observes. His style is reminiscent of 1990s teenage artists
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