A Tekashi 6ix9ine docuseries is in the works, and the director has come forward with some eye-opening claims about the rapper.
Here's the full story...
Now, in the last couple of years, 6ix9ine has been dominating the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
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In 2017, he developed a unique persona as a hardcore rapper, but became embroiled in the violent world of gangs.
Real name Daniel Hernandez, the musician didn't get off to the best start in life.
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When he was thirteen, his father was murdered just 1 block from his family home.
The experience had a huge impact on Tekashi, and he soon dropped out of school and started working odd jobs to help his mother.
"My pops died in eighth grade, and I just started bugging in school," he told the podcast "No Jumper" in a 2017 interview, "I was thirteen. I was waiting for my pops to come back home, and he never came."
In order to make ends meet, the teenager turned to selling drugs...
via: Getty ImagesThus marking the birth of his street persona, Tekashi 6ix9ine.
Yet, despite his rocky start to life...
The young rapper found huge success with his music. Tekashi's first proper single was "Gummo." Released in November 2017, it hit the Billboard charts and was remixed by the likes of Offset and Lil Wayne.
And he has mingled with some big names...In 2018, 6ix9ine released "FEFE," a collaboration with Nicki Minaj, Murda Beatz, and Kanye West.
However, the rapper has consistently been in and out of trouble with the law.
When Tekashi was nineteen and still rising through the ranks of internet fame and notoriety, he attended a party on February 22, 2015, where he allegedly performed several sexual acts with a thirteen-year-old girl.
He was first arrested in March 2015 but, he managed to avoid any prison time.
But that all changed one month later...
In November 2018, the federal authorities announced a series of indictments against 6ix9ine, his manager, Kifano Jordan, and others they said were members of the Nine Trey Gangsters, a notorious New York street gang.
6ix9ine was allegedly a member of this gang.
GettyThe federal lawsuit accused the rapper and the rest of the crew of running a drug-dealing ring and enforcing their activities through violence.
He was subsequently denied bail.
via: GettyAfter he initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, the judge denied him bail, citing an FBI raid in September that found an AR-15 assault rifle and a stolen ID from a man robbed in Times Square.
But in January 2019, after months of the rapper being held, he suddenly changed his tune.
via: GettyHe suddenly entered a guilty plea to the charges related to his involvement with Trey Nine, according to court records reviewed by INSIDER.
He controversially agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in their investigation.
6ix9ine began opening up about his doings while in the gang.
"I paid a person to shoot at a rival member of Nine Trey to scare him. The shooting took place in Manhattan. I did this to maintain or increase my own standing in Nine Trey," he told the judge, according to a court transcript.
In a courtroom potentially filled with current or former Nine Trey members, he testified that he became a member in November 2017, and participated in violent crimes, including shootings, assaults, and drug trafficking.
He outed several members of the gang.
GettyDirectly in front of them. He nervously pointed at the defendants, Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack, and Anthony "Harv" Ellison, and ID'd them as Nine Trey Gang Members.
Other musicians shared their thoughts on 6ix9ine's cooperation...
69 going up in s federal courthouse today kids! Message of the day don’t be a Internet gangsta... be yourself!… https://t.co/5eMsqDFrUC— Meek Mill (@Meek Mill)1568748280.0
And many publicly disapproved, both of his actions and his snitching... Because you know what they say - Snitches get stitches.
But all this snitching evidently paid off.
Because he was sentenced to only 2 years in prison with 5 years of supervised release.
The judge also imposed three-hundred hours of community service when he is released from prison and a fine of $35,000.
But, out of nowhere, the rapper was suddenly released from prison.
Why? Well, it's thanks, in no small part, to the COVID-19 pandemic - the rapper apparently has severe asthma, meaning he falls into the "at-risk" group for the deadly virus.
He spent just seventeen months in federal custody.
His lawyer filed the motion, referencing the spread of the virus within the US prison system, stating that he believed that the rapper should be allowed to serve the rest of his 2-year sentence at home.
And, after several appeals to Judge Paul Engelmayer, who sentenced him, as well as the US Bureau of Prisons...
He is now enjoying the comfort of his own home.
Upon his release, Tekashi bombarded his social media accounts with smarmy posts...
And changed his Instagram bio to "I'M BACK AND THEY MAD."
He wasted no time with getting himself back into the music scene, either.
On May 8th, 2020, Tekashi released "Gooba," complete with a controversial music video, which has since had over six-hundred million views.
And now, nearly a year on from his release, 6ix9ine is back in the spotlight for a different reason entirely.
A docuseries based on the January 2019 Rolling Stone feature, Tekashi 6ix9ine: The Rise and Fall of a Hip-Hop Supervillain is currently in the works.
However, the director behind the 3-part-series has come forward with a grim evaluation on 6ix9ine as a person.
During a conversation with Page Six, director Karam Gill explained that 6ix9ine is far from a naive kid who got sucked into wanting fame and fortune.
"I think viewers will be shocked to realize how hyper-calculated the rapper is," Gill said.
"Tekashi was someone who never did anything online on accident. Every click, word, and action online was designed with care to spark a reaction."
Though they never met face-to-face, Gill believes he has enough information to make a judgment on the artist's character.
"The public and media hate him because he is truly a horrible human being who has done terrible things," Gill said. "And from an overall perspective, he loves to instigate and aggravate which is something that naturally sparks a reaction."
Gill revealed that he was hesitant to take on the project at first...
But realised that it's an important story that shines a light on where we are as a culture.
"We're living in the era of manufactured celebrity, where people can create inauthentic online personas and rise to fame without any talent or morals. Tekashi's story is exactly that—he's someone who realized the power of having your own platform."
6ix9ine's lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, has since come forward to address the upcoming docuseries.
He told TMZ that Gill knows nothing about the rapper, and that 6ix9ine has nothing to do with this upcoming docuseries so the director shouldn't pass judgment on someone he's never met - instead, he should focus on the positive things 6ix9ine does like helping "young people who were dying from cancer."
Showtime's 3-part series Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine will debut on February 21st.