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Background information
Daniel Hernandez
Tekashi, Tekashi69
Born (1996-05-08) May 8, 1996 (age 22)
Bushwick, Brooklyn, U.S.
Genres
  • Rapper
2012-present
Labels

Daniel Hernandez (born May 8, 1996), known by his stage name 6ix9ine (pronounced "six nine"), also known as Tekashi69 or simply Tekashi, is an American rapper.

Early life

Hernandez was born in Bushwick, Brooklyn to a Mexican mother and a Puerto Rican father.[3] Hernandez was expelled from school in 8th grade, and did not return.[4] In 2009, his father was murdered, which led to Hernandez working various jobs and selling marijuana in order to help his mother financially.[4]

Career

2014-2016: Early career

Hernandez began releasing rap songs in 2014. Over the next three years, he released multiple tracks and videos with titles such as "Scumlife", "Yokai", and "Hellsing Station", drawing attention due to his aggressive rapping style and the use of anime as music video visuals. Many of his early songs were released by FCK THEM, a music label based in Slovakia.[5]

The release of the song "POLES1469" in April 2017, which featured Hernandez alongside rising Ohio sing-rapper Trippie Redd, was the first song to receive significant views on YouTube.[5]

2017-present: Breakthrough and Day69

Hernandez rose to prominence on social media due to a July 2017 Instagram post that went viral on both Reddit and Twitter, where Hernandez's eccentric appearance (rainbow-dyed hair, a rainbow grill, and multiple versions of the number 69 tattooed on his body) turned him into an internet meme.[6]

Hernandez's commercial debut single "Gummo" was released on November 10, 2017 and eventually peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[7][8] It was certified platinum by the RIAA on March 5, 2018.[9] His next single "Kooda" debuted at 61 on the Hot 100 the week of December 23, 2017.[10] On January 14, 2018, Hernandez released his third single "Keke" with Fetty Wap and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.[11]

Shortly afterwards, Hernandez announced his debut mixtape, Day69.[12] The mixtape was released on February 23, 2018, and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 album chart with 55,000 album-equivalent units, of which 20,000 were pure sales.[13][14] According to Jon Caramanica of The New York Times, the tape was an outgrowth of the "SoundCloud rap explosion", and was notable for its willingness to deviate from hip-hop's norms and prevailing sound.[2]

Legal issues

In October 2015, Hernandez pled guilty to one felony count of Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance. Hernandez was charged with three counts of the offense after a February 2015 incident where he had sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl and later distributed videos of the incident online. Three videos are described in the criminal complaint against Hernandez. In the first video, "the child engages in oral sexual intercourse with the separately charged defendant Taquan Anderson, while the defendant, Daniel Hernandez, stands behind the child making a thrusting motion with his pelvis and smacking her on her buttocks. The child is nude in the video." The other videos show the child sitting on the lap of Hernandez while her breasts are groped by Anderson, and later sitting naked across the laps of Anderson and Hernandez.[15]

In a November 2017 interview, Hernandez claimed to have "no sexual contact" with the girl and denied knowing she was a minor. Hernandez also claimed to be seventeen at the time of the incident, although the birth date listed in the complaint against him and in his statement to the police shows he was eighteen at the time.[16]

Under his plea deal, Hernandez must obtain his GED, refrain from posting sexually explicit or violent images of women or children to social media, and not commit another crime for two years, among other injunctions. If met, the plea deal would give Hernandez three years probation and he would not have to register as a sex offender; if not, Hernandez could face up to three years in prison. In a January 2018 court hearing, it was revealed that Hernandez had failed his GED test, but had his sentencing adjourned until April 10, 2018.[17][18] The court date was later postponed, reportedly because the court did not have a copy of Hernandez's GED.[19] Prior to his sexual misconduct charges, Hernandez served jail time as a minor for assault and the sale of heroin.[6]

Feuds

Trippie Redd

In a now-deleted Instagram video, former collaborator Michael White, also known as the rapper Trippie Redd, denounced Hernandez by saying that he "[doesn't] promote pedophiles."[20] In November 2017, White posted a photo of Hernandez holding hands with another man in an attempt to expose Hernandez as a closeted homosexual. Later that month, when White was in New York, he was assaulted in the hotel he was staying at by individuals allegedly connected to Hernandez over White's comments. The pair continued to trade insults over Instagram Live.[21]

In May 2018, Hernandez accused White over Instagram Live of having sexual relations with Danielle Bregoli, also known as the artist Bhad Bhabie, who is a minor. White denied the claims, and reiterated Hernandez's conviction for Use of A Child in a Sexual Performance. Bregoli also took to Instagram Live to deny the claims, but did admit the two had kissed in the past: "We kissed but it wasn't that serious and he was 17 at the time."[22]

Chief Keef

Througout mid-2018, Hernandez has been involved in feuds with a number of Chicago rappers including Chief Keef and Lil Reese.[23] On June 2, 2018, Chief Keef was shot at outside the W Hotel in New York City but was not hit; no injuries resulted from the incident.[24] Due to the ongoing feud, Hernandez was confirmed to be under investigation by the New York Police Department for possible involvement with the incident, despite being in Los Angeles at the time of the shooting.[25][26]

After the initial Chief Keef incident, Hernandez visited the homeless in Chicago on June 13, 2018. He later went to Parkway Garden Homes, also known as "O Block", where Chief Keef used to reside.[27]

Discography

Mixtapes

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[28]
AUS
[29]
CAN
[30]
DEN
[31]
NOR
[32]
NZ
[33]
SWE
[34]
SWI
[35]
UK
[36]
Day69 4 11 5 32 14 15 15 20 20

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Mixtape
US
[38]
US
R&B/
HH

[39]
US
Rap
NZ
Heat.

