Rapper Kodak Black secretly recorded Florida official’s apology, then released it for the world to see
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla – Renowned rapper Kodak Black caused a stir this week when he secretly recorded a public official apologizing to him over the phone.
Broward County Commissioner Mark Bogen called the rapper on Monday to apologize for opposing a proclamation honoring Black’s charitable work. Bogen said he was reacting to Black’s high-profile run-ins with the law and didn’t realize the good he had done.
What Bogen didn’t know was that Black would tape the conversation and then post a 3 minute and 40 second video to his 10.5 million Instagram followers.
It is illegal in Florida to record someone without their permission, although it is not clear where Black was at the time. Raised in Pompano Beach, he received the proclamation on Friday as he visited Broward County for his birthday.
Although Black is on probation in a sexual assault case, it seems unlikely that he will be prosecuted for the recording. The Broward state attorney’s office did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.
The video was deleted from Instagram on Tuesday after receiving half a million views. Black’s attorney did not respond to questions about why the video was deleted.
Some of the rapper’s Instagram followers mocked Bogen’s apology before the video was taken down.
“plzzz mr Kodak, I’m srry,” wrote one.
“Bruh looks scared [as expletive]”Wrote another referring to Bogen.
Commissioner Dale Holness issued the proclamation, which lists several of Black’s contributions. They include paying the school fees for the three children of two FBI agents killed in a raid on Sunrise; funeral expenses for a South Carolina police officer; and $ 100,000 to Nova Southeastern University Law School in memory of Meadow Pollack, who was killed in the Parkland High School shooting in 2018.
But Black’s criminal record sparked Bogen’s initial opposition.
Black, real name Bill K. Kapri, is on probation after pleading guilty in April to assault and battery in a sexual assault case in which he was accused of assaulting a teenage girl in a hotel room in Carolina from South. He was sentenced to 10 years suspended prison sentence and 18 months probation.
Black had already served half of a three-year federal sentence for falsifying information on a document used to purchase guns at a Miami gun shop. President Donald Trump commuted his sentence from 73 last-minute pardons granted at midnight on the last day of Trump’s presidency.
Black was arrested in May 2019 just before performing at the Rolling Loud Festival at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Bogen told Black he did not do his good deeds when he spoke out against the proclamation after questions from a South Florida Sun Sentinel reporter.
“I love it when people are doing good for the community,” Bogen said on the call with Black and his attorney, Bradford Cohen. “It’s about moving forward.
Commissioners agreed on Tuesday that they did not want the whole affair to happen again. Now, commissioners can present letters of recognition and appreciation, but only the county mayor can issue a proclamation.