Hip-hop and the case of tekashi 6ix9ine
With so many flavors in the pot, it should come as no surprise that artist find themselves with a bitter taste in their mouths that gradually becomes hard to tolerate.
While at one point this may have been XXXTentacion, but currently the belt belongs to Tekashi 6ix9ine. As of late, the rapper has been experiencing the blow up that few may have been expecting. Regardless of Tekashi’s “GUMMO” release being one of the biggest tracks (ending 2017) and with the freshman XXL list coming in, he is a proven to be a favorite. However, Tekashi carries with him a league of indigestion that has shaken the foundation of hip-hop, leaving many to wonder just how long he will actually last.
For those who are unaware, hip-hop is no stranger to filtering out those it either does not want or those who do not belong. While artists like Post Malone and Azealia Banks have been able to barely evade the wrath that come with this filter, it seems people have tipped the scales to ensure Tekashi does not survive.
Before arriving in LA, Tekashi, due to gang affiliation, was told he would have to check-in if he wanted to come to the West Coast. He refused to check-in, and when Tekashi arrived, he posted a video anyway. When he was prepared to leave, believing he was untouched, there was just one problem… Tekashi had not left yet. When at LAX, a fight broke out, and it was four to six men versus two. Tekashi who jumped in would catch a few to the face, but it doesn’t look bad for either side. After a video of the incident made its way to the Internet, it wouldn’t take long for friend turned foe, Trippie Redd, to comment wondering how he got beat up.
Now, while Tekashi does appear to be a magnet that attracts any if not all malice, there is an interesting situation that does surround him. Tekashi is provoking those around him to actually act on whatever they may believe they can do to him. With the culture, there does lie this persona for certain rappers or certain people to appear “hard” or to be tougher than they actually are. While a thorn in the side of many for his boasting (where he seems to come out untouched), the rapper stands to be in a position where if this lasts any longer, his music career could be the one ending.
Another rapper who has spoken about being on this ground is Hood Fame Go Yayo; a Dallas artist who is known for fighting and being the winner of most of his fights. He acknowledges this could end Tekashi’s career before it has fully blossomed.
Tekashi at his current level of fame has surpassed Go Yayo for the time being, so the stakes are already higher; especially with his music seemingly taking a backseat to the current tomfoolery he’s been engaging in as of late. Although, the beauty that comes with hip-hop culture is the fact that if there is any doubt that you belong, it will not waste any time testing you. So, the way Tekashi is carrying on, he might attract more bad than good to not only his name, but hip-hop in general.
In the case of Tekashi, the game is waiting, not only in the question of what will come next, but rather if his career will last long enough for us to care to look back years from now.