Meandering around a midday parking lot, rapper Kodak Black decided to perform a 12-minute freestyle rap for the camera. That’s two minutes longer than Black Thought’s impressive ten-minute spit on Hot 97 earlier this month and forty minutes shorter than the average doom metal track.
In the 12-minute screed, Kodak Black (real name Dieuson Octave) covers everything from marijuana edibles, jail time and people shitting themselves. The rising trap star starts off a little wobbly, as if he’s been caught completely off guard before sinking his teeth into it. Black warns: “this shit right off the top, dawg.” Then, Black begins to find his cadence and strokes it out for a 12-minute session.
Kodak Black raps over a Lil Baby track called Freestyle, originally produced by Joseph Davinci. At no point does Black gesture or signal to anyone to cut the loop off, casually swaying around the parking lot with a white cup in hand.
The recording came a week after Black claimed his verses were ‘realer’ than Jay-Z’s over Instagram. It’s a ballsy claim for someone who is only 20 years old.
But 2017 is arguably Kodak Black’s biggest year in his career so far. In March, Black released “Painting Pictures,” his first studio album, which climbed all the way to the #2 Billboard spot for hip-hop. With guest spots by Young Thug and Future, “Painting Pictures” went gold by August. His success has risen even as he’s faced mounting criminal charges. The year started off with charges of assault in a Miami strip club which were dropped while he was already in jail for violating house arrest.