Kodak Black Says He Wants To Be More Well-Known As A Philanthropist

The Florida rapper recently expressed on Instagram Live that he's not concerned with gangster attitudes anymore.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares

Kodak Black recently made some very interesting remarks on Instagram Live about what he wants to be known as. While many know him as one of the cornerstone artists of the SoundCloud rap generation still making huge numbers today, the Florida rapper expressed a desire to create a different public image around him. Moreover, he said that he no longer concerns himself with gangster attitudes and the lifestyle his music uses as subject matter. Rather, he wants to get more recognition as a community leader and family man. Whether the public reciprocates his wishes or not, he's taken steps towards that goal.

"People care to be a gangsta," the 25-year-old remarked. "They care for n-ggas looking at them like they some type of gangsta. I don’t give a f**k about that s**t you heard me? I don’t live for that. I’m a philanthropist, a good n***a, righteous, all that. I only worry about being a good son and making sure my mom is proud of me. Making sure my family proud of me." Given how his recent legal troubles had minimal interference with his live shows, this is certainly a good sign that Kodak Black will have a much different legacy than what many assumed about him.

Kodak Black Wants To Change His Public Image

However, that's not to say that his past mistakes have no bearing on his public image today. For example, he notably appeared on Kendrick Lamar's Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers as a principal narrative voice, complete with his own interlude. As the album tackles themes of generational trauma, personal accountability, and a host of other dense topics, many saw his inclusion as either righteous or dangerous given his history of assault. Furthermore, fans had to decide whether him being on the album was enough to repent, or whether to still demand a true change of heart from the "No Flockin" hitmaker given his initial lackluster apology and the fact he doesn't address it on the album.

Regardless of that controversy, Yak positively impacted his community and family in many ways. Moreover, he paid rent for 28 families facing eviction last September. "28 Families Was Bout To Get Evicted For Being Behind On Their Rent A Few Months,” he expressed on his IG story. “I Paid What They Owed And Also Paid Their Rents For The Next Few Months So They Good For The Remaining Of The Year." Amid other charitable works and business endeavors, Kutthroat Bill continued to inspire more positive impacts and attitudes. Now, his own reckoning with his past and his mistakes seems like the next step. Still, stick around on HNHH for the latest news and updates on Kodak Black.


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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.