6ix9ine: The Controversial Rapper Who Defied All Odds
6ix9ine, also known as Tekashi69, is one of the most polarizing figures in the rap industry. He is known for his aggressive style of rapping, his rainbow-colored hair and tattoos, and his legal troubles that have landed him in prison and made him a target of criticism and ostracism from his peers.
6ix9ine rose to fame in late 2017 with his debut single “Gummo”, which became a viral hit and reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. He followed up with more successful singles such as “Kooda”, “Keke”, “Gotti”, and “Fefe”, which featured Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz. His debut album, Dummy Boy, was released in 2018 and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200.
However, 6ix9ine’s career was overshadowed by his legal issues. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to a felony count of use of a child in a sexual performance and received a four-year probation period and a 1,000-hour community service order. In 2018, he was arrested on racketeering and other weapons and drugs charges. Facing a minimum of 47 years in prison, he pleaded guilty to nine charges including conspiracy to commit murder and armed robbery in February 2019. During the trial, he testified for the prosecution against other members of the Nine Trey Gangsters, a violent street gang that he was affiliated with.
6ix9ine’s cooperation with the authorities earned him the label of a “snitch” and a “rat” by many in the hip hop community, who condemned him for betraying his former associates and violating the code of the streets. He was sentenced to two years in prison and was granted early release in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was put on house arrest for the remainder of his term and was released in early August 2020.
Despite the backlash, 6ix9ine has maintained his commercial success since his release from prison. His single “Gooba” debuted and peaked at number three on the Hot 100 and broke the record for the most views for a hip hop video in its first 24 hours on YouTube. His third collaboration with Minaj, “Trollz”, debuted at number one on the Hot 100, making him the first rapper with a number one single after being convicted of a felony. His second album, TattleTales, was released in September 2020 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200.
6ix9ine has been described as a master of trolling and marketing, who uses controversy and social media to generate attention and hype for his music. He has also been criticized for his lack of musical talent, his disrespect for other artists and cultures, and his glorification of violence and crime. He has been involved in several public feuds with other rappers such as Chief Keef, Trippie Redd, Meek Mill, Snoop Dogg, Lil Durk, and The Game.
6ix9ine is a rapper who has defied all odds and expectations. He has risen from obscurity to fame, from fame to infamy, and from infamy to fame again. He has faced legal battles, death threats, and social isolation. He has broken records, boundaries, and codes. He has been loved, hated, admired, and despised. He is 6ix9ine.