Kodak hails from Pompano Beach, a town of about 100,000 just north of Fort Lauderdale and about an hour north of central Miami. He's a "Project Baby" from the Golden Acres Developments, which make up the most impoverished part of the city. Kodak's mother, as well as his estranged father, are Haitian immigrants in a city with the country's highest percentage of Haitian migrants, and his Haitian heritage is a constant part of his identity.
Kodak started rapping in elementary school. Early in his teen years, he began going to a local trap house after school, more fascinated by the low-budget studio set up in the back than with the guns or drugs. As his hood, and its inhabitants, are often overlooked within the greater Miami area, Kodak doesn't look up to any of his neighboring kingpin rappers. His favorite artist is Lil Boosie, the king of the similarly marginalized town of Baton Rouge. He discovered Boosie with his debut album, Youngest of da Camp, released in 2000, when Boosie was 17. Of course, Kodak wasn't banging the record when he was 3 years old, but to him, Boosie is an old-school legend, and he, like Boosie, wants to be the young savior, the "chosen child," of his own projects.
And it's not a stretch to say that, at age 18, he's got the hood on his back.