Kodak Black is doing his part to make sure kids don’t end up behind bars!
The recently pardoned rapper celebrated his freedom by donating his time to speak to at-risk kids on Saturday, March 6. Kodak linked up with Angela Stanton-King and the American King Foundation with the help of his incredible lawyer, Bradford Cohen, to preach freedom and answer questions from some admirers from Albany, Georgia. The formerly incarcerated artist spoke about how President Trump’s pardon was the ultimate wake-up call and explained how being locked up affects a whole community of people.
Kodak explained his new life philosophy in a way that only the rapper could. “The skreets ain’t where it’s at!” he said. The rapper explained that the older generation tried to tell him that he would make the same mistakes they did, but he didn’t listen. “It gets harder to pull away from,” Black said about his past life.
“You be hurting your people the most,” he said. “You’ve built this street mentality like you’re ready for whatever, but it’s like, your woman, they be feeling it too when you all are going through it.” Kodak wrapped up his spiel by stating that everyone will walk their own path, but he offered up a quick word of warning. “Be safe out there, man.”
One of the boys leaned into the mic and asked Kodak what he learned from his time behind bars, and that’s when the rapper expressed how blessed he feels. “I knew there ain’t no more margin for error,” he said. “How the President just let me out, I really gotta tighten and stuff like that.” “That’s what I needed,” he said about the Presidential pardon. “God came through.” He continued, “I can’t f— up after that!”
Kodak and his lawyer are looking into ways for the rapper to get more involved with the American King Foundation. The organization “focuses on criminal justice reform, re-entry, and reuniting American Families throughout the United States of America that have been affected by the laws of mass incarceration,” according to their website.
President Trump issued a pardon for Kodak just before he left office. Black was listed in the 143 pardons and commutations Trump issued, which also included Lil Wayne, Roc Nation executive Desiree Perez, and Death Row Records founder Harry-O. Many people thought the pardons were a way to win over the black community, but Kodak seems not to be taking his good fortune for granted. In fact, he was so happy with the pardon and his lawyer, Bradford Cohen, that he got his name tattooed on his hand (seen below).