Kodak Black has dropped off a brand new album. The project is titled When I Was Death and comes with 18 songs.
Checking in at 18 tracks, When I Was Dead features all the bluntly honest raps and bluesy crooning that made Yak an icon. For “Lemme See,” he skitters over a minimalist beat for a visceral tour of his native Pompano Beach neighborhood. On “Burning Rubber,” a track produced by Boi-1da (Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar) he threads matter-of-fact death threats, yacht party flexes, and trap logistics with succinct couplets and spurts of wispy singing. On the opening track “Kylie Grande” produced by Metro Boomin (Post Malone, Future), he taps into his softer side.
Meanwhile, on “2’CY,” Kodak drenches his vocals in distortive auto-tune, adding a twist of engrossing delirium to a celestial club beat. Experimental, yet grounded in his own tradition of poignant poems for the trenches, When I Was Dead is quintessential Kodak — an inimitable emblem of style that connects the past and present and future.
When I Was Dead is the next step of a legacy he’s cultivated out of jagged melodies, preternatural dexterity and deadly sincerity. With his inborn instincts for sound and immersive songwriting, he’s become one of the most revered street poets of his era.
Listen to the full project below: