To be young is to do stupid shit, that’s pretty much a universal constant. Unless you were one of the kids that asked for extra credit every day all the way through high school, I would imagine you still kick yourself over a few stupid decisions you made before the age of 21.
When I was 19, I was an undeniable fuck-up. I couldn’t keep a job, I was bouncing around my friends’ couches and I had developed a nasty opioid habit that had me selling everything I owned and stealing whatever I didn’t. Kodak Black is currently 19-years-old and, to date, he has put together a laundry list of outrageously bad decisions, many of which could jeopardize his ability to enjoy the successes he’s so quickly attaining.
Better than most, I understand what it’s like to have a complete disregard for both yourself and authority, to have your decision making shrouded by a haze of compulsivity and a healthy hatred of authority. And as someone that’s made it through to the other side, I genuinely hope Kodak can get his shit together, but it’s not looking promising.
Kodak’s latest single “Tunnel Vision” has quickly become the Florida rapper’s most successful record to date, having jumped 19 spots in the past week alone to land at No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100—an impressive feat, in general, made much more impressive when accomplished in only two weeks. Kodak was also recently in the middle of headlining his ironically-named Back & Better tour—that is, up until just a couple weeks ago.
On February 28, Kodak added another notch on his arrest record, following a violation of the five-year probation he received for charges in May of 2016 that included strong arm robbery, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a delinquent and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement. This is following an ongoing string of charges against the young rapper, including a 2016 rape charge in South Carolina—the details of which are absolutely abhorrent—that is still pending.
Those aren’t exactly your run-of-the-mill juvenile mishaps, but up until his most recent arrest, it seemed as though Kodak was trying to put his past behind him. His Twitter began to prominently feature Christian overtones and inspirational tweets, a motif that has continued following his arrest.
While a decent portion of Kodak’s legal woes began before he had attained any true notoriety, the majority of his recent problems have been a direct product of his inability to stop making idiotic decisions in the face of a burgeoning rap career. It’s great to find salvation in religion and help out your fellow man, but at a certain point it comes off as purely reactionary, especially when it’s not keeping you from repeating your mistakes.
As Kodak sits in jail, again, there are literally thousands of aspiring artists who would kill for a spot in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, while at the same time headlining a successful tour, and to see Kodak squandering his moment in the spotlight just as its beginning is equal parts disheartening and frustrating.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
Art Credit: Rogelio Padilla