A brand new documentary about the rise and fall of Tekashi 6ix9ine is now streaming on Hulu - and boy is it a roller coaster. Tekashi started off in eastern Europe before migrating to the US and developing is gang-image in NY. His ultimate troll persona has turned many artist's perceptions on its head, as he beefed with the biggest in Hip Hop, then bragged about his meteoric rise on the charts.
Then it all came to a screeching halt as he was arrested for racketeering, and proceeded to rat out all of his associates.
69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez recently premiered on Hulu, and is described as "part investigative documentary, part real-life gangster movie." Director Vikram Gandhi dug into 69's past, reaching out to Hernandez's friends whom knew him before the 69 took over. The documentary delves into how 69 "repeatedly broke the internet with his sensationalist music videos and social media beefs before infamously testifying against Brooklyn gang the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods in a landmark trial".
"All of my films explore identity, specifically the inner life of charismatic figures," said the director, via Variety. "I’m fascinated by the difference between the perceived person on the surface and the real person underneath…. What made him so fascinating were the contradictions built into his very existence: A Mexican kid with facial tattoos and rainbow hair shouting the n-word, flaunting gang affiliation, starting beef, and posting his own violent acts online. As I moved further into the story, I met a motley crew of personalities who were integral to Tekashi69’s development as an artist and celebrity. Danny Hernandez wanted to be famous so badly that he was devoured by his digital avatar, Tekashi69."