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REVIEW: 6ix9ine mixes “trap” with “hardcore” rap

Tekashi69 drops debut ‘Day69’

Brooklyn rapper 6ix9ine just released his debut mixtape, Day69, and while it is somewhat predictable, for anyone who appreciates trap beats and hardcore rap… it delivers. The controversial 21-year-old rapper doesn’t give a fuck and viciously attacks each track with the raw viciousness of a young DMX or Ja Rule but with a more “millennial” appeal. But don’t get it twisted, his bars got some bite.

6ix9ineThe 11-track long mixtape is short and punchy, clocking in with a running time of 27-minutes. But there’s no filler here… coming out swinging right from the start. Day69 opens with the intro track, “Billy” a heavy-hitting hardcore anthem with all the ruthlessness of M.O.P. or Capone-N-Noreaga with a modern trap core.

His debut single, “GUMMO” was first released in November 2017 and has already been certified Gold by the RIAA—with the expectation of going Platinum following the release. The track was produced by Pi’erre Bourne and peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

“RONDO” looks to be yet breakthrough track for the emerging rainbow-haired rapper, featuring Torey Lanez and Young Thug on the pop-infused beat co-produced by Bourne and Murda Beatz.

The third single, “KEKE” was commercially released back in January and features guest appearances by Fetty Wap and fellow New Yorker A Boogie wit da Hoodie.

One thing that 6ix9ine establishes is that much of his daily routine revolves around guns, money, and violence. Just moments prior to his recent incident at LAX airport, TMZ reports that the young rapper was interviewed about topical issues such as gun control, which in light of the recent tragedy in Florida is extremely relevant, as well as violence in hip-hop.

Another single, “KOODA,” was released in December and was written in dedication to his deceased friend, Kooda B. It’s also somewhat of a diss track, which calls out Trippie Redd, an Ohio rapper and supposed rival of 6ix9ine and the S.C.U.M. Gang.

The album continues with “BUBA,” a track which Tekashi69 co-wrote with DJ Spinz and TM88 of the 808 Mafia, and produced by Taz Taylor. He also links up with L&F, the production duo behind The Game‘s The Documentary 2 (2015), and Grammy Award-winning producer Frank Dukes on the track “MOOKY,” which he follows with a remix of “GUMMO” featuring Offset of Migos.

The album comes to close with a full clip and one in the chamber. “Chocolaté” wraps things up with a track about people beefin’ and how nobody in his crew wants him to have to “smoke” somebody. Apart from the open-door threat of violence, the song is actually somewhat uncomfortable to get through, when he goes off:

“I need all of mine/ try to try me and it’s Columbine. / Let that Ruger fly / automatic popping at your guys.”

Despite a reputation for being controversial and causing violence, 6ix9ine is really not the type of artist you [or your kids] would expect from an album designed to look like an episode of the Cartoon Network animated series Adventure Time. But in terms of carrying its own weight, the album delivers with direct effect.

RATING: 3 / 5

LISTEN: 6IX9INE – ‘DAY69’

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