Kodak Black received last-minute clemency from Donald Trump in the former president’s final day in office, leading to his immediate release from prison. Over the weekend, the rapper released his first post-prison song, “Last Day In,” where he reflects on his time in jail and references the man that earned him his freedom.
The rapper was in the midst of a 46-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to making false written statements in an attempt to buy a firearm. He was concurrently serving a separate sentence after attempting to re-enter the United States from Canada with a firearm. He kicks the song off by reflecting on his release:I done made it out that fire like it’s magicIf you ain’t with me, I don’t wanna see you happyI’m just tryna spend my Easter in MiamiMy baby told me stay out the way and stick to rappin', yeah
He directly references Trump soon after with a passing shout-out:Trump just freed me, but my favorite president is on the moneyAll the hate and prejudice has become evident to me
The rapper’s lawyer, Bradford Cohen, was a contestant on Trump’s reality show, The Apprentice, in 2004. Cohen has been cited as a key reason Kodak received clemency. He references Cohen and his own long criminal history on the track:I told my lawyer, boy, I love you like a daddyAnd I'ma catch a charge before I let them take advantage of meI done came home so much, I already know they tired of meRan up out of prison, I ain’t say bye to nobody
The Trump administration cited Kodak’s charity work as its motive, including “providing educational resources to students and families of fallen law enforcement officers and the underprivileged, [paying] for the notebooks of school children, [providing] funding and supplies to daycare centers, and [providing] food for the hungry.”
Although his federal charges were commuted, Kodak still faces state charges in Florence County, South Carolina, where he stands accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel room in 2016. Prosecutors told TMZundefined that they plan to pursue the case “aggressively” following his release.
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