It's hard to go anywhere without hearing Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" this summer, though I can't imagine why you'd want to. That song bumps, whether you're at the club or just driving through the city with your windows down, and if it doesn't make you feel some type of way, we are just not alike.
Frankly, it's sort of surprising more remixes haven't popped up, but Kodak Black is here to change that up. Audio has been released of him flowing over the instrumental for Cardi's track, though he did decide to change the name up to "Kodak Orange." He sounds right at home over the instrumental, and he probably should, because this is where things start to get a little interesting.
A lot of hip-hop fans are aware that "Bodak Yellow" takes inspiration from a Kodak Black song, "No Flockin." The style of the instrumental is similar, but it's Kodak's flow and cadence on the song that are obvious inspirations for Cardi's more recent hit. His voice hits a crescendo to punctuate the space between the bars, and we saw Cardi rap in that exact same style when "Bodak Yellow" dropped earlier this year. Listen to the similarities:
So while Kodak is technically remixing Cardi's song, he's also in a roundabout way remixing his own song, which is a confusing, hilarious, and fascinating thing to have happen. The best part is there seems to be no animosity over Cardi cribbing his song, and Kodak even shows some love for the Bronx native at the beginning of "Kodak Orange."
"You know why I fuck with Cardi B? Because they be thinkin’ both of us crazy and shit," he says at the beginning of the song. "This sound like some 'Bodak Orange' shit, some 'Kodak Orange' shit."
Jacking somebody's flow has gotten many a rapper in trouble in the past, and it's sort of refreshing to have it go the other way this time. It probably helps that Kodak is allegedly collecting checks from all these "Bodak Yellow" sales and streams, at least if you believe what he tells fans on his livestreams.
You can listen to a snippet of "Kodak Orange" up top.