Written by: R.S.
Painting Pictures, is the debut album of Florida’s own, Kodak Black. If his recent legal issues and breakfast club appearance turned you off from giving his music a chance, do not let it. Kodak is unrightfully grouped in the “mumble” or the “dumb” rap category, however one listen to the album opener, Day For Day, shows he is far above a majority of his peers. From the introspective first track where he states, “I was already sentenced, before I came up out the womb, Streets done already sentenced me, before no cracker could, And I don’t know why, but I’m just so fucked up out the hood” to the hit, There He Go. Kodak showcases his range and his song making ability. Don’t get me wrong the album does have its lowlights.
Firstly, the song, Top Off Benz is horrendous. I pride myself in being a Young Thug fan, but its legitimately one of the worst songs I’ve heard this year. Secondly, Side Nigga, where Kodak’s drawling gets tiring after the first minute or so. Kodak also has moments where his rapping is off-beat and outside the pocket. It doesn’t help that he tends to repeat the same kind things in songs either, but in a climate where everyone is emulating the south and rapping on Atlanta sounding beats. Kodak does something different and that is rapping to beats that highlights his strengths rather than force himself to conform to something that doesn’t suit him.
The first 10 track run is filled with some of the most enjoyable music I’ve heard all year. And the run from “U Aint Ever to Save You” will certainly have you up and emulating the famous Kodak side-to-side dance sway. Be warned however, this album is very banger-oriented so don’t go expecting every song to be reminiscent of the opener. For what it is though it is damn good.