With the growing world of social media, everybody has an opinion. And with everyone having to be on one side or the other about every issue, there is no gray area. You either are this or you’re that, once you voice your opinion on an issue or a public figure you are stuck with that label. If you put it on social media, you better be able to find a way to defend your point or you will get drug through the mud for what you believe to be right or wrong. I have been listening to rap music pretty much my whole life, and I don’t remember a more controversial artist than this next rapper.
February 23, 2018
Daniel Hernandez, better known as 6ix9ine or Tekashi69, is a young rapper out of Brooklyn, New York. His personality may be as colorful as his hair and grill, if not more. Before we get into any of his music, we have to talk about his legal issues, which have defined him in his young career. In 2015, Hernandez was 18 years old and pled guilty to one felony count of Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance, when a video of him smacking a 13 year old girl on the butt surfaced and brought to the authority. He also served some jail time as a minor for selling heroin.
It is interesting to think about the rap game, a world where breaking the law is not only accepted, but celebrated. If you are a proven murderer, drug user, drug dealer, gang member, or claim to have broken a number of laws then your street crew goes up by a million. It is a dangerous line that rappers have walked over the years, and it seems 6ix9ine crossed that line. I don’t condone anything this young man has done, but it’s just curious to me that when other rappers or just people in general have gotten in trouble with the law, people are upset with the world labeling them as criminals and bad people. Typically people would say something like “I hope this guy figures it out and creates a better future” but in this case it is different. Most likely because 6ix9ine’s musical style shows no remorse for the way he acts or who he is. And also because people just simply don’t like the guy or his music.
But there is something to be said about controversial artists. One way or another, everyone has an opinion about 6ix9ine. Pretty much the main reason I decided to talk about this young man today. I hope he does what the judge requires him to do once his trial is over and that he has learned his lesson from his troubled past and he moves forward in life with nothing but positivity. Many people have made incredible mistakes in their past and have created a better future even after doing serious time in jail and prison, and I would never wish negativity on another person. The only way for us to grow as people is to lift each other up, and I hope he has people around him who want him to be better.
With his father being shot and killed when he was in 8th grade, he lost guidance very quickly in life. He dropped out of school and began a path down a scary road that many people may not have survived. But he is here, and his debut album has produced five songs that have reached the Billboard Top 100. Whether people like this guy or not, they can’t keep their eyes off of him. His album has heavy tones of a young emotionally disturbed man who is trying to find his way through life with the use of violence, sex, and drugs. Nothing much different than most of the rap you listen to.
The first person that comes to mind when I hear his music is DMX. You talk about a man who was just angry like all of the time, DMX probably invented this yelling style of rap. Just flat out telling you that he will kill you and that he has people around him who will do the same. While you are not going to find anything crazy lyrical in his music, you will find that street sound that many people have claimed has been missing from rap for a long time. On his hit single “Billy” he tells the world what he is capable of.
These niggas lookin for me, you could hit my jack
I done dropped my address, y’all know where 6ix9ine at
I don’t flock, yeah, 9 to his back like Ibaka
Not nice, with the fuckin choppa
Pop em, scope on the nigga, who shot ya?
Dropped him, somebody call the fuckin doctor!
Yes, that shit is scary. I can’t put myself in that guys shoes even for a second. But the amount of emotion he puts into his music, you can tell he meant that shit when he said it. He is putting himself out there to the world and it seems that he doesn’t care about any of the repercussions or the negativity that will fall back onto him. Which is what I thought people wanted from their rap music. For so long I have heard people say “All rap these days is soft and isn’t that hood shit” Which is fine, because rap and hip-hop should have versatility, thats what made hip-hop so popular to begin with.
Just to be clear, I like the album. I have listened to it a few times through and I can vibe with the emotions. He is serious about his craft and he won't stop until the world know who he is and what he is about. It definitely is on some crazy hyped up level that can only be listened to when you need your blood to get boiling. The album is very raw and you can tell it's a debut, he has a lot to work on, just like he does with his life.
This guy is being the only thing he knows how to be. Whether that is good or bad for his own health or life is only for him to find out, or for us to witness. But to me, there is something about being yourself even when the world tells you not to be the way you are. This young man has ran into nothing but doubters and negativity for being who he is. I have said before and I will continue to say it, we are not here on this planet to judge others. We are here to look out for each other because we are all we got. 6ix9ine may not be for you and I understand the argument, but instead of wishing failure on another, we should be trying to help him find a way forward.
I have known people that have gone to jail and prison and they have turned their lives around. If it wasn’t for the people around them believing in them, and people giving them a second chance who know what could have been in their future. I know this guy has not done anything to help himself look any better with his comments, but maybe he just needs some guidance. That shit is important, especially at his age. He is so controversial, and I know you guys have something to say about this, so please let me know your point of view and don’t hold back. There’s no way for us to grow as people if we don’t have tough conversations and issues.
Here is his very not safe for work music video...
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.