Dying to Live
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.