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Billboard: Kodak Black's 'Painting Pictures' Album & 'Project Baby' Documentary Show a Rap Star Hungry to Win

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Billboard: Kodak Black's 'Painting Pictures' Album & 'Project Baby' Documentary Show a Rap Star Hungry to Win

On Thursday night (March 30), a batch of music journalists and tastemakers swarmed Landmark Sunshine Cinema in downtown New York City to listen to burgeoning rap star Kodak Black's debut album Painting Pictures several hours before its official release. 

Despite his absence (he is currently incarcerated for violating his probation in February), the label seamlessly transformed the movie theater into Black's personal playpen. At the entrance, an animated poster of the Florida rapper greeted those who were eager to listen to his latest offering. On the second floor at the concession stands was a sign that showed his loaded track-list; rap heavyweights FutureJeezyYoung Thug, and Bun B appear as featured guests. As fans journeyed onto the third floor, bottles of Belaire and Hennessey were flowing in Styrofoam cups bearing Black's semblance. 

By 7:45 p.m., Black and WorldStarHipHop's Project Baby debuted, honing in on the rise of rap's most polarizing newcomer. Viewers encountered a younger version of Black, as his freestyle over Wale's "Ambition" blared through the speakers. Hungry to cement his name in rap, Black delivered blistering bars over the MMG signee's track, which later propelled him to higher heights in Florida's rap scene. 

"Black was a project baby," recalled Polo Pooh, a close friend of the young Pompano Beach-bred phenom. Often embroiled in skirmishes and legal mishaps, Black revealed that he was "gifted," but trapped in a rough environment. "I was bad, but I was smart," he said.  

The documentary also featured footage of Black working with Future on a song titled "Conscience." With his vocals soaked in Auto-Tune, Future compares himself to James Harden while acknowledging how "all my n----s got love for me." (Black is also slated to be an opener for the Atlanta hitmaker's forthcoming Nobody Safe tour.) 

Packed with bangers including his fiery Billboard Hot 100 hit "Tunnel Vision," Painting Pictures puts Black's best foot forward despite his current circumstances. Tracks like his radio-friendly tune "Patty Cake" and "Save Me" will have the ladies thirsting for more from the 19-year-old spitter. On the former, Black raps about "sipping Belaire with my girl from Bel Air," while on the latter, he vows to protect his damsel in distress from any harm. 

Black's most touching record, perhaps, is his intro "Day for Day," where he somberly raps about his turbulent life pre-hip-hop and vows to put on for his 'hood. He offers, "Neighborhood hero, I know I'm gonna save the day."

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HotNewHipHop.com - Kodak Black Launches His Clothing Line

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HotNewHipHop.com - Kodak Black Launches His Clothing Line

Kodak Black launches his own streetwear and merchandise brand, Sniper Gang.

Famous for his extreme behavior as much as for his music, Florida rapper Kodak Black is moving to the business side of things. LilBIGPac has launched his own clothing line called Sniper Gang. Named after the label the 19-year-old has founded, the streetwear company sells apparel as well as merchandise on their website www.snipergangapparel.com

For now, the website sell t-shirts, showcases his music and reveals upcoming tour dates. There's also a blog with published articles about the self-proclaimed best rapper alive. The video for "Weatherman," featuring Yo Gotti, welcomes visitors on the homepage. 

Consumers can even download a mobile app to stay up to speed with everything related to Kodak. The Instagram account for the site posted its first batch of merchandise pics Tuesday. No trace of the ski mask the rapper donned on The Breakfast Club sadly.

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New York Times: Kodak Black’s ‘Lil B.I.G. Pac’ Wrestles With Hard Choices

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New York Times: Kodak Black’s ‘Lil B.I.G. Pac’ Wrestles With Hard Choices
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...

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The Source: LET’S HELP KODAK BLACK FINESSE THE SYSTEM

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The Source: LET’S HELP KODAK BLACK FINESSE THE SYSTEM
Earlier this week on Snapchat, DJ Khaled donned a Fly Supply Clothing “Free Kodak Black” shirt, and we have the plug on where you can get one. The shirts are for sale right now at flysupplykodak.com for only $25. After Friday, August 5 the shirts go up to $35 so place your orders now...

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Kodak Black's "Lil BIG Pac" (Review)

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Last summer, in what seemed like an oddly coordinated effort, hip hop listeners began solidifying the first-string lineup for the next generation of trap stars. Migos had been around the block, Kevin Gates was well on his way to a huge debut album, and hell, even Young Thug was enough of an established star that he no longer seemed as foreign as he used to...

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The FADER: Why Kodak Black's American Story Is So Important

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The FADER: Why Kodak Black's American Story Is So Important

On Lil B.I.G. Pac, the Florida rapper shares a black perspective that's just as valuable as Kendrick's.

In these #woke times, the hip-hop artists who receive the most critical acclaim are often the ones who spit some sort of redemption rap or whose politics are clearly delineated...

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