Just three days after being released from house arrest on August 2, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine released a brand-new music video titled “Punani.” The 24-year-old rapper’s previous three singles, ‘Trollz,’ ‘Gooba’ and ‘Yaya,’ were all shot in his backyard during his house arrest, while his latest is the first music video to have been shot outside of his home since his arrest in November 2018.
The music video, currently viewed more than 53 million times on YouTube, shows the rapper celebrating his freedom from house arrest by walking along the streets of Brooklyn, surrounded by a huge entourage – supposedly his crew and security guards – and driving Lamborghinis as they speed through the city. He took to Instagram to promote his freedom through the release of the single, captioning the post “IM FREE!!”
Tekashi 6ix9nine, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, was sentenced to serve two years in prison after pleading guilty and testifying against the Nine Trey Gang on firearms and racketeering charges. Although 6ix9nine is celebrating his freedom from house arrest, his act of “snitching” on the Nine Trey Gang has made his future uncertain. However, Tekashi 6ix9ine has been trolling the internet through his singles since his house arrest began, and now that he is back on the streets, his trolling has not stopped. One Instagram post shows Hernandez posing in front of a large rat, implying he does not care about being called a “rat” for his cooperation with authorities.
His latest Instagram posts and recent singles have given the impression that Hernandez does not regret testifying against the Nine Trey Gang and intends to enjoy his freedom to the fullest. He is seen taking photos with fans, playing football, riding the Brooklyn subway, visiting his old workplace, handing out cash to random people and simply enjoying life.
Although many fans on Instagram have expressed their support of the rapper since his release, some have also expressed their concerns over 6ix9nine not taking social distancing rules seriously. One fan said, “Bro got early release cuz he was scared of getting corona but out here boutta spread it around smh.”
In another post promoting his latest single, several fans commented about their distaste for Tekashi’s excessive use of the n-word in the song, considering the rainbow-haired rapper is of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent.
Although opinions on the man are divided, the rapper has consistently given back to impoverished communities within the state, even before his arrest, saying “I grew up not having shit in Brooklyn … Everyone knows me for giving back in my community BUT as a Latino I feel the need to help my people.” It will be interesting to see what is next for Tekashi 6ix9ine after his celebration of freedom phase is over.
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