Since exploding onto the scene with 2017’s “GUMMO,” Tekashi 6ix9ine’s burgeoning career has been shrouded in controversy. From the highly publicized 2015 child sex case to his aggressive social media presence, he’s had the cards stacked against him since day one. But as the Hip Hop community watched his lightning speed trajectory reach its peak, the polarizing rap figure’s momentum suddenly crashed.
The Lowdown: Tekashi 6ix9ine is an internet meme, a charged child sex offender, and — occasionally — a rapper. But above all he is a testament to the power of a personal brand. Strip away the rainbow hair, the rainbow grill, the tattoos of his own pen name across his face, and you are left with a below average trap rapper who snarls and beats his chest and yells incoherently about money and blowjobs.
On his official full-length debut, Dummy Boy, troubled New York rapper 6ix9ine delivers much of the same exaggerated and empty content that assisted his speedy but controversial rise in the late 2010s. Issued while the divisive figure was imprisoned for a number of offenses, Dummy Boy mirrors its creator in its overly energized, cartoonishly aggressive, and ultimately soulless presentation. Growling and yelling, 6ix9ine spends much of Dummy Boy making threats and puffing his chest, employing explosive gun blasts and intense production to get his hollow points across.
That fame is a drug is a cliché, but for Tekashi 6ix9ine there's no other explanation. The polarizing, 22-year-old Bushwick, Brooklyn-raised, rainbow-haired rapper spent years desperately searching for a way to catapult himself into the limelight. He horrified the fashion world with a now infamous outfit that displayed the words "Pussy Eater" and "Nigga" on a long black jersey in bold, but that brief virality didn't pan out.
Dummy Boy was never destined for anything close to greatness, but it had a brief shot at being a source of misguided legend. (Tekashi) 6ix9ine's arrest on multiple counts, including racketeering, days before his debut album's release led to it being indefinitely delayed. Had it stayed on the shelf longer, there could've been more salivating for it from fans and morbid curiosity from haters.