Undeniably, the state of hip-hop continues to ascend to unseen heights, as artists consistently evolve their craft. Most artists understand that their music represents a connection that extends beyond themselves. As a result, hip-hop leaped over its counterparts as the generational preference. Furthermore, each artist contributes multiple streams of talent to the genre that deserve recognition for their impact.
Kodak Black (Project Baby) represents the ‘hustler’ mentality needed in order to overcome the struggle. Growing up in Pompano Beach, Florida placed Kodak in the “NOLIA” Golden Acres projects. Throughout the impoverished conditions, Kodak maintained within his household at a young age. Thus, his ability to channel aggression in coordination with introspective dexterity draws serious comparisons to Lil Wayne.
Kodak Black illustrates the harsh realities of growing up in a single-parent household. Demographically, his area became overrun with low-income public housing.
“Imagine this cause I ain’t have a pot to piss. Or a window to throw it out of.” (Never imagine, kb)
Kodak Black’s legal problems are well-documented. His current arraignment provides his freedom with certain restrictions. Accordingly, Kodak continues to progress on his own terms and supply quality musical material.
Versatility is gold. Kodak recorded his first song at the tender age of fourteen on Wale’s “Ambition” beat. At the time, his range of vocal inflection combined with the complexity of flow spoke volumes for someone so young. Presently, the depth of his lyrical complexity outweighs that of his peers.
One issue within hip-hop is that rhythmic hip-hop artists find themselves categorized altogether. For instance, rock ‘n’ roll has several subgenres; meanwhile, hip-hop carries the weight of one label. Particularly, distinctions and categories only achieve so much. Ultimately, the music determines the type of momentum experienced by the audience and vice versa.
Kodak Black embarked upon his “Project Baby” tour Oct.21. Notably, his prolific streak of mixtape and albums projected him unto the Billboard Top 200 and earned him a nomination for “Best New Artist” at the MTV Music Awards. With rhythms and cadences, Kodak creates content with evocative imagery. His lyrical nihilism, work ethic, and hunger situate him squarely atop colleagues.