Release Date: Jun 10, 2016
Record label: N/A
Nineteen-year-old Florida rapper Kodak Black has always been blessed with a slurred, frog-like croak—though he’s had trouble differentiating himself from similarly drawling Southern forefathers like Boosie Badazz and Gucci Mane. After making a splash with two viral hits, “No Flockin” and “SKRT,” he released three good-not-great mixtapes, all of them overlong and generally indistinguishable from many of his contemporaries. His latest tape, Lil B.I.G.
His May arrest for year-old warrants hasn't stopped Kodak Black's Lil B.I.G. Pac mixtape from seeing the light of day. The warrants, whose charges include armed robbery and false imprisonment, led to the Florida native's second arrest of 2016, the first coming after taking police on a high-speed car chase — all this before he's old enough to legally drink.True to his recent trials, Lil B.I.G.
Kodak Black, all of 19 years old, works fast. His strong new mixtape, “Lil B.I.G. Pac,” is his fourth, but it arrives an inopportune moment: Kodak Black is in jail, the latest chapter in a string of legal struggles that have pockmarked his otherwise rapid ascent. In April, he was arrested on weapon and drug charges after leading police officers on a chase after the authorities said they had observed a passenger in his car engaging in a drug transaction.
Landing a spot on the 2016 XXL Freshman class cover is no simple task. In order to snag a spot on the desired cover, rappers need to represent both the current hip-hop landscape while standing out from the millions of other MCs trying to make it. This year’s freshman class has some of the most promising new acts hip-hop has seen in a while, including Kodak Black.