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Kodak Black

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Kodak Black
Kodak Black in an Atlantic press photo, 2016
Kodak Black in an Atlantic press photo, 2016
Background information
Birth nameDieuson Octave
Also known as
  • Bill Kahan Blanco
  • J-Black[1]
Born (1997-06-11) June 11, 1997 (age 27)[2]
Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2009–present
ChildrenAt least 1
Criminal information
Criminal penalty

Bill Kahan Kapri[6] (born Dieuson Octave on June 11, 1997), better known by his stage name Kodak Black, is an American rapper.

Early life[change | change source]

Kodak Black was born Dieuson Octave on June 11, 1997, in Pompano Beach, Florida. He is the son of Haitian immigrant Marcelene Octave.[7] His stage name combines the first name of the photo company Kodak and Lil' Black, which was another name Octave used.

Career[change | change source]

Black first became known with the single "No Flockin", released in 2014.

His first studio album, Painting Pictures (2017), went onto the US Billboard 200 at number three. It included the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single "Tunnel Vision".

Black's second album, Dying to Live (2018), went to number one on the Billboard 200. Its single "Zeze" (featuring Travis Scott and Offset) went onto the Hot 100 at number two.

He released his third album, Bill Israel (2020), while incarcerated. His fourth album, Back for Everything, followed in 2022. Back for Everything contains the hit single "Super Gremlin" as a bonus track.

Personal life[change | change source]

On May 2, 2018, Black legally changed his name from "Dieuson Octave" to "Bill Kahan Kapri".[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Uncover Kodak Black's Music When He Was Known as J-Black – XXL".
  2. "Dieuson Octave". Local 10.com. Archived from the original on March 9, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  3. "Kodak Black". Soundcloud.
  4. "Kodak Black Signs Record Deal With Atlantic Records". 24hourhiphop.com. October 21, 2015. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015.
  5. "Kodak Black Interview | Pigeons & Planes". Pigeonsandplanes.com.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Kodak Black Faces 2–7 Year Sentence After Pleading Guilty to Gun Charge". Complex Networks.
  7. Clarkson, Brett. "How Kodak Black made it big — and could lose it all". sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved November 13, 2019.

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