Controversial rapper explored in Vikram Gandhi's new movie.

By Joey Nolfi
November 16, 2020 at 10:13 AM EST