[40]
UK
[36]
"Gummo" 2017 12 7 6 -- --
  • RIAA: Platinum[9]
Day69
"Kooda" 50 29 -- -- --
"Keke"[41]
(with Fetty Wap and A Boogie wit da Hoodie)
2018 43 22 20 -- --
"Gotti"[42] 99 50 -- -- 95
"Tati"[43]
(featuring DJ Spinking)
46 23 -- 8 100 TBA

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Mixtape
US
[44]
NZ
Heat.

[45]
SWE
Heat.

[46]
SWI
[35]
"Billy" 2018 50 4 1 93 Day69
"Rondo"
(featuring Tory Lanez and Young Thug)
73 8 -- --

References

  1. ^ Frank Guan (March 28, 2018). "SoundCloud Rap Has Its First No. 1 Album -- Now What?". Vulture. 
  2. ^ a b Jon Caramanica (March 21, 2018). "Two SoundCloud Rap Outlaws Push Boundaries From the Fringes". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Open Space: Tekashi69 - YouTube". Interview with Mass Appeal, published August 3, 2017. See minute 4:09.
  4. ^ a b "The 6IX9INE Interview - YouTube". Interview with No Jumper, published July 24, 2017. See minutes 20:34-22:32.
  5. ^ a b Frank Guan (February 23, 2018). "How Fast Can 6ix9ine Paint Himself Into a Corner?". Vulture. Retrieved 2018. 
  6. ^ a b "Here's What You Need To Know About Controversial Brooklyn Rapper 6ix9ine & His Breakout Hit "Gummo"". Genius. Archived from the original on December 28, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ "GUMMO - 6ix9ine | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ "Billboard Hot 100: December 30, 2017". Billboard.
  9. ^ a b c d "Gold & Platinum -RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2018. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Hot 100: December 23, 2017". Billboard.
  11. ^ "6ix9ine Drops New KeKe Video - XXL". XXL. Retrieved 2018. 
  12. ^ "6ix9ine Shares Release Date for His Debut Mixtape - XXL". XXL. Retrieved 2018. 
  13. ^ a b "6ix9ine Drops Debut Mixtape 'Day69'". XXL. February 23, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 
  14. ^ Caulfield, Keith (March 4, 2018). "Bon Jovi's Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
  15. ^ Rich Juzwiak (December 14, 2017). "Details in Child Sex Complaint Against Rapper 6ix9ine Contradict His Public Comments". Jezebel. Archived from the original on April 5, 2018. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ Nick Mojica (December 14, 2017). "New Details in Tekashi 6ix9ine's Sexual Misconduct Case". XXL. Archived from the original on February 14, 2018. Retrieved 2017. 
  17. ^ Nick Mojica (January 30, 2018). "Judge Gives 6ix9ine One Last Chance to Pass GED Test". XXL. Archived from the original on February 1, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 
  18. ^ Rich Juzwiak (January 30, 2018). "Sentencing in Rapper 6ix9ine's Child Sex Case Delayed Because He Failed His GED". Jezebel. Archived from the original on February 1, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 
  19. ^ Joshua Espinoza (April 10, 2018). "6ix9ine's Court Date in Child Sex Case Postponed". Complex. Retrieved 2018. 
  20. ^ "Trippie Redd Denounces Tekashi 6ix9ine As A "Pedophile"". Mass Appeal. August 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  21. ^ "A Brief History of the Trippie Redd and Tekashi 6ix9ine Beef". Mass Appeal. November 17, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  22. ^ http://hiphopdx.com, HipHopDX -. "Trippie Redd & Bhad Bhabie Deny Tekashi 6ix9ine's Claim They Had Sex". HipHopDX. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ http://thesource.com/2018/06/13/tekashi-6ix9ine-chicago/
  24. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2018/06/chief-keef-shot-at-outside-new-york-hotel/
  25. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8461408/6ix9ine-under-investigation-chief-keef-shooting
  26. ^ Anna Gaca (18 June 2018). "6ix9ine Under Investigation in Attempted Shooting of Chief Keef: Report". Spin. Retrieved 2018. 
  27. ^ https://www.hotnewhiphop.com/tekashi-6ix9ine-continues-to-troll-chicago-and-pulls-up-to-englewood-news.52501.html
  28. ^ Caulfield, Keith (March 4, 2018). "Bon Jovi's Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
  29. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. March 5, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 
  30. ^ "Canadian Albums: March 10, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
  31. ^ "Album Top-40 Uge 9, 2018". Hitlisten. Retrieved 2018. 
  32. ^ "VG-lista - Topp 40 Album uke 9, 2018". VG-lista. Retrieved 2018. 
  33. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. March 5, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 
  34. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2018.  Click on "Veckans albumlista".
  35. ^ a b "Discographie 6ix9ine - hitparade.ch". Retrieved 2018. 
  36. ^ a b "6ix9ine | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2018. 
  37. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved . 
  38. ^ Peak chart positions for singles on the US Billboard Hot 100:
  39. ^ Peak chart positions for singles on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart:
  40. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 4, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 
  41. ^ "KEKE - Single by 6ix9ine, Fetty Wap & A Boogie wit da Hoodie on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2018. 
  42. ^ "6ix9ine Shows Off His Melodic Side on New Song 'Gotti': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved . 
  43. ^ "TATI (feat. DJ SPINKING) - Single by 6ix9ine". iTunes. Retrieved . 
  44. ^ Peaks of other charted songs in the US:
  45. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. March 5, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 
  46. ^ "Swedish Heatseeker Chart - 23 mars 2018". Retrieved 2018. 

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