Kodak Black, or Bill K
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Kodak Black, or Bill K
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In 2014, Kodak Black stated that he wished to finish his education at the ‘Blanche Ely High School’ in Pompano Beach.
During one of his countless visits to jail, he came in touch with a Hebrew minister who gave him some lessons on Hebrew scriptures. Following this, Kodak officially became a Hebrew Israelite. He also changed his official name to “Bill K. Kapri.”
He has been in a relationship with rapper Cuban Doll.
Kodak Black was born Dieuson Octave, on June 11, 1997, in Pompano Beach, Florida, to Haitian immigrant parents. His father abandoned the family soon after Kodak was born, and he was raised by a single mother. Soon after his father left, Kodak and his mother shifted to a nearby housing society in Golden Acres where many immigrants from Haiti also lived.
The locality was not ideal by any standards, and Octave eventually got involved with the anti-social elements of the area. He started selling drugs and indulging in other petty crimes at a tender age.
He was not interested in academics and had a poor attendance record. Additionally, he got into several fights in school, which led to his expulsion from the school on many occasions.
He did not care about school and wanted to become a rapper. He read several books to get a strong hold on the English language. By the time he was 12 years old, he had already started rapping. Recollecting his struggling days, Octave later stated that he had only two options: to sell drugs on gunpoint or to rap.
He started visiting more recording studios and found them to be places he actually enjoyed. However, he did not stop his criminal ways and continued to get arrested from time and time. He was arrested at the age of 15 over a serious charge.
He assumed the name “J-Black” and started getting serious about a career in rapping. Shortly after he turned 12, he joined a local small-time rap group named ‘Brutal Youngnz.’ When his plans with the band did not materialize, he joined another group named ‘The Kolyons.’
In December 2013, Kodak released his debut mixtape, ‘Project Baby.’ It did well at the local night clubs and brought Kodak significant fame. Over the next two years, he released two more mixtapes, ‘Heart of the Projects’ and ‘Institution.’
Although his music was appreciated locally, he was yet to gain widespread attention. In October 2015, famous rapper Drake danced to one of Kodak’s songs, ‘Skrt.’ This was one of Kodak’s major career-defining moments. Following this, the number of ‘Google’ searches for his song soared and he was exposed to national fame.
‘Atlantic Records’ wanted to cash in on Kodak’s increasing popularity and offered him a contract. In May 2016, Kodak announced the ‘Parental Advisory Tour.’ However, he could not attend the event for personal reasons.
French Montana was one of the first mainstream rappers to collaborate with Kodak, and the first single that resulted from this collaboration was titled ‘Lockjaw’ and was released in May 2016. The song featured on several hip-hop and R&B charts.
Kodak Black is one of the most controversial modern rappers. He has been to jail several times over charges that were sometimes petty and sometimes major in nature. He has been charged with possession of weapons, possession of cannabis and armed robbery.
In January 2017, he was dragged into a major controversy when he recorded a video of himself with several other men and posted it on ‘Instagram.’ The video showed a woman performing oral sex on the men. Following the outrage, he deleted the video and apologized publicly.
In June 2017, he openly admitted that he preferred white women over black women because according to him, black women were "too gutter." This caused a major controversy.