“Too Many Tears” by Kodak Black (ft. PnB Rock)
Kodak Black serves as the main vocalist on “Too Many Tears”, i.e. PnB Rock being tasked with holding down the chorus. And when taking said chorus into consideration, comprehensively this piece can be considered a song of lamentation. For instance, the title points to the expression that the vocalists have spent “too many years” of their lives being involved in the penal system.
At the time, PnB Rock had already done nearly three years in prison, and Kodak, as you likely already know, is someone along the lines of a career criminal.
But on this track the rapper actually gets quite introspective, alluding to the reality that criminal behavior is practically a staple of African-American culture, specifically for young men like himself who grew up without fathers. That’s why he has resolved for instance not to let his own son come of age on the streets.
And another aspect of inner-city African-American culture is the prevalence of gun violence. So PnB also gets to remembering the many homeys that he “won’t get back”. Additionally, Black drops ample lyrics alluding to the notion that guns, in one way or another, have had a regular presence in his life.
So whereas there are of course some elements embedded in this song that may be deemed braggadocious also, “Too Many Years” actually does a good job of sticking to its main topic. And that would be, most simply put, the vocalists being upset with the state of the world as far as the ‘hood is concerned.
Furthermore, Kodak drives it all home by insinuating that his own musical-career ambitions are largely fueled by his desire to serve as a voice for his people, in a manner of speaking.
When was “Too Many Tears” released?
The official release date of “Too Many Years” was on 11 June 2016.
This marks the first collaboration between Kodak Black and PnB Rock, though they would proceed to team up a few times afterwards, most notably on 2017’s “Horses”, a song that was part of the soundtrack to The Fate of the Furious.
This particular track is from Kodak’s mixtape “Lil B.I.G. Pac” (2016), which appears to be his first project to actually chart.
“Too Many Tears”, which is a product of Dollaz N Dealz in conjunction with Black’s own Sniper Gang Records, was written by the two vocalists and its producer, J Gramm.
The tag name of this track’s music video director is DevKamera. And interestingly said clip was released in early 2017, at a time when Kodak Black was (re-)incarcerated.
The “Lil B.I.G. Pac” Mixtape
“Lil B.I.G. Pac” is a mixtape released on June 11 of 2016 by Kodak Black. The mixtape was released on the rapper’s birthday and was the 4th of his rap career. “Lil B.I.G. Pac” is made up of 13 tracks and has a total runtime of 41 minutes and 38 seconds.
Renowned rappers, Boosie Badazz, Gucci Mane, and the late PnB Rock were some acts who threw support behind their comrade as features on the album.
Black’s “Lil B.I.G. Pac” was produced by a lineup of big names in the music production business including the following:
- C-Clip Beatz
- Derelle Rideout
- Honorable C.N.O.T.E.
- Jahfi AMT
- J Gramm
The mixtape peaked at No. 134 on the Billboard 200 in the United States.