Rapper Kodak Black Under Heavy Criticism for His Kobe Bryant-Inspired Helicopter Tribute For His B-Day (PICS)

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Kodak Black, who recently turned 24, is receiving a ton of backlash online for his Kobe Bryant-themed birthday party, in which he posed with a purple and gold helicopter.

The rapper, who turned 24 on Friday, took to Instagram to share behind-the-scenes photos of his party. However, what he had show had people cringing.

“I’m Ouchea 24 a Day I’m Like KOBE #KtB @kobebryant #HappyBirthdayKodak Out Now,” the 24-year-old star captioned his post.

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Fans couldn’t help but to point out how badly this looked, especially considering the basketball legend tragically died in a helicopter crash, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, and several others, in January 2020.

“nahh bro not the helicopter…,” one user wrote, with someone else responding, “No one else think the helicopter is just a little disrespectful.”

Another person replied, “So nobody on ya team advised you not to do the helicopter?”

Speaking with 99JAMZ in Miami, Kodak explained himself, saying, “It was January 26, 2020 and I was in Oklahoma. I was still in prison. I heard about his unfortunate demise and stuff like that and I was already saying, man, when I come home, I’mma come home on a helicopter. Then I heard how he passed and I was like, damn that’s crazy, maybe that’s a sign not to jump on the helicopter ’cause, you know, he’s KB and I’m KB. Kobe Bryant, Kodak Black, all that crazy stuff.”