New age mumble rap contains the most bland musicians in rap history. One of them, Kodak Black, is making an internal promise in his new single “Last Day In”. It serves as a sequel to his 2017 single “First Day Out” which followed his first release from prison. Now, he’s starting to sound like a broken record.
Kodak Black, real name Bill Kahan Kapri, has been in and out of prison for possession of a firearm and separately lying about owning a firearm. This single follows the news of former President Donald Trump pardoning him from prison.
The title of the tune plays into a dual meaning: Kodak Black’s last day in prison and Trump’s last day in office. Black is thankful for Trump’s pardoning, but reveals that “… my favorite president is on the money”. This may actually be the best bar in the entire song.
The musical sound to “Last Day In” slightly echoes Lil Wayne. Yet comparing these two rap artists may be an insult to Wayne; he actually had a good comeback in 2018. The beat is cookie-cutter trap drums but is well-seasoned with a mellow guitar riff. Its overall vibe lacks attraction.
Once Kodak starts rapping, his lyrics come off as uncreative. He’s merely having a one-way conversation with people who are pretending to listen by nodding their heads. It makes it obvious that this song was rushed. The bars could have used way more time in order to elevate his talent as a rapper. The bars are not metaphoric and barely rhyme unless it ends with “yuh”.
The spirit within Kodak Black is excited to be back to his ordinary life. He misses spending money and eating sushi. He even sets a goal to “… spend (his) Easter in Miami”. Meanwhile, his ambitions cause him to sound just like any other mumble rapper. He seems to be making a new promise, but we’ll see how long this one stays intact.
The hype over this release is questionable; it’s debatable whether people seriously wanted him to be free or if it’s a running joke. Fans of Kodak Black may be celebrating over his newfound freedom, but it did not make leaps and bounds for the rap industry. It will be interesting to watch his future as another piece could either make or break his popularity.
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