Tekashi, we hardly knew ye. Though he got here into the sport and left inside the identical calendar yr, the rainbow marvel has definitely left an impression on pal and foe alike. Of course, the checklist his enemies is as in depth as his now-defunct Billboard chart streak. Prior to being shipped f to the clink, we’ve seen the younger rapper butt heads with Trippie Redd, Pi’erre Bourne, YG, Chief Keef, Tadoe, The Game, YG, Ebro, Casanova, Juice WRLD, Kodak Black, and certain extra. And that’s solely the “rap sport” part his shit-list.
“Somewhere Over The Rainbow”
Yet one doesn’t obtain business prosperity, battle Travis Scott for a primary album, and promote out live performance halls on the power notoriety alone. Behind the antics, or maybe as a result of them, Tekashi discovered himself growing a loyal fanbase. Of course, it’s doable that many merely tuned in out a easy adherence to meme tradition; in that sense, 6ix9ine supplied ample fodder for the memelords, who might have gravitated towards his propensity for churning out infinite content material. A symbiotic relationship, to make certain.
That’s to not say each 6ix9ine listener approached his music with a way irony. True, his unique singles mirrored a brief burst testosterone, offering little in the way in which nuance. Yet the younger man ultimately started branching out, exploring completely different cadences past his modus operandi: SCREAMING SHIT. He even dipped his toe into the Latin sport, broadening his musical horizon within the course of. True, he wasn’t precisely elevating the bar for total album high quality, but there was one thing fascinating about his presence however. Even the detractors tuned in for the t-misguided “hate-listen.” Yet an attention-grabbing query persists: who makes up 6ix9ine’s core fanbase? And for these included within the rainbow-tinted bubble, are they supporting the person or the music?
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Such mettle will probably be examined now greater than ever, for 6ix9ine will, a minimum of in concept, be gone until September. The lengthy and sordid story Tekashi’s authorized woes has been coated extensively, however the fallout has definitely lacked depth. The battle for primary album was a briefly attention-grabbing narrative, although it fizzled not lengthy after it popped. For essentially the most half, 6ix9ine associated content material has turn out to be reliant on the antics his girlfriend Jade and her varied suitors. That’s to not say his followers have turned their again on him; Dummy Boy at present sits at quantity eight on the Billboard charts, although a gradual descent is ongoing. In reality, it speaks to the fickle nature the fashionable fan, whose sense loyalty ten mirrors their consideration span.
Of course, them’s the breaks when working the tumultuous waters a “clout-based period.” Should you place antics over precise high quality, the hype will inevitably die down as soon as the antics falter. Seeing as 6ix9ine is at present sitting behind bars, he’s incapable making headlines by means of his varied means. The man was, in any case, an impeccable troll. His sense humor was surprisingly adept, and his willingness to snigger at himself made for a spread fulfilling content material. The “Fastest Man Alive” compilations come to thoughts, an encapsulation his harmonious relationship with the world’s meme-creators. Yet what number of them are actually lamenting the loss his music? Have we reached some extent the place 6ix9ine, both humbled or hardened by his jail stint, emerges in a yr’s time, solely to be lengthy forgotten? Or has he solidified sufficient a legacy to choose up the place he has left f? Admittedly, those that make up his core following might have already latched onto the subsequent up-and-comer, although a triumphant return to type is much from out the playing cards.
It’s doable post-prison 6ix9ine will probably be a special beast altogether, possible avoiding something even remotely confrontational, lest the authorized eagles come-a-knocking. As Kendrick Lamar as soon as contemplated, when shit hits the fan, will the followers stay followers? It’s conceivable, as many artists have sustained a fanbase and even thrived upon their launch from jail. Kodak Black not too long ago put out one his greatest items work up to now, and Gucci Mane has repeatedly delivered stable materials amidst a straight-up way of life change. Yet many have questioned 6ix9ine’s real expertise; how a lot his success is pushed by ability alone? Few can argue that the antics have performed a pivotal function in catapulting his notoriety. Strip these away, and all we have now left is the music.
Time will inform whether or not or not 6ix9ine’s songs will stand up to the take a look at time. Yet one factor is definite. It’s been comparatively quiet in his absence. The Dummy Boy rollout alone might have been a trove potential comedic gold. Likewise for the inevitable movies that may have adopted. Instead, we’re left with the antics the rainbow heiress, a diluted variation at greatest. Love him or hate him, it’s arduous to disclaim that Tekashi made an impression throughout his temporary tenure within the sport. Do you miss the lil man, or are you merely over the rainbow?