Kodak Black is an American hip hop recording artist and rapper. His birth name is Dieuson Octave. He is recognized by his stage name Kodak Black. He is noted for his singles “No Flockin” and “Tunnel Vision”, as well as his numerous legal issues. He has released several albums and mixtape in his career.
The rapper has faced several legal issues and has a history of run-ins with the law. Currently, he has been taken to the Broward County Sherrif’s Office in Florida, as he was arrested on seven felony charges.
Dieuson Octave was born on June 11, 1997, in Pompano Beach, Florida, where he was also raised. His parents were emigrants from Haiti. Octave was raised by his mother, Marcelene Octave, in Golden Acres, a public housing project in Pompano Beach. He is American by nationality belonging to the Afro-American ethnicity. He has an older brother named John Wicks.
Octave started rapping in elementary school and began to go to a local trap house after school to record music. Octave spent his youth reading thesauruses and dictionaries to further his vocabulary. Octave used to get in a lot of trouble which included him participating in multiple brawls and breaking and entering frequently with his friends. Octave was kicked out of school in the fifth grade for fighting and caught his first punishable-by-life charge when he was in middle-school for Grand Theft Auto. Talking about his upbringing, Octave said that he was given two options “sell drugs with a gun on his hip or rap”.
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 2014, Octave stated that he was working towards his high school diploma at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach.
During his incarceration, Octave began to identify as a Hebrew Israelite after a priest who conducts prison ministry studied scripture with him. Octave later filed to change his name to Bill Kahan Blanco, with Kahan meaning “priest” in Hebrew.
Although Kodak rapped about what he wanted for himself, he didn’t always believe that his music would get him there. “I felt like, this is not going to work: look where I’m from, I don’t know nobody, I’m too young,” he says. “My dad wasn’t in my life, he couldn’t buy me shit. My mom, her money going was straight to the bills. So I was like, fuck it, I got to get my own money. At least if I had money in my pocket, I could get some food when I’m hungry.”
- Full Name: Dieuson Octave
- Other Names: Kodak Black J-Black
- Born: June 11, 1997
- Birth Place: Pompano Beach, Florida, United States
- Astrological Sign: Gemini
- Height: 5 feet 9 inches
- Genres: Hip hop, Rap
- Occupation(s): Rapper, Songwriter
- Instruments: Vocals
- Years active: 2009–present
- Labels: Dollaz N Dealz Sniper Gang Atlantic
He began rapping at the age of twelve with the group Brutal Youngnz. He was largely inspired by his favorite rapper Lil Boosie. He would later become affiliated with a group called the Kolyons.
Kodak Black released his first mixtape, Project Baby in December 2013. Later, he released other mixtapes like Heart of the Projects in 2014 and Institution in 2015.
In 2016, Kodak Black appeared on French Montana’s hit single “Lockjaw” before releasing his fourth mixtape, Lil B.I.G. Pac. The following year he put out his debut studio album, Painting Pictures, which featured guest spots from Jeezy, Future, and Young Thug. Kodak quickly returned with Project Baby 2 later in 2017, the fifth mixtape and sequel to the 2014 Project Baby release. The R&B-influenced mixtape Heart Break Kodak dropped on Valentine’s Day in 2018.