Pompano rapper Kodak Black, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, has been arrested on charges of possession of a weapon or ammo by a felon, possession of cannabis/synthetic cannabis less than 20 grams, fleeing/eluding a law enforcement officer at high speed, and disobeying a traffic device.
Reports say that Hallandale Beach Police saw him parked yesterday at a building known for drug dealing. His passenger, Wisdom Williams, bought marijuana, but when cops moved to arrest, Black sped off and ran a red light going 60 mph where the speed limit was 30. They say he was stopped in Hollywood and threw a Glock in the garbage, but it was retrieved.
It's interesting that pot triggered this whole incident, because Hallandale Beach last year decriminalized weed, meaning it gave cops the option to treat marijuana as a civil offense rather than a criminal one. It was the first city in Broward to do so.
Not good for the 18-year-old Black, who just this week was profiled in New Yorker magazine as an up-and-comer.
Said the typically stodgy mag of Black:
"On his song “Skrt,” he raps, “Fuck my school and fuck my teacher, too.” Certainly rock stars and rappers have said this before, but Octave’s manifestly youthful voice makes it especially effective. “Skrt” lurches along to a minimalist, bottom-heavy beat, and Octave is sparse and repetitive with his phrasing. He spends the bulk of an eight-count chorus chanting the word “skrt”—a fashionable rap ad-lib that mimics the sound made by a screeching tire. It’s a primal declaration of forward momentum. With this hook, Octave joins other young rappers who have rejected an old-school emphasis on lyrical variety, individualism, and personal catharsis. (Remember how he feels about school?)
But the young rapper insisted it wasn't a co-sign from Drake that got him where he is today:
While he says the Drake nod "motivated me to keep pushing," make no mistake: "It didn’t get me where I am today. My music did,” says Black. “It has to be deeper than rap.”
Even then, he had already been arrested before.
Today, #FreeKodak was trending on Twitter, where some people were even sharing snaps of the rapper being apprehended by police: