In roughly the span the 12 months, an underground New York rapper has skilled a stylistic metamorphosis from on a regular basis Soundcloud rapper to unlikely chart topper. He’s been concerned with quite a few beefs (together with one with Trippie Redd, who initially signed him within the first place), practically went to jail on sexual assault costs, and usually made himself persona non-grata in a number of components the nation.
All this both assisted or straight led to singles like “GUMMO,” “KOODA” and “KEKE” changing into huge radio smashes. Polarizing to the intense, 6ix9ine didn’t appear to care whether or not he was despised or praised, so long as everybody had SOME opinion him earlier than the 12 months was up.
And now, his debut mixtape Day69 has arrived.
Unlike many his friends, Tekashi really deted from the anticipated sound. For essentially the most half, he typically focuses on an unconventional vocal fashion. His hoarse snarl (reminiscent older NYC teams like Onyx and MOP) cuts via most tracks, immediately commanding a listener’s consideration. However, whereas he barges and rampages over beats pretty successfully, his supply by no means varies. In his rush to achieve the highest, 6ix9ine hasn’t precisely developed an intensive toolkit.
When it involves stylistic method, 6ix9ine principally has two completely different approaches. One is an uptempo, New York-inspired method to lure information. The second borrows from the Florida rap scene’s hyper-distorted SoundCloud output. Of course “GUMMO”’s producer Pierre Bourne performed a pivotal function in shaping a sonic aesthetic, very similar to he did on Playboi Carti’s breakout “Magnolia.” Despite this sense duality, 6ix9ine’s performances stay, for essentially the most half formulaic. Especially on condition that some the extra identifiable traits are typically cribbed from different sources.
For occasion, the shouted refrain on “BUBA” appears slightly too near Ski Mask & XXX’s “Take A Step Back.” The ‘blicky’ quotable from “GUMMO” is borrowed from the Blixky Gang from Flatbush, Brooklyn. The qualities that make 6ix9ine such a novel presence on document in the end appear to dwindle below scrutiny. The longer the mixtape proceeds, the extra evident the issues develop into.
Despite the truth that Tekashi himself is so outlandish, the information that emulate “KOODA” and “KEKE” can’t assist however really feel conservative, particularly the place manufacturing is worried. When you evaluate the manufacturing on DAY69 to the debut albums his regional and technology friends, he’s largely outclassed. “BUBA” and “MOOKY” might need haunting beats overwhelmed with bass, however they’re usually drowned out below the burden his personal reverb-caked barking.
6ix9ine would most likely by no means declare to be a lyricist. Still, it’s an space wherein he’s sorely missing. Lines are ceaselessly recycled from music to music, with little to no emphasis on creating memorable imagery; consequently, that feeling homogeneity continues to pervade all through the album. At a sure level, Tekashi’s lyrics are merely threats violence and calls for for sexual gratification for their very own sake, echoing all of the worst kind false impressions folks get about hip-hop music. There’s definitely room for extra nihilistic rappers speaking about avenue life and dwelling reckless, however who desires to listen to it’s made so boringly?
Even the visitor options from the likes A-Boogie, Young Thug, and Offset (on a “GUMMO” remix that, contemplating the tape additionally options the unique, feels weirdly tacked on) are fairly disposable, doing little or no to rejuvenate the mixtape’s power. By the time the nearer “CHOCOLATE” comes round, it’s onerous to not really feel a palpable sense disappointment. After all of the hype, it virtually appears that music will at all times come second to his insatiable urge for food for controversy.
All issues thought of, DAY69 is a staggering failure creative assertion, particularly for a rapper searching for to show his price to the rap recreation. Whether it’s the unremarkable manufacturing, his personal limitations as a rapper, or the extreme drop in high quality past the singles, there’s not a lot happening to justify his existence within the rap recreation past an unlucky behavior producing unfavorable consideration.
Still, this might simply change inside a matter time. The sheer quantity hit singles he’s amassed in such a brief window definitely signifies room for a rising viewers, and 6ix9ine has confirmed to have good instincts for figuring out when the winds are blowing towards a sizzling new sound. But based mostly on what he’s bringing to the desk throughout a bigger physique work, it stands to motive that maybe he’s had too sizzling a 12 months. Every rapper’s objectives are to maintain their names in folks’s mouths, however you would possibly need to hope that you just’ve acquired songs price doing that on their very own advantage.