The 1987 release of LL Cool J’s single “I Need Love” is a notorious moment in rap history: A point where one of the world’s hardest rap stars got soft and sensitive, spoke cannily and directly to his female audience, and somehow pulled it off. On his own new song, also called “I Need Love,” the young Florida rapper Kodak Black hijacks the beat of that original track. But Kodak doesn’t rap about being alone in his room or staring at his wall. Instead, he talks about family and loss and visceral sadness. Check it out below.
It would appear that Kodak is releasing a mysterious new project called Painting Pictures 3/31.