Rapper Kodak Black Sentenced to More Than 3 Years in Prison

Kodak Black has a massive following thanks to his unique rapping style and over-the-top personality. But his prominence in the music industry has not stopped him from having a run-in with the law. The rapper has been sentenced to more than three years in prison on weapons charges.

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Kodak Black’s history with the law

A gun Black purchased was found at the scene of a shooting in Pompano Beach, Florida, in March, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. In August, Black pleaded guilty to knowingly making false statements to unlawfully acquire firearms.

Black has been held at a federal detention center in Miami since May. In October, he got into a fight with another inmate, according to the Sun-Sentinel. When a corrections officer intervened to break up the fight, Black beat the officer “so badly that the guard ended up in the hospital with a hernia.”

According to the Miami Herald, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Brown said Black deserved an eight-year sentence, as the incident with the corrections officer was part of an overall trend of criminal behavior. “This defendant needs a reset,” Brown told the judge. “He keeps getting break after break. We need to give him some tough love.”

Kodak Black’s lawyers ask for leniency

Kodak Black in California | C Flanigan/Getty Images

Black’s lawyers said their client was tricked into getting involved in the October fight and was acting under the influence of drugs, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Judge Federico Moreno decided the fight could not be factored into Black’s sentence.

Black’s lawyers also felt the rapper’s philanthropic efforts should be considered during his sentencing. They noted Black donated to families of fallen police officers and at-risk youth. 

Before he received his sentence, Black apologized to friends, family, and the world at large. “I’m sorry for the actions that led me to where I’m standing,” he said. “I do take full responsibility for my mishap.”

Then, the judge handed down his sentence of three years and 10 months. “Young people do stupid things, and I normally give them a break for that,” Moreno said. “The problem is that you have been doing stupid things since 15.” The judge also suggested Black should be donate to the corrections officer he hospitalized.

What about Black’s career?

Kodak Black in Orlando, Florida | Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

It is unclear whether Black will be able to continue his music career during or following his incarceration. He’s certainly not the first famous musician to be convicted of a crime at the height of their fame.

After his sentencing, Black posted on Instagram, “Hold It Down While I’m On Lock, Calling Shots From The Box #Literally.” His post was a quote from the Kevin Gates song “Hold It Down.” Music fans will have to wait and see whether Black will actually get to call the shots from the box.