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Why rapper Kodak Black gave a VMAs shoutout to Palm Harbor University

By Bob Putnam, Times Staff Writer
Published: August 28, 2017 Updated: August 28, 2017 at 05:18 PM
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Kodak Black attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images) 775010624

Kodak Black, a Florida-based rapper, was one of the main attractions at the MTV Video Music Awards, with fans lining up to take selfies minutes before the show started.

Sam Maiocco, a senior at Palm Harbor University, got something better: a shoutout for his school.

The video clip, which Maiocco posted to his Twitter account on Sunday night, shows Kodak Black saying "Shoutout to Palm Harbor University. Best High School."

Maiocco was not even there to film it.

His family was offered three last-minute tickets to attend the Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Maiocco's father, Brian, and mother, Laura, both went, along with his sister, Macy.

That left Sam out.

"My sister was the one who mainly wanted to go," Sam said.

Macy, a sophomore at Berkeley Prep, sent her brother a photo with the rapper and said the family was sitting near him.

That gave Sam an idea.

"I asked my sister to get the video," he said.

Kodak Black is from Pompano Beach. He just released Project Baby 2, which is No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

During the red carpet at the VMAs, Kodak Black spread a stack of money across his arm as cameras flashed. The pictures — and videos — kept coming once he entered the Forum, including the one from Sam's sister.

The five-second video gave Sam his 15 minutes of fame on Monday.

"When I posted it, a lot of people were texting me asking about it and asking to send it to them," Sam said. "And today at school a lot of people were coming up to me and asking about it and how I got it."