Daniel Hernandez (born May 8, 1996), known by his stage name 6ix9ine ("six-nine"), also known as Tekashi69 or simply Tekashi, is an American rapper.
Born in Bushwick, Brooklyn to a Mexican mother and a Puerto Rican father, Hernandez was expelled from school in 8th grade, and did not return. In 2009, his father was murdered, which led to Hernandez working various jobs and selling marijuana in order to help his mother financially.
Hernandez's commercial debut single "Gummo" was released on November 10, 2017 and eventually peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100. His next single "Kooda" debuted at 61 on the Hot 100 the week of December 23, 2017. On January 14, 2018, Hernandez released his third single "Keke" with Fetty Wap and A Boogie wit da Hoodie. Shortly afterwards, Hernandez announced his debut mixtape, Day69. The mixtape was released on February 23, 2018, and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 album chart with 55,000 album-equivalent units, of which 20,000 were pure sales.
Hernandez also rose to prominence on social media due to a July 2017 Instagram post that went viral on both Reddit and Twitter, where Hernandez's eccentric appearance (rainbow-dyed hair, a rainbow grill, and multiple versions of the number 69 tattooed on his body) turned him into an internet meme.
Hernandez has a "hyper-aggressive, full-throated approach" to rap.
In October 2015, Hernandez pled guilty to one felony count of Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance. Charges were brought against Hernandez after a February 2015 incident where he had sexual contact with a 13-year-old minor and later distributed videos of the incident online. Three of these videos are described in the criminal complaint against Hernandez. In one of the videos, "the child engages in oral sexual intercourse with the separately charged defendant Taquan Anderson, while the defendant, Daniel Hernandez, stands behind the child making a thrusting motion with his pelvis and smacking her on her buttocks. The child is nude in the video.” While Hernandez claimed to be seventeen at the time of the incident, the birth date listed in the complaint against him and in Hernandez's statement to the police shows he was eighteen at the time. Prior to his sexual misconduct charges, Hernandez served jail time as a minor for assault and the sale of heroin.
In a now-deleted Instagram video, former collaborator Michael White, also known as the rapper Trippie Redd, denounced Hernandez by saying that he "(doesn't) promote pedophiles." In November 2017, White posted a photo of Hernandez holding hands with another man in an attempt to expose Hernandez as a closeted homosexual. Later that month, when White was in New York, he was assaulted in the hotel he was staying at by individuals allegedly connected to Hernandez over White's homophobic comments. The pair continued to trade insults over Instagram Live.
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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