In an interview with the talented 13-year-old journalist Jazzy, Kodak Black discussed misunderstood feelings, giving back to the community, and more. However, at one point the rapper was asked about how his Haitian heritage influenced his upbringing and the importance of embracing one’s own culture.
“That’s a whole ‘nother country,” he said. “Like I can’t get away from it. That’s my culture.”
Haitian Flag Day is a Haitian holiday to celebrate the creation of the Flag of Haiti during the Haitian revolution. The day is celebrated each year on May 18, which is the anniversary of the date of the flag’s adoption in 1803.
Then Kodak made a point that he also has to embrace how American culture has influenced him. “I got America, cause I was born here, and I got Haiti because that’s where my family [is] from,” he said.
Check out the interview below.
In another part of the conversation, Jazzy questioned Yak about some of his favorite childhood dances. He mentioned that even though the Jook was well-liked in his area, he and his group would not do any of the current dance trends.
“A lot of dances passed, but round my area, we wouldn’t do all that crazy stuff, all that crazy looking stuff,” Kodak recalled. “We’d Jook, we’d Jook till we dead. We gonna Jook and stick till we dead. Like you pulling out a choppa with somebody and you dance like this, you dance like you shooting somebody. Not saying that’s a good thing, but it’s just a dance.”
The Brooklyn-native Jazzy then challenged Kodak to try out the “Get Sturdy” dance trend popular in her area, but Kodak gave up before he even got started.
The Get Sturdy dance trend, which is comparable to the Woo Woo Walk from Pop Smoke, has recently swept over teenager TikTok, with many dancers busting a move to a sped-up version of Lady GaGa’s “Just Dance.”
“Oh I can’t do all that,” Kodak said as Jazzy wrapped up her demonstration. He then quickly conceded defeat after briefly trying out the moves for himself.