Tekashi is seen on November 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.
Controversial American rapper, Tekashi Six Nine, often referred to just as ‘6IX9INE’ was due to release his debut album, Dummy Boy, yesterday. Due to an ongoing legal case, the 22-year-old musician is currently in jail awaiting trial for racketeering and drug dealing – which could put him behind bars for twenty-five to life. In the last few hours, it has been reported that he has pleaded not guilty.
Tekashi has always been known for his extensive rap sheet – which, at least in part, is due to his association with the Nine Trey Bloods gang in New York. Last week, the rapper fired all of his team, most of which consisted of gangsters. His manager, nicknamed Shotti, had allegedly pocketed $2.2M from the New York rapper and was planning on killing him after being fired and humiliated so publicly. Days late, the rapper was advised to seek refuge by the FBI, as they believed his life was in imminent danger. He claimed his mother’s life had been threatened by his ex-associates, namely Shotti, as tensions ran high between the artist and his team.
LouGotCash (L) and 6ix9ine perform at 2018 Power105.1 Powerhouse NYC at Prudential Center on October 28, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
So far, there have been few updates in what I’m sure will be a long and drawn out case. Although it has been confirmed this evening that Tekashi has plead not guilty to all of the charges he has been arrested for. Speculation has arisen as to whether Tekashi would testify against fellow gang members in court if it meant a reduced sentence, or better for him, no sentence at all. This seems unlikely seeing as how high profile a case this will be and the fact Tekashi was denied bail – despite offering his bank balance, which was said to be around $1.7M USD at the time of his arrest.
Just when the rapper thought things couldn’t get any worse, his debut album leaked online. The star-studded album features Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and fellow New York rapper, Bobby Shmurda, who is currently serving a five year sentence for conspiracy to commit murder, weapons possession and reckless endangerment. Shmurda, controversially, recorded his verse from prison - which resulted in him landing 25th on the Billboard Top 200 whilst incarcerated.
Although it’s not the finished product and similar to most leaks, the album is far from studio quality, it sounds very much as expected. It delivers little in terms of lyrical content, no doubt this is carried by Tekashi’s violent delivery, good choice of instrumentals and impressive list of features.