MITMondays: Kodak Black Paints a Dope Picture
It’s been a long time coming but my squad finally got what they been asking for. That's for me to share my thoughts on Kodak Black. Kodak has definitely been one of hip-hop’s rising stars over the past year. He’s one of the few artists from the 2016 XXL Freshman list that actually makes quality music and makes you want to listen on multiple occasions. With the release of his newest album Painting Pictures, he has solidified his spot as one of raps brightest stars. The Project Baby is only 19 but has had a lot of success as of late. From platinum records to just releasing banger after banger one could say that lil Kodak is winning.
Painting Pictures was released a couple of weeks ago and it is starting to grow on me. One thing I have to give Kodak credit for is that with each project he drops there has been improvement. You can see a big difference from Institution to Painting Pictures. Kodak’s beat selection for this album was also pretty dope. He gave us a wide array of beats from trap to something a little more up tempo and even slowed it down a bit for us on a couple of tracks
Personally, some of my favorite Kodak tracks are when he slows it down and they tend to be some of his most heartfelt songs as well. My favorite song of this project is Candy Paint featuring Bun B. The song has a better chorus than Tunnel Vision, which is Kodak’s most successful song to date. The catchy, "Everybody wanna ride candy” melody has stuck in my head for days. The feature from Bun B shows how much respect Kodak has in the game today. A song that absolutely deserves more recognition is U Ain’t Ever. It fits into that slowed category I touched on earlier and is that smoothed out music you can just ride out to.
Overall, I was very impressed with this Kodak album. Kodak has the potential to be one of the better rappers in the game and I hope he reaches that potential. I feel all he has to do is stay out of legal trouble and continue the progression he is on right now and he will do big things. I’m definitely pulling for the Project Baby. As always…