Born in the year 1987 in Williamsburg Brooklyn, CoDaK is a HipHop/R&B artist that stems from a generation that emerged in the wake of the influences of Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, and Big Pun. CoDaK studied these lyrical talents that set precedents for the generation of HipHop we know today. With that, he absorbed the acute attention to Puns intricate word-play, BIG’s story-telling ability, and Pac’s unmatched passion behind every verse. He describes their music as” Not only influential but detrimental to his style and cadence.“ In regards to his R&B influences, he reflects “HipHop wasn’t the first love“. He continues “I grew up on a lot of 80′s ballads and R&B. My mom used to play Luther Vandross, Lionel Richie, and Debarge all the time. I naturally gravitate to that kind of sound; there’s a warmth and timelessness to it that I’ve always loved.”
Admittedly taking part in Chorus while attending his old elementary school P.S.19 he explains “My music teacher at the time Mr.Asip recognized I had a decent voice and eventually asked my mom to talk to me about being in the school chorus. I was hard headed though because at first I didn’t want to. Later on I did a couple of school plays. Looking back now, I wish I would’ve explored that musical side a bit more.” As he got older he started recording on his computer and playing the songs he was writing for his friends, he saw their genuinely excited reaction. Now recording in earnest, he was gathering skill as a songwriter, taking his influences and using them to shape his own style.
As his name now continues to grow in and around the Brooklyn area, the pieces are starting to fall into place for CoDaK. He released his debut mix-tape “Closer To My Dreams” in 2012 which received critical acclaim from HipHop mediums throughout the internet. He also recently landed his first major venue “House Of Vans” in February of 2013. When asked if he had high expectations for his next project his response was “There’s no question.” CoDak is currently preparing for a 2013 NYC summer tour throughout the 5 boroughs, sorting out venue locations and availability.