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In the mind of many of the hip hop world the only thing former US President Donald Trump did of any worth was to pardon embattled rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. Certainly in the opinion of this blog the vast majority of Former President Trump's brownie points stem from the event aforementioned.
In the case of Lil Wayne a veteran rapper was released from a sticky situation. However in the case of Kodak, who still faces certain charges the Prez never had the power to get rid of, he salvaged a budding career from one of the current hip hop generations premier talents.
Kodak hit the Ground running after release putting out the text book trap single "Hit Bout It", and the single and video for "Z Look Jamaican"
In short the quality of Kodak's work post release has been amazing. Either he is vining to the beat in that melodic way we all know and love or he is assaulting us with that staccato trap delivery that is so prevalent in hip hop.
On " Happy Birthday Kodak" (released on his 23rd birthday),
Kodak chooses to emphasize the former as he slides nasally over slower less bass boosted beats lie are found on the initial track, "Gleerious" Kodak harmonizes over piano and bass in his signature way.
"Happy Birthday Kodak" still embraces the young rockstar life that Kodak is known to be a fan of. "Feelin Peachy" uses a minstrel guitar loop and heavy bass as Kodak gives us one of those ear worm trap choruses and snare is along for the ride.
R&B crooner Jacquees is featured on "White Toes" an elegant tribute to no longer having to live trap life. Jacquees delivers an entire verse in his signature tone the subject matter of which is barely distinguishable from a rap verse.
Rylo Rodriguez, Yo Gotti, and Lil Keed have the courtesy to bless us with their presence on the final track titled "Amber Rolls". The song is not wasted. All three artists bring us their easily discernible voices and energy to a trap style beat that makes the toes tap.
While this blog is not entirely obsessed with this project it is more than sufficient between this and May's "Hatian Boy Kodak" it is clear that the young rapper brought his a-game out of the penitentiary. His voice is confident and easy to understand, his bars are crisp and he is still giving us that "no fucks given' attitude that we have been in love with since roughly 2015. WeirdBlog300 gives "Happy Birthday Kodak" 2 out of a possible 3 "100" emojis.