Teka$hi 6ix9ine (sometimes styled as Teka$hi69 or 6ix9ine) is an up-and-coming rapper who’s becoming the talk of the hip-hop industry. The Brooklyn native, born Daniel Hernandez, has one of the hottest songs out right now with the Pi’erre Bourne-produced “Gummo.”
The track has amassed nearly 40 million YouTube views since its release in October and is currently sitting at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100. With the song climbing up the charts, his rainbow-colored hair and matching grills plus numerous No. 69 tattoos all over his body, Teka$hi appears to be on his own unique path to stardom. However, he’s surrounded by controversy.
Earlier this month, news spread that Teka$hi 6ix9ine pled guilty to three felony counts of use of a child in a sexual performance. At the time of the crime, the rapper says he was 17 years old and the girl involved lied about her age, claiming she was 19. 6ix9ine and his rep have continuously denied the charges.
“I’m free,” the rapper tells XXL. “You’re going to wait forever if you want to see me in jail. Keep waiting, go call the cops, call 911, use everything you have. I’ve been answering so much about legal problems. All I got to say is tell everyone to hire a lawyer, call every precinct and tell them Daniel Hernandez is in Brooklyn. These false allegations are crazy. It’s internet trolls.”
With the case behind him, the bubbling artist is looking ahead with his career. 6ix9ine is currently signed to an indie label run by music executive Elliot Grainge. The next thing on 6ix9ine’s plate is his Kooda project, which should be dropping any day now.
“I’m working on my tape Kooda,” he explains. “It’s just me. When I make music I don’t have any thoughts. I just be angry as fuck. I feel like that’s when I make my best music. I go in the studio probably once a month.”
Get to know Teka$hi 6ix9ine here for The Break.
Name: Teka$hi 6ix9ine a.k.a. 6ix9ine a.k.a. Tekashi69
Age: “I’m 300”
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
I grew up listening to: “I grew up listening to Parkway Drive, A Day to Remember, heavy metal bands. I started rapping a couple years ago but I started taking it seriously this year. I didn’t have any bread so I started taking it seriously. RondoNumbaNine’s ‘Hang With Me’ pulled me into rap.
My style’s been compared to: “I sound a little bit like Chris Brown and NeYo. Shout out to Chris Brown, I got an open verse for him.”
Most people don’t know: “I take showers like every other day.”
My standout moment to date: “‘Gummo.’ I saw it all. God told me that shit was going to pop. I made it in L.A. I sweared to God if I didn’t go in the studio when I did and let out my anger, it wasn’t going to be as fire as it is now. It showed us how much of an impact that song had. Everything in that song was real, everything I said. If you put the pieces together and you know me, you know I’m talking about someone. I’m talking to two people in that song.”
My goal in hip-hop is: “I want to have an impact. My goal seriously is to stop bullying. I want bullying to stop. I want abuse to stop, all that shit I don’t fuck with. I’m going to use this as a platform to get that across.”
I’m going to be the next: “LeBron James. I just feel like I got the handles and everything.”
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