Pop Culture Crash Course: What’s Up With Tekashi 6ix 9ine?
If you’ve been anywhere near Twitter in the last few weeks, you’ll have heard about the Tekashi 6ix 9ine upcoming court case.
He’s a wildly popular rapper with a massive following. He’s live-streamed from bed with other rappers’ girlfriends and outlasted an underage sex scandal. Moreover, he’s a nuisance, by his own design. Tekashi said: “I build my own world and I want my world to look like it’s on fire,” which fits. Tekashi 6ix 9ine is a culture tornado. He’s also unquestionably successful, his debut album shooting to most downloaded record on iTunes at the time of its release.
And, now, he’s at the center of a State’s Witness controversy. Not because there’s anything odd about someone looking at jail for 47 years testifying so they can get less time. But because he’s a hip hop superstar (like it or not) and now, arguably, the bottom of the rap barrel.
Let’s take a closer look.
The Arrest of Tekashi 6ix 9ine
In November of 2018, Tekashi 6ix 9ine appeared in court following his arrest on racketeering and possession of various firearms charges. Along with a group of other people, the rapper was implicated in various shootings, robberies, and, by his own admissions, associations with violent New York gang, the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
Twenty-four hours after his arrest, 6ix 9ine, real name Daniel Hernandez, cut a deal with federal prosecutors to flip on his crew. And, on Tuesday, he followed this up by testifying against his former crew in court.
The Big Deal
So what’s the big deal? Ultimately, nothing really. If you were in your twenties and staring down the barrel of 47 years in jail, you’d probably flip, too. It’s decisively anti-gangster, but the idea that modern rappers have to be “OG” is kind of antiquated, anyway.
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But it’s unrealistic to imagine that a self-described “public menace” like 6ix 9ine could get arrested, turn state witness within a single day, start flipping on his friends, and not become a meme. Because, more than his Crayola-colored grill, bad boy public persona, and, yes, even his music, this is Tekashi 6ix 9ine’s meme moment. And, if he continues to name names as ridiculous sounding as Cardi B as collaborators, the Internet’s going to keep claiming he fingered Michael Cera.
So, enjoy your space between mOCkInG SpoNGEbOb, shocked Pikachu, and the dead bodies of the rage comic collective, Tekashi 6ix 9ine. The Internet caught you “snitchin'”, and memery like that sticks harder than rapper notoriety ever will.