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Hulu Surprises Viewers With Documentary on Rise & Fall of Tekashi 6ix9ine

Hulu’s Tekashi 6ix9ine documentary is available for streaming now.

In the past year, the rap industry has been flooded with content around the story of Tekashi 6ix9ine. On Monday, Hulu dropped their effort on the subject, releasing 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez to be streamed on the platform. Stream the official trailer below.

The Vikram Gandhi-directed documentary follows Hernandez from his rise to his incarceration.

“Gandhi gets up close and personal with the neighborhood locals who knew 69 when he was just Danny Hernandez,” the doc’s description reads, “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.”

“I’m fascinated by the difference between the perceived person on the surface and the real person underneath,” Gandhi said in a statement. “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 Tekashi 6ix9ine’s development as an artist and celebrity. Danny Hernandez wanted to be famous so badly that he was devoured by his digital avatar, Tekashi 6ix9ine.”

Hernandez was released from prison back in April due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. He was released specifically due to fears stemming from his asthma conditions. Since his release, he’s filmed two videos. His second post-prison single, “Trollz,” with Nicki Minaj, hit number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track was 6ix9ine’s first number-one single. In the next week, however, the track dropped 33 spots, breaking the record for the largest drop from number-one in chart history.

Torry Threadcraft

Torry Threadcraft is a writer who covers music, sports, and culture. You can find his daily ramblings and culinary takes at @dreadcraft.

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