Dieuson Octave (born June 11, 1997), better known by his stage name Kodak Black, is an American rapper from Pompano Beach, Florida. He is noted for his singles “No Flockin” and “Tunnel Vision”, as well as his numerous legal issues.
Dieuson Octave was born on June 11, 1997 in Pompano Beach, Florida, where he was also raised. His mother, Marcelene Octave and his father were emigrants from Haiti. Octave was raised by his mother in Golden Acres, a public housing project in Pompano Beach.
Octave started rapping in elementary school and began to go to a local trap house after school to record music. Octave spend his youth reading thesauruses and dictionaries to further his vocabulary. Octave used to get in a lot of trouble which included him being included in multiple brawls and breaking and entering frequently with his friends. Talking about his upbringing, Octave said that he was given two options “sell drugs with a gun on his hip or rap”
From the age of six, Octave used the nickname “Black”. He also used the nickname “Lil’ Black”. When he joined Instagram he chose the username “Kodak Black”. This later became his stage name when he started to rap and a name favored by his fans.
Octave’s music is frequently about “previous and future criminal misdeeds”, and he stated that he’s been influenced by rappers Boosie Badazz and Chief Keef.
The New Yorker described his “manifestly youthful voice” and “mutinous sound”, and stated “Octave joins other young rappers who have rejected an old-school emphasis on lyrical variety, individualism, and personal catharsis”.
In 2016, The Fader wrote that Octave “articulates the constant state of affliction that living in a poverty-stricken environment can mean. He makes emotionally intelligent observations in a manner reminiscent of teenage artists of the ‘90s, such as Mobb Deep and Lil’ Wayne, whose voices were valued as genuine illustrations of life in their corners of America”.