Dy­ing to Live

Kodak Black

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De­spite spend­ing most of the last year in prison, Florid­ian rap­per Kodak Black has man­aged to mix party swag­ger with gritty nar­ra­tive on his sec­ond stu­dio al­bum. Fea­tur­ing guest spots, sam­ples straight from his­tor­i­cal ar­chives and con­stant con­fronta­tion of his re­cent trou­bles but con­tin­ued fame, Black both ad­mits to his suc­cess and ac­knowl­edges his roots through­out this com­pelling project.


1. Kodak Black’s name at birth was Dieu­son Oc­tave, but he used the nick­name ‘Black’ from the age of six. He chose ‘Kodak Black’ when he joined In­sta­gram, pay­ing homage to the cam­era.

2. His par­ents were mi­grants from Haiti.

3. He signed to At­lantic Records shortly af­ter Cana­dian rap­per Drake posted a video of him­self danc­ing to one of Black’s songs, “SKRT”.

4. Dy­ing to Live has been re­leased within three months of Black serv­ing his third pe­riod of in­car­cer­a­tion – although he re­leased a mix­tape, Heart Break Kodak, while still in jail.

5. The track “Mal­colm X.X.X.” fea­tures ac­tual sound bites from Mal­colm X’s 1963 in­ter­view with Pro­fes­sor J. Her­man Blake.

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