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Kodak Black’s Album Paints a Unique Picture

Kyle Emery, Staff Writer

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After releasing his first mixtape in December 2013 called, “Project Baby,” Kodak’s rise to fame has only sped up. Since then, he has produced 3 mixtapes each year, signing a deal with Atlantic Records in October 2015. Not only has he produced top rated mixtapes, but he has also debuted hit singles like “Skrt,” that reached number ten on Billboard’s “Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles” and his most recent song, “Tunnel Vision,” released in February 2017, peaked to number 6 on “Billboard Hot 100.” It wasn’t until March 31, 2017, when Kodak would release his first studio album, “Painting Pictures.”

 

Being that this was his first studio album meant that Kodak’s new album would go through standard record label examination and distribution. The benefits to this being an album over a mixtape are the fact that the album’s sales are deemed more elusive and generate more singles overall.

 

Kodak’s first official studio album may seem to  have lowered the initial expectations for the amount of publicity it will receive, but it was the exact opposite. The “Painting Pictures” album is best described as an automatic hit to the public, as the album itself peaked among the top seven albums on Itunes within four days of its release.

 

The album includes 18 songs, two of which are previous hit singles, “Tunnel Vision” and “There The Go.” It also features hit artists, Bun B, Young Thug, Future, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and Jeezy.

 

After four days, the song, “Conscience,” featuring Future has made its way up among the top 9 most popular songs that Kodak has produced, with approximately 1,280,722 clicks on Spotify.

 

As far as his style goes, he keeps each song consistent with dialogue alluding to previous and future criminal deeds, as well as constant inspiration from a rapper by the name of Chief Keef.

 

Upon many sites that review and critique albums, Vibe.com explained Kodak’s consistent style, by saying, “before the visual reaches its denouement, we see a side of Kodak not readily available on wax or seen in headlines—a more charming, humorous and endearing fellow whose idea of love and loyalty is cobbled into an acronym.”

 

One song that features his true style is “Up In Here,” which not only includes a unique, upbeat tempo, but a catchy, rhyme scheme that helps bring the song together as a whole.

 

Another popular song among the others in the album is “There He Go,” which features a combination of different beats during the song, that follow the catchy rhythm presented throughout the song.

 

Rising to the top of the charts is the song, “Tunnel Vision,” featuring a repetitive rhyme scheme, as well as incorporating his history in jail by stating, “Lil Kodak they don’t like to see you winnin’, they wanna see you in a penitentiary.”

 

With an impeccable performance thus far on music charts across the nation, “Painting Pictures” has no doubt in becoming Kodak’s best studio album produced, and has the chance at becoming one of the top ranked albums across many different music sites.

 

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