Tony Antwon Shaw was born July 23, 1985 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. He is better known by his stage name, Kodac. He received this nickname from playing street ball on the courts of the Clayhole. He was known for having picture perfect crossovers and kodak moments that he became known as Kodac. Kodac is an American rap artist, producer, and clothing designer. He is affiliated with the "TEAM" from the west side, that consist of long time friends Quincy "T-Brick" and Raymond "YO." They together help to make up the West Side Money Gang (W.S.M.G.), which is a group of rappers from Southern Pines.
Kodac was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina and, moved throughout the town of Southern Pines, where he was raised by his mother, Tisher and stepfather Marshall Hollmond. He grew up with his two brothers, David and Marshall, and sister, Katrina. Being the rock of the family and always having a level head and calm spirit, Kodac stayed out of trouble by indulging in his new found hobby, rapping. His first rap was when he was in 5th grade. He wrote a poem for a contest through the DARE program. Although his poem wasn't selected, his friends and family enjoyed the poem so much that he decided to put it to a beat and produced his first song. He realized he shared a common bond with his friends and they founded their group the "TEAM." Kodac started off recording on tape players until his friend YO moved to the westside in 2001, where he had a home-made studio named the Dungeon. The TEAM made their first album, The Trials which was in response to a diss mixtape that was released by rivals in Jackson Hamlet. They rapped through headphone mic sets, used Fruitty Loops to produce beats, and recorded on Magic Studio.The Westside had a dance called the diddy bop, Kodac produced the first song for the dance and the TEAM later remixed and performed at the Douglas Center. Kodac attended Pine Crest High School in Southern Pines, and graduated in 2003.
He joined the Military in 2005 and was first stationed in Camp Carroll, Korea. With his love for music, Kodac began to dabble in producing beats and while in Korea, he linked up with Jalil Sykes (Young Mac N Ass Sykes), Courty Summers (Courty-Tez), and Rashad Jet (Jetski) from Kansas City, who also produced music. He performed in various clubs performing open mic shows while in Korea. Kodac left Korea and was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he saw an increase in his skills and began to sale beats in his spare time. During his time in Kansas, he started to promote his music more and got spins from local DJs in Junction City nightclubs.
About 18 months later Kodac moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he reunited with his old crew the TEAM and W.S.M.G. In early February 2008, Kodac released his first mixtape, Picture That, on the website www.datpiff.com and throughout his neighborhood. T-Brick introduced Kodac to Jay Shawn, the Founder of North Meets South Empire, and he later signed with the label. On May 5, 2009, Kodac deployed to Iraq for 12 months to fight for his country. While in Iraq, her continued to sell and produce music. After returning home from Iraq, Kodac dropped his second mixtape, Scrap Book Vol I also on www.datpiff.com. After his deployment, Kodac was restationed in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii until January 7, 2012 the day he was released from the Army. While in Hawaii performed at local clubs after linking up with local club promoter, Shango Don Ragga.
Moving back to Southern Pines, Kodac has become very involved in his music career and is seeking to take it to new heights. On June 26, 2012, Kodac's oldest brother, David, was murdered in the local projects in Southern Pines. After the death of his brother, Kodac has become more determined than ever to break into the music industry. Due to his tragic loss, Kodac has used music to be an outlet for his pain and is working on his new mixtape entitled, Pain of a Leo. Attributing most of his success to his family and friends who have supported him through major ups and downs, Kodac has overcome many struggles and will continue to fight to be apart of the rap industry.