Kodak Black is receiving backlash for his latest birthday celebration.
The rapper, who turned 24 on Friday, June 11, took to Instagram to share behind-the-scenes pictures of his celebration. Nevertheless, his festivities did not sit properly together with his followers.
Per his photographs, the “Gleerious” musician appeared to have a good time his birthday with a Kobe Bryant theme. For one, he wore a Los Angeles Lakers jersey with the late athlete’s identify and quantity displayed on the again. Furthermore, Kodak posed between a purple and gold Tesla Mannequin X and a matching-colored helicopter.
“I am Ouchea 24 a Day I am Like KOBE #KtB @kobebryant #HappyBirthdayKodak Out Now,” the 24-year-old star captioned his publish on Monday, June 21.
It did not take lengthy for Kodak’s followers to level out the Kobe-inspired helicopter, particularly contemplating the basketball legend tragically died in a helicopter crash, alongside together with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, and a number of others, in January 2020.
“nahh bro not the helicopter…,” one consumer wrote, with another person responding, “Nobody else suppose the helicopter is just a bit disrespectful.”
One other particular person replied, “So no person on ya group suggested you to not do the helicopter?”
Though Kodak has but to publicly touch upon the backlash over his Kobe theme, he beforehand opened up about why he selected to honor the late star for his birthday.
“I wish to ship all my like to the Bryant household,” he mentioned in a 4-minute video clip that he posted on June 14. “I really feel so linked to Kobe’s unlucky demise. After I was in jail, I used to be planning on coming house in a helicopter, however [on] January 26, after I came upon about what occurred, I took it as an indication to not on account of the truth that we share the identical initials…Right now I have a good time your life, your legacy.”
In one other clip, Kodak, whose actual identify is Invoice Ok. Kapri, launched purple and gold balloons within the air, writing, “Fly Excessive KOBE. We Love You @kobebryant.”
The rapper is not the one one in latest weeks to honor Kobe. Simply final weekend, Vanessa Bryant celebrated her late husband with a heartwarming Father’s Day message.
“To the perfect lady dad. Blissful Father’s Day, Papi,” she shared on Sunday, June 20. “We love you eternally and all the time, all the time and eternally. Love you all the time, Nani, Gigi, B.B, Koko and VB.”
Following Kobe’s premature loss of life, he is acquired quite a few accolades and heartfelt tributes. Most just lately, he was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Corridor of Fame in Might.
“Congratulations, child,” Vanessa mentioned partially, accepting the celebrated award on his behalf. “Your whole onerous work and sacrifices paid off. You as soon as instructed me, ‘If you will wager on somebody, wager on your self.’ I am glad you wager on your self, your overachiever. You probably did it. You are within the corridor of fame now. You are a real champ. You are not simply an MVP. You are an all-time nice. I am so pleased with you. I like you eternally and all the time.”