A Kodak moment gone awry

Ryland Staples | Staff Writer

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Following the death of West Coast rapper Nipsey Hussle, Florida rapper Kodak Black found himself under fire after making inappropriate comments about actress Lauren London, Hussle’s girlfriend, claiming he would “wait a whole year” for her to mourn the death of her significant other.

With Hussle’s death so recent and emotions about it so raw, some notable people in the rap community think Kodak was out of line when he made those comments.

Rap legends The Game and T.I. voiced their disapproval through video replies they posted on social media. T.I. even went as far as removing Kodak Black from the Trap Museum in Atlanta.

Kodak Black has been referred to on social media as a misogynist. Beyond the fact that he was disrespectful toward London, especially in her time of grief, he also has a very checkered past with his treatment of women.

“Hip-hop star Kodak Black is facing charges of raping a high school student in South Carolina,” The State reported earlier this month. According to 12th Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements, in The State article, a crime took place in a hotel room after Black’s concert in Florence. The arrest warrant accuses the rapper of committing sexual assault in February 2016.

Earlier this year, Kodak released a song in which he referred to female rapper Young M.A., saying he would have sexual relations with her while also using anti-lesbian slurs throughout the project.

Several people have expressed their reservations about the Florida rapper, and Kodak has not done anything to try and resolve the situation.

How can some still support him with a clear conscience? How can they feel good about supporting a person that has been a magnet for bad behavior ever since he became famous?

It seems strange he still has a reliable fanbase that supports him and listens to his music even after all of this has become publicly known. But is it really surprising?

R Kelly had numerous fans while he was going through his trial in the early 2000s and still does today. Sadly, people can too easily separate the art from the artist, and until that can stop, people like Kodak Black won’t be going anywhere.

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