Kodak Black Has Been Released From Jail

The 21-year-old rapper was released from county jail Saturday, about seven months after he was arrested in a house raid.

Kodak Black is no longer behind bars.

As expected, the 21-year-old rapper was released from Broward County Jail on Saturday, after serving seven months of his initial yearlong sentence. Kodak—born Dieuson Octave—reportedly returned his mother’s house upon his release, and intends to get back in the studio ASAP.

The Painting Pictures artist was arrested in early 2018 after authorities stormed his Florida home. Law enforcement claims the raid was sparked by Kodak’s Instagram Live broadcast, in which he and a group of houseguests were allegedly seen around a gun, marijuana, and a child. Kodak was immediately taken into custody and slapped with multiple charges, including grand theft of a firearm, possession of marijuana, possession of a weapon by a felon, and child neglect without great bodily harm. Those charges were eventually dropped over the course of several court hearings. Kodak eventually pleaded guilty to minor parole violations: driving with a suspended license and “associating with people committing crimes.”

Because of the reduced charges and motions filed by his legal team, Kodak’s release date was moved up from October to September to Aug. 18.

“All I can say is, I work very hard to try and give all of my clients a second chance,” Kodak’s attorney Bradford Cohen told Pitchfork about the shortened sentence. “We were lucky that the matter concerning [...] Kodak was resolved in a way we felt was extremely fair by the prosecutor handling the matter. He looks forward to getting out and creating new music and spreading his charity work.”

While serving his time, Kodak made a couple of life changes: He finally earned his GED and changed his legal name to Bill K. Kapri. Cohen said Kodak decided to change his name because he wanted a “fresh start.” At this time, it appears the rapper will retain his rap alias.

Though he’s no longer incarcerated, Kodak isn’t completely out of the clear. The rapper was indicted on unrelated sexual assault charges in October 2017 and is now awaiting trial.

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