Kodak Black, Florida’s Project Baby, one of the wildest and youngest Rap stars in the game, released his official debut studio album, appropriately titled ‘Painting Pictures’ on Friday (31/3). In the run-up to his release, the young rapper was dealing with impending sexual assault charges, doing questionable as fuck shit on social media site Instagram as well as being imprisoned during the rollout and promotional tour of the album.
Although the album is, for a debut, long; clocking in at just over an hour, for an artist like Kodak Black, it’ll be difficult for him to intrigue and keep his less-dedicated listeners focused on the album. Production wise, the album is pretty impressive. Not only do Metro and Southside appear for “Tunnel Vision”, 30 Roc, Mike WiLL Made-It, Ben Billions and Honourable C-Note also appear for production credits. Although Black may not be, in my eyes particularly, a great writer, his energy, swag and sound he professes over the album show that Kodak is one of the faces promoting Florida Hip-Hop at the moment.
Throughout the album, Kodak touches upon subjects and themes that aren’t that new in Hip-Hop. “Day For Day” and “U Aint Never” see him touching on his release from prison (before being sent back), gang-banging, women, jewellery and excessive spending of money. However, Kodak’s high-pitched, slurred vocals make it sound just a little bit different. It’s nice to hear a young rapper just rap about the daily life they live and while he may not be that lyrically talented, all the songs have kept me interested in where Kodak’s aiming after this.
While there are songs that stand out for both their instrumental and Kodak’s performance on the track, as well as a guest feature, the album is weighed down by the number of tracks that didn’t improve or add any aesthetic. “Candy Paint”, “Conscience”, “Off The Land”, “Top Off Benz” and “There He Go” are the exceptional tracks on the album.
While Kodak holds down the majority of the album solo, which is difficult for a lot of up and coming artists in Hip-Hop’s scene today, Kodak hasn’t released an album where he stands out amongst popular producers behind the boards for him as well as some of the features, including Texas legend and UGK member Bun B.
In all, it’s not a disappointing album. Although Kodak doesn’t sound different to a lot of rappers, his album is fun, instrumentally captivating and the features are all great. It’s unfortunate Kodak couldn’t release his debut project with greater promotion or with a shorter and denser tracklisting.