A new documentary examining the rise of viral rap star Tekashi 6ix9ine is now available on Hulu.
The streaming service surprised the world by dropping the project with no warning on Monday as the rapper’s unique tale takes centre stage.
Titled 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez, the documentary tracks the hitmaker’s story from his early days to his most recent scandals.
The official synopsis reads: ‘Part investigative documentary, part real-life gangster movie, 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez unpacks the life of polarizing rap sensation and internet troll Tekashi69.
‘One of the most controversial figures in contemporary pop culture, 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.’
It continues: ‘Director Vikram Gandhi (KUMARÉ, BARRY) gets up close and personal with the neighborhood locals who knew 69 when he was still just Danny Hernandez–before the hard-core persona and the face tattoos–to chronicle his meteoric rise and fall from fame and probe the harsh extremes of addiction to fame in the digital era.’
In a statement, director Vikram Gandhi explains: ‘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.
‘When I realized 69 lived near me in Brooklyn — and that I’d frequented the bodega he used to work at — I hit up his manager to talk about making this documentary. I never heard back. A few months later, Tekashi 69 was arrested on federal charges facing 47 years to life.’
He adds: ‘Soon after, he started cooperating with the FBI to convict members of the very gang that had once supported him. I strongly believe that the core of documentary filming is access, sitting down with people and really listening to them.
‘As I moved further into the story, I met a motley crew of personalities who were integral to Tekashi 69’s development as an artist and celebrity. Danny Hernandez wanted to be famous so badly that he was devoured by his digital avatar, Tekashi 69.’
That’s sure to be an interesting watch.
69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez is available to stream on Hulu.