Kodak Black is a product of the Pompano Beach projects that raised him and the rap music that influenced him during his meteoric rise. Kodak, born Dieuson Octave, was a part of several different rap groups in his youth, releasing music under the stage name J-Black. Then, he dropped his first mixtape Project Baby in 2013, followed by Heart of the Projects in 2014 and Institution the year after.
When Drake posted a video of himself dancing to “Skrt,” Kodak garnered even more national attention. That same month, he signed with Atlantic Records, and he was meant to go on tour with Lil Uzi Vert in 2016, but he could not attend due to his ongoing legal issues. While Kodak continued to climb the Billboard charts from 2016 to 2018, his legal woes followed him as well. Kodak Black dropped his debut album Painting Pictures in 2017, carried by its lead single, “Tunnel Vision,” landing Kodak his first top 10 Billboard chart placement for both the song and the album. After releasing Project Baby 2 later that year, Kodak Black was arrested in Florida at the top of 2018. After being released, Kodak dropped his second album Dying to Live in 2018. Kodak Black’s career has been marred with controversy and he has been in and out of prison since 2018. Being freed recently from his last bid after being pardoned by former president Donald Trump, Kodak has rejoined society and turned his focus on music.