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Rapper Kodak Black Starts the New Year With an Arrest for Trespassing

Toby Hazlewood

He can't seem to avoid trouble in spite of good deeds

Rapper Kodak Black has started the new year by getting into trouble with the police (again). On New Year's Eve, he was arrested by Broward County Sheriffs and taken into custody in Pompano Beach, where he lives.

The artist - real name Bill Kapri - posted bond and was released on January 1. The details of his offence are yet to be released.

He's not all bad

It seems a real shame that Kodak Black cannot keep himself out of trouble, since there's clearly a lot of good in his heart, in spite of the things that keep getting him into trouble too.

He was ordered to enter rehab after failing a drug test in September 2021, but in spite of that he demonstrated enormous good will and holiday spirit to his fellow-Floridians.

On November 23, he paid in the region of $14,500 to have 5,000 turkeys distributed to those in need across underprivileged neighborhoods in South Florida. The turkeys were delivered by members of his team.

His act of enormous charity followed on from a similar initiative before Thanksgiving in 2020, when he provided 1,000 turkeys to families in need, while incarcerated in jail.

Presidentially pardoned

Black had been jailed along with fellow rapper Lil' Wayne for lying on an application to buy a gun. While he was pardoned earlier this year by outgoing President Donald Trump, the failed drug test was a violation of his release conditions for this crime, and another allegation of assaulting a minor in 2016.

It was Black's regular acts of charity and community spirit that were mentioned by the White House as being the reasons for his pardon. According to a White House source, cited by the BBC at the time of his sentence being commuted:

"He has committed to supporting a variety of charitable efforts, such as providing educational resources to students and families of fallen law enforcement officers and the underprivileged.[He has also] paid for the notebooks of school children, provided funding and supplies to daycare centers, provided food for the hungry, and annually provides for underprivileged children during Christmas"

It's unlikely that he'll continue to be able to get out of his criminal misdemeanors through acts of charity and good-will of course. Time will tell if there are lasting consequences from his latest offence.

What do you think of musicians and artists who can't seem to remain on the right side of the law? Do you think it's a case of them not being able to handle the fame, or is it simply a case of them being humans? Let me know in the comments section below.

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