Kodak Black is a leader of hip-hop's new school. In the span of three years, the Pompano Beach, Fla., native has become one of rap's more prolific and popular newcomers, building his fanbase with mixtapes like Institution, Lil B.I.G. Pac and Project Baby 2. While the 2016 XXL Freshman has proved his hit-making ability with his gold-certified album Painting Pictures, and tracks like "No Flockin," "Tunnel Vision" and "Roll in Peace" all reaching platinum status, his rise to fame has not come without stumbles. A product of the juvenile detention system, Kodak has been in the news as much for his runaway musical success as his alleged criminal activity.
As Kodak Black's hit single "Skrt" was taking off and garnering cosigns from stars like Drake, his legal troubles began to pile up. An October 2015 robbery and kidnapping marked the first in a string of incidents that have left him incarcerated for months at a time and unable to fully capitalize on his popularity. He's since been tangled up in charges ranging from drug and firearm possession to sexual assault. However, in spite of his various stints in jail, Kodak Black has managed to maintain his position in the game and continue to service his fans, making him one of the more intriguing personalities and voices in all of rap.
In light of his well-documented run-ins with the law, XXL compiles a timeline of Kodak Black's legal battles, dating back to the genesis of his career.
Kodak Black Arrested for Robbery and Kidnapping
Oct. 14, 2015
In October 2015, Kodak Black was arrested in Florida and charged with assault, robbery, kidnapping, driving with a suspended license and possession of weed after he was pulled over in his vehicle by authorities on suspicion of robbery and assault. Kodak, who was found to be in possession of marijuana and was driving on a suspended license, was garnering a significant amount of buzz from his hit single "Skrt" at the time of his arrest. He was later released on bond.
Kodak Black Charged With Possession of Marijuana
Dec. 25, 2015
On Christmas 2015, Kodak Black was pulled over by police in St. Lucie County, Fla., and charged with possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Kodak Black Charged With Possession of Ammo or a Weapon
April 16, 2016
Kodak Black was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and multiple traffic violations. Kodak, who was allegedly spotted purchasing marijuana from two men in front of a known drug-dwelling spot, fled from police and ran a red light before pulling over. Police, who claimed to have seen Kodak toss a gun into a dumpster and later recovered a loaded Glock 23 .40 caliber pistol, booked the rapper, who was held on $5,000 bond until his release six months later.
Kodak Black Arrested on Open Warrants
May 18, 2016
Kodak Black was ordered into court and detained for open warrants stemming from his 2015 arrest on charges including armed robbery and false imprisonment.
Kodak Black Sentenced to House Arrest
Aug. 16, 2016
Months after being detained in relation to his 2015 arrest on robbery and kidnapping charges, Kodak Black was sentenced to one year of house arrest and five years on probation during a hearing in a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., court. In addition to house arrest and probation, Kodak, who plead no contest on all charges, was also ordered to perform community service, anger management and community control supervision.
Kodak Black Detained on Warrants
Aug. 17, 2016
After being sentenced to one year of house arrest and set to be released from prison, Kodak Black was held on a pair of warrants, halting his homecoming.
The two warrants, one of which stemmed from Kodak's 2015 arrest on possession of weed and possession or use of paraphernalia charges in St. Lucie County, Fla., and another out of Florence, S.C., for criminal sexual misconduct, resulted in the rapper being denied bond the following day (Aug. 18, 2016) and remaining in custody.
Kodak was later accused by the Florence County Sheriff's Office of sexual battery instead of criminal sexual misconduct, a crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Kodak Black Sentenced in St. Lucie Country Case
Sept. 19, 2016
Kodak Black was sentenced to 120 days in prison after pleading no contest to one charge of possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana and one charge of use or possession of marijuana paraphernalia stemming from a 2015 traffic stop in St. Lucie County, Fla. In addition to having to serve prison time, the rapper's driver's license was suspended for a year and he was ordered to pay about $298 in court fees.
Kodak Black Extradited to South Carolina
Nov. 28, 2016
Kodak Black was released from St. Lucie County Jail and transferred to the custody of deputies in Florence, S.C., to face charges of criminal sexual misconduct.
"According to investigators, on or about February 7, 2016, Octave is alleged to have engaged in the sexual battery of the victim at a hotel located at 2120 West Lucas Street, Florence, SC," Major Michael M. Nunn, a spokesman for the Florence County Sheriff's Office, said in a statement from August 2016 regarding Kodak's charges.
Kodak's lawyers, Gary Kollin and Allan Zamren, denied all charges levied against their client at the time, with Kollin stating, “We are firmly convinced that he will be vindicated in that charge and shortly be set free.”
Kodak Black Freed on Bond
Dec. 1, 2016
Kodak Black was released from prison, where he was serving time on criminal sexual conduct charges, after posting $100,000 bond.
