AceShowbiz - Kodak Black faced the heat from Nipsey Hussle's friends and fans after he made insensitive comments about the late rapper's girlfriend Lauren London. The Florida-born star sparked outrage on the Internet after he tried to flirt with her.
Describing the actress and model as "a whole widow out here," Kodak said in an Instagram Live video on Saturday, April 6, "Lauren London, that baby, though. She about to be out here single," while Hussle's music played in the background. "I'll be the best man I can be for her. I'll give her a whole year. She might need a whole year to be crying and s**t for (Hussle)."
Claiming that he "ain't trying to shoot (my shot) at her," he continued while talking to a friend, "I'm saying, listen. She can do two, three years. I'll try to be like the friend if you need to holler or a shoulder to lean on. She can call my line."
His comments soon sparked backlash from fans, who accused him of disrespecting both Nipsey and Lauren. Not immediately apologizing, he initially doubled down on his remarks as saying, "Yeah, I say what I said. Hell, you expect her to be single forever? I said give her a year to breathe and cry. Hell yeah, she a bad b***h. Anyone of y'all, if she tried to holla at anybody, y'all ain't finna be like, 'No, I can't do it because of Nipsey.' "
Fellow hip-hop stars also slammed Kodak for his comments. The Game told him to stop "disrespecting" Nipsey's legacy, saying on videos posted on Instagram Stories, "Keep his girl's name out your f**k mouth. This new generation, y'all f**k up in the head."
T.I. also called out Kodak in a now-deleted video, telling the 21-year-old rapper, "Hey, Kodak Black: You outta pocket, n***a. Fix that s**t-quickly, expeditiously." He added, "If I see you, I'ma say it to your face. You outta pocket, n***a. Get your motherf***in' self together."
Unfazed by the backlash, Kodak responded to T.I.'s comment, "Man, listen: I said what I said. Y'all tryin' to misconstrue what I said. F**k that. I don't give f**k what y'all talkin' about. T.I., man, I don't care. I'm in Georgia right now."
R&B singer Tank encouraged Kodak to apologize. "Kodak Black, that's not it bro. I promise you, that's not it," he tried to advise the "Zeze" hitmaker. "You gotta listen to the guy next to you that's saying too soon, and the other guy trying to keep you from saying that, period." He calmly added, "You gotta get out of that. Get out in front of that, man. If you meant no disrespect, no harm, it's easier to say that than play the tough guy. Fix that bro."
In support of the criticism against Kodak, Power 106 FM DJ Justin Credible announced that the station would no longer play Kodak's music. "We stand with the family of Nipsey Hussle and are appalled by the disrespectful and poor comments made by Kodak Black," he tweeted. "With that, Power 106 will not support Kodak Black's music. #LongLiveNip."
We stand with the family of Nipsey Hussle and are appalled by the disrespectful and poor comments made by Kodak Black. With that, Power 106 will not support Kodak Black’s music. #LongLiveNip 🏁🏁🏁— Justin Credible (@J_Credible) April 7, 2019
As the backlash was mounting, Kodak changed his tune, though he insisted that he didn't mean to disrespect Lauren. "If I disrespected you, Lauren London, in any shape or form, I'm sorry, even though I didn't," he said on Instagram Live again.
He also paid tribute to Nipsey, "And rest in peace to dude. Y'all already know what I said. I said dude encouraged me to do (expletive) for the community. But, anyhow, my bad to them two." Kodak went on slamming the Internet users as saying, "But, like, for all you other people like trying to fake act like y'all little boying me on the internet or checking me on the internet, if that's how y'all feel, that's how y'all wanna feel."
Lauren previously said she's "completely lost" after the death of her boyfriend and baby daddy Nipsey. The "They Roll" spitter was shot multiple times in front of his Marathon Clothing store on March 31.
The suspected gunman, Eric Holder, was arrested on Tuesday and has been charged with one count of murder, two of attempted murder, and one of possession of a firearm by a felon. According to TMZ, Eric fired additional shots after his first shots didn't kill Nipsey and the rapper talked back to him. He went back and fired more bullets which were believed to have killed Nipsey.