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Also known as Tekashi 6ix9ine, New York rapper 6ix9ine (born Daniel Hernandez) takes a hyper-aggressive, full-throated approach to delivering his oft-violent rhymes. After being released early from a prison sentence, the rapper funneled some of his harrowing experiences into the songs on his 2020 sophomore album Tattletales. A native of Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood, the Scumgang member developed a following on SoundCloud and made his commercial breakthrough in 2017, after he landed a recording deal through Elliott Grange that facilitated distribution via Universal. Just after Hernandez reportedly pled guilty to three felony counts of using a child in a sexual performance, "GUMMO," his first widely distributed single, entered the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually peaked at number 12. Follow-up "KOODA" arrived at the end of the year, at which point Hernandez had also recorded with the likes of Yung Beef, Trippie Redd, and Mo Dollaz. The commercial mixtape DAY69 arrived in early 2018 and debuted on the Billboard 200 at number four. He later joined Murda Beatz and Nicki Minaj on the track "Fefe," which became a Hot 100 hit, rising into the Top Three that summer. At the end of the year, hit with sexual assault, racketeering, and firearms charges, he issued his official debut LP, Dummy Boy, which climbed to number two on the Billboard 200 while he remained in prison awaiting trial. He was given a two-year jail sentence in February of 2019, but in April of the following year he was released early when the COVID-19 pandemic posed a threat to his underlying asthma condition. Under house arrest for the remainder of his sentence, he quickly started releasing new music. His aggressive single "Gooba" was released in May on the rapper's 24th birthday and debuted at number three on the Billboard charts. The next month he returned with new single "Trollz," a collaboration with Nicki Minaj. Both songs appeared on second studio album Tattletales, which was released in September of 2020. The album debuted in the Top Ten of the U.S. Billboard charts and did well throughout the rest of the world, too. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi

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