Kodak Black’s Performance Art


I don’t know what this is supposed to be. If this were a film about Kodak Black’s life this scene would be rewritten for being too on-the-nose. A young, brash up-and-coming rapper is sent to prison, his records take off and upon his release from prison he is immediately zapped with a billion watts of hip-hop fame and expectation which results in him having a Richie-Tenenbaum-esque breakdown on “The Breakfast Club.”

The first thing is the ski mask. Why would he wear a ski mask on a nationally-syndicated radio show that is also filmed for internet viewership? It’s bizarre, but hip-hop thrives on the unconventional. Nobody would care at all if he would have worn the ski mask and given good answers to the questions that were asked of him. Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Angela Lee plied young Kodak with questions for twenty minutes to try to coerce some personality from him, but to no avail. He consistently gave short, stilted, barely sensible answers to normal, innocuous questions. Eventually the interview developed a slight rhythm, but it was still awkward.

The interview began with a lighthearted discussion about Kodak’s recent claims that he’s the best rapper alive. Kodak said that he would fight Lil’ Wayne for the title. In my opinion neither of them is the best rapper alive, but both are competing for who can say the most ludicrous nonsense during an interview. Kanye would be up there too, but he does his damage from the stage.

Watching the video I had to speculate at his motivations. Here are my guesses:

  • He isn’t ready for the spotlight. He didn’t have a breakdown. He’s just not quite ready for everything the spotlight entails. Not a big deal.
  • He was intoxicated.
  • He was trolling. A few years back Tyler the Creator trolled Sway, but the difference was that Tyler’s trolling was funny.
  • He actually has problems that require medical attention.

If it isn’t one of those four reasons than I’m stumped. Hopefully it’s not the fourth one.

Kodak was released from prison last month. Since then he has released several new songs. For more about Kodak Black click here.


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