There are very few rappers in the game right now that are as hot as 6IX9INE aka Tekashi69. He even went as far as to call himself, “The King of New York”. If you don’t know who he is, he is the young rapper with the rainbow hair and the rainbow grill. He does seem to have an affinity for the color red, but that is more likely because he represents the Bloods street gang. He has done an incredible job of making himself relevant through viral videos and trolling, helping him rise to the top of social media on Instagram and Twitter because of his rainbow hair and rainbow grill. It is definitely working cuz he has radio hits bubbling, a bunch of buzz and videos on Worldstar, got caught up in a charge for messing around with a minor and seems to have EVERYONE talking shit about him. A lot of it is positive and a whole lot of negative. And honestly speaking, he seems to revel in both.
Many gangsters and rappers in cities all over the United States do not want him walking their cities. And the fact that he doesn’t “check in” with these said rappers and gangsters, when he arrives, really pisses them off. But nobody has done anything about it! A lot of talk. A lot of threats. But it all ends right there.
Born Daniel Hernandez in May 8, 1996, in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York, to a Mexican mother and Puerto Rican father, Tekashi69 was expelled from school before even hitting high school. His father was murdered and T69 took to flipping dope in the streets.
Fast forward to today and Tekashi has released commercial singles “Gummo” in November 2017 which peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was certified platinum by the RIAA in March 2018. His next single “Kooda” debuted at 61 on the Hot 100 in December 2017. In January 2018, T69 released his third single “Keke” with Fetty Wap and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
Shortly afterwards, he announced his debut mixtape, Day69. It was released in February 2018, and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 album chart. His mix tape was a result of the “SoundCloud rap explosion”, and was notable for its willingness to deviate from hip-hop’s norms and prevailing sound.
Love him or hate him, Tekashi69 doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon. He is wildly popular. He definitely has his own style. And as long as he keeps getting under people’s skin, he will continue to be talked about for awhile.