The untold truth of 6ix9ine

The untold truth of 6ix9ine

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Stassi Reid

Daniel Hernandez goes by many different names, including 6ix9ine, Teka$hi 6ix9ine, and just plain ol’ Tekashi69. However you choose to address him, make sure you don’t omit his self-proclaimed title as the King of New York. The Brooklyn-based rapper dropped his song “Gummo” in 2017 — a gritty track that accompanied an in-your-face music video that’s not for the faint of heart. It made a beeline for the top of the charts, ultimately reaching its peak at the no. 12 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 in late-December 2017. Not bad for a newcomer of the rap game.

Despite success coming at him faster than one can say “blicky got the stiffy,” 6ix9ine’s rise to the top hasn’t been hiccup-free. A traumatic event shifted the dynamics in his household, causing him to be pushed into adulthood when he was just a teen. And a horrific legal issue threatened to eviscerate the flamboyant and provocative artist’s career before he even had a chance to release his debut mixtape, Day 69.

For every person who hates him, there are thousands more who attend his concerts and gleefully recite his bravado-based songs word for word — no matter how elementary his lyrics may be. So who exactly is this rainbow-haired, colorful grill-wearing artist whose body is fully covered in “69” tattoos? Let’s dive deeper as we explore the untold truth of 6ix9ine.