Lying comfortably atop his bed in his Austin, Texas hotel room, his rainbow-coloured hair flowing lusciously across his pillow, 6IX9INE seems relaxed and at home. His face (and entire body for that matter) is strewn with ink detailing an entire galaxy of secrets that only the artist himself truly knows the meaning of. Many who might cross his path likely fear him, based on his looks alone. However at the heart of it all is a truly genuine and humble young hustler currently taking over one of the most magnanimous cities on the planet, New York.
"I f*ck with Pac heavy bro, Pac is a big inspiration to me, Biggie's a huge inspiration to me,” he says, discussing his education on hip hop. “Pac's Troublesome '96, bro, that's my life.” Too many people are counting out Tekashi for his odd-ball approach to the game, however it’s that specific approach that has brought him so many followers, and with it, enough naysayers to put someone down for good. Not enough for an artist like 6IX9INE though, he’s stronger than that. He’s come from a city where blood and sweat is the only ticket out.
"DMX, he's a huge inspiration to me, I dont think he f*ck with me though, but I always pay homage. DMX is my inspiration from New York, and 50 - I love 50 blood, but we never spoke. I think that's the thing with New York, nobody ever reaches out. You see Atlanta always sticks together, Gucci Mane always does a song with the upcoming artists, like I co-sign this. New York don't work like that, and that sh*t is wack.”
Hopefully, things begin to change soon and we find New York artists banding together to create the dream-team we’ve all been waiting for.