"I'm happy to finally be going home to my family and friends," Kodak wrote in a post on Instagram. "I look forward to clearing my name in the very near future. I want to thank God, my family, my team (Vanessa, Phatboy and James McMillan), Atlantic Records, my lawyers and all of my fans for your continuous love and support. I can't wait to get back to doing what I love most—working at being the illest rapper alive."
Kodak Black Violates House Arrest
Feb. 28, 2017
Kodak Black was arrested during a court hearing after a judge determined that the rapper had violated the terms of his house arrest.
The decision came in part as a result of Kodak's alleged assault of a strip club employee in Miami on Feb. 4, 2017, during which the victim claimed the rapper punched her repeatedly following an argument.
After being found guilty on five counts of violating house arrest on April 26, 2017, Kodak was sentenced to 364 days in prison on May 4, 2017, with the possibility of 180 days being shaved off of his sentence pending his completion of a life skills course. He completed the course and was released from jail on June 5, 2017 after serving 97 days of his 364-day sentence, which the rapper announced with a post on his Instagram page celebrating his freedom.
Kodak Black Gets Permission to Work With Rappers With Criminal Records
June 22, 2017
After filing a formal request for permission to record new music and perform with rap artists with criminal records in June 2017, Kodak Black's request was granted on June 22, 2017, another break in the rapper's ongoing legal battles.
Kodak Black Indicted for First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
Oct. 9, 2017
On Oct. 9, 2017, a grand jury in in Florence County, S.C., indicted Kodak Black for first-degree criminal sexual conduct in relation to an encounter the rapper had with a teenager at the Comfort Inn and Suites hotel in February 2016.
Kodak Black Ordered to Pay Child Support
Nov. 30, 2017
Kodak Black signed an agreement to pay $4,200 per month until 2033 for child support to Jammiah Broomfield, the mother of Kodak's son, King Khalid. In addition to paying child support, Kodak will also be responsible for his son's health insurance costs and will have visitation rights.
Kodak Black Arrested for Weapon Possession and Neglect of Child
Jan. 18, 2018
Kodak Black was arrested at home in Florida on several charges, including grand theft of a firearm, two charges of possession of a weapon or ammo by a Florida delinquent adult felon, possession of cannabis over 20 grams, child neglect without great bodily harm and two counts of parole violation.
The arrest occurred after authorities were alerted of an Instagram Live video in which Kodak Black appeared to be surrounded by guns and marijuana while in the presence of his son. However, Kodak Black's lawyers filed motions to dismiss the charges, claiming that the marijuana and guns shown in the video were merely props for creative use only.
Three Charges Against Kodak Black Get Dismissed
Feb. 22, 2018
Kodak Black caught a big win when three of the charges he caught following a raid on his home were dropped in a Broward County, Fla., court due to insufficient evidence. The charges, which included possession of a weapon or ammunition by a delinquent, grand theft of a firearm and child neglect, stemmed from a raid that occurred at Kodak's home on Jan. 18, 2018, due to an Instagram video which included footage of the rapper's son in the proximity of guns and marijuana. However, despite the dropped charges, Kodak faced four other charges, including marijuana possession and possession of ammunition, and was held without bail for violating his probation.
Kodak Black Pleads Not Guilty
Feb. 27, 2018
Kodak Black plead not guilty to charges of possession of ammunition and possession of marijuana during a hearing in a Broward County, Fla., court. The pair of charges were the last of several the rapper faced after being arrested in January following a raid on his Florida home.
Kodak Black Sentenced to One Year in Jail
April 17, 2018
Kodak Black plead guilty to a violation of driving on a suspended driver's license and was thus sentenced to 364 days in prison. However, being that Kodak already had 90 days time-served since his arrest and could be released as early as October 2018 on good behavior, it could be considered a win for the rapper. After all, he was facing a maximum of 12 years on the charges, the rest of which were dropped.
Judge Orders Police to Return Kodak Black's Possessions
May 14, 2018
A judge ordered police to return items to Kodak Black that were confiscated during the January 2018 raid on the rapper's Florida home. According to reports, among the items seized were cash, jewelry, clothes, art, a hard-drive with unreleased music on it and electronics.
Kodak Black Released From Jail
Aug. 18, 2018
On Aug. 18, 2018, Kodak Black was released from jail after serving seven months of a one-year sentence for possession of ammunition and possession of marijuana. Having his time reduced (he was expected to serve until October) enabled the embattled rapper to return to the streets sooner than expected, much to delight of his rabid fanbase.
Kodak Black Is Let Off of Probation
Aug. 28, 2018
Roughly a week after his early release from jail, Kodak Black scored another victory when the Department of Justice recommended that the rapper be let off of the probation stemming from the drug possession charge he caught following the raid of his home in January 2018. In light of the recommendation, the court terminated Kodak Black's probation immediately.
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