|Real Name:||Bill K. Kapri|
|Birthday:||June 11, 1997|
Born in June 1997, Kodak Black is an American hip hop artist. He started rapping at 12 years of age. Kodak joined a rap group early on, but didn’t release his debut album until 2017. His best singles are Roll in Peace, Tunnel Vision, Zeze, and No Flockin. Yet, his legal issues are more famous than his singles. Kodak has more than 10 court cases.
If it wasn’t for the many legal issues, the young rapper might have had more money.
Career Ups and Downs
Kodak chose his stage name after creating an Instagram account. Because of pictures and all that, he chose Kodak Black. He also legally changed his name to Bill Kahan Kapri after Hebrew Israelite incarceration in 2018.
Born as Dieuson Octave in 1997, he got raised by his mother in Golden Acres. It is a public housing project in Pompano Beach. He started rapping in elementary school. He went to a local trap house after school to record music. During his youth, he read thesauruses and dictionaries to expand his vocabulary. But even as a young child he had legal problems.
Kodak constantly participated in brawls with his friends. He got expelled from school in fifth grade for fighting. Then, in middle school, he got arrested for auto theft.
In 2009, at the age of 12, he joined the rap group Brutal Youngnz. At the time, he used the stage name J-Black. After that, he joined another rap group, The Kolyons. In December 2013, Kodak released his first mixtape, Project Baby. Then in 2014, he released the mixtape Heart of the Projects.
In October 2015 Drake helped Kodak gain more popularity. Drake posted a video of dancing to one of Kodak’s songs, Skrt. And in the same month, he signed a deal with Atlantic Records.
In May 2016, Kodak got featured on the single Lockjaw by French Montana. And in August 2016, his single Skrt reached Number 10 on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B singles chart. In June the same year, he got named as one of XXL magazine’s 2016 Freshman Class.
In February 2017, Kodak released his single Tunnel Vision. The song debuted at Number 27 and peaked at Number 6 on the Billboard hot. The song represented his first top 10 hit on the US Billboard chart.
In March the same year, Kodak released his debut studio album Painting Pictures. The album sold more than 71,000 units in the first week, a personal record for Kodak.
In January 2018, he got arrested following a raid on his Florida home. He then released the Heart Break Kodak mixtape on Valentine’s Day.
In December 2018 he released his second studio album, Dying to Live. The lead single Zeze featured Travis Scott and Offset. Other singles from the album include Calling My Spirit, I’m Flyin, Take One, and more. Dying to Live paid tribute to dead rapper XXXTentacion. Zeze peaked at Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In October 2019, Kodak released his Zombie track featuring NLE Choppa.
His music is all about previous and future criminal misdeeds. He states that rappers like Chief Keef and Boosie Badazz influenced his style.
Experts praise his signature manifestly youthful voice and mutinous sound. He is one of the young rappers that rejected the old-school emphasis on lyrical variety.
Kodak is one of the more popular mumble rappers.
Kodak is as famous for his legal issues as he is for his singles. You cannot talk about Kodak without mentioning his dark side. He has at least 11 court cases and got incarcerated multiple times. Some of the charges against him include sexual assault, possession of marijuana, armed robbery, assault, and more.
With a record like that, some might say that he didn’t get his financial wealthy legally. But that is not true. Kodak turns his legal issues into poetic lyrics. With a style rough around the edges, Black cuts to the heart of what he wants to say. Such lyrics brought him fame and fortune.
As for his legal issues, he got placed into a youth detention center three times in one year. And then, he got placed on probation.
In January 2018, he got arrested inside of his Pembroke Pines, Florida home. Most of the charges stemmed from an Instagram live-feed video showing him passing marijuana and gun around a small child. He aced seven felony charges including child neglect.
Then, in February 2018, three of the charges got dropped. He pleaded guilty to the remaining two charges.
In April 2019, a concert promoter filed a lawsuit against him for failing to appear at his concerts. And while on tour for his Dying to Live album in April 2019, FBI officials entered his tour buses. They found weapons and detained some of his crew members. He got arrested in May 2019, while preparing to perform at Rolling Loud Miami.
As of June 2020, Kodak serves his federal sentence at the United States Penitentiary, Big Sandy. It is a high-security prison in Inez, Kentucky. He serves the sentence under the name Bill K Kapri.
Income and Earnings
Kodak Black released six mixtapes and two full studio albums. He also released many singles. All of that ensures a steady flow of income from music.
That is because of his legal issues. The question is will he rise, or fall to the depths of doing time?
Kodak changed his religion to Hebrew Israelite and changed his name to Bill Kahan Blanco. Kahan is a term used as alternative of Kohen, a term used in Judaism. It represents priests who descend from the prophet Aaron, the brother of Moses.
In June 2018, he earned his GED while in jail. As of June 2020, he is single. Before, he dated Yung Miami. The two had an intense relationship and breakup. After she got pregnant, Kodak threatened to punch her in the stomach because she bears another man’s child.
Despite his legal issues, Kodak finds ways to donate money to charities. In October 2018, he donated $10,000 to the Jack and Jill Children’s center. And in November 2018, he announced his wish to build a school in Haiti. In December 2018, he donated money to the Paradise Childcare in Broward Country to buy gifts for 150 kids.