ARTIST PROFILE

Kodak Black

Name: Dieuson Octave

Birthday: June 11, 1997

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Dieuson Octave (born June 11, 1997), better known by his stage name Kodak Black, is an American rapper.

He was born in Pompano Beach, Florida, where he was also raised. His parents were immigrants from Haiti. Octave was raised by his mother in Golden Acres, a public housing project in Pompano Beach.

From the age of six, Octave used the nickname “Black”. He also used the nickname “Lil’ Black”. When he joined Instagram he chose the username “Kodak Black”. This later became his stage name when he started to rap and a name favored by his fans.

In 2009, at age 12, Kodak Black joined a rap group called “Brutal Youngnz”, under his first official stage name “J-Black”. He then joined a local rap group called “The Kolyons”. In December 2013, Kodak Black later released his first mixtape, Project Baby, followed in December 2014 with the mixtape “Heart of the Projects” and in December 2015 with the mixtape Institution.

In October 2015, Canadian rapper Drake posted a video of himself dancing to one of Kodak Black’s songs, “Skrt”, which helped Kodak Black gain popularity. That same month, Kodak Black signed a deal with Atlantic Records. In May 2016, Kodak Black and rapper and label-mate Lil Uzi Vert announced their intention to partner for a national tour called the “Parental Advisory Tour”, however, Kodak Black did not appear on the tour.

In May 2016, Kodak Black was featured on French Montana’s single “Lockjaw”, from French Montana’s twenty first mixtape MC4, which reached a peak position of 23 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In August 2016, Kodak Black’s single Skrt reached number 10 on Billboard’s “Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles” chart. In June 2016, he released his fourth mixtape, Lil B.I.G. Pac, which became his first mixtape to chart on Billboard, reaching number 49 on the “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” chart and number 18 on the Heatseakers Albums chart.[16]

In June 2016, Kodak Black was named one of XXL magazine’s “2016 Freshman Class”.

In August 2016, Kodak Black was criticized when a studio session video was released showing him ridiculing dark-skinned black women with lyrics which implied those women were less attractive than light-skinned black women. While in jail in 2016, he released the song “Can I”.

In January 2017, Kodak Black broadcast an Instagram Live video of himself in a Washington, D.C hotel room with several other men, while a lone female performed oral sex on them. Kodak Black’s Instagram account hit a record high during the broadcast. The rapper later posted a message on Twitter about the incident reading “If I could change I swear I would .. I tried everything but I’m just so hood.”

On February 17, 2017, Kodak Black released the single “Tunnel Vision”. The song debuted at number 27 and peaked at number 6, becoming Kodak’s first top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 17 on the Canadian Hot 100.

On March 31, 2017, Kodak Black released his debut studio album “Painting Pictures”.

In February 2017, Kodak Black was arrested for violation of his probation. He appeared in court in April 2017, where his anger management counselor Ramona Sanchez spoke about Kodak Black disrupting her class. Sanchez said he was constantly burping during her class, and when asked to leave, he refused. When Sanchez threatened to call 911, Kodak Black grabbed her phone and her wrist. The counselor recommended that Kodak Black participate in individual therapy instead of group therapy.

On May 4, 2017, Kodak Black was sentenced for violating his house arrest to 364 days in the Broward County Jail, with the possibility of an early release if he completes a life skills course. He was released on June 5, 2017. He will remain on house arrest for one year, and five years of probation.

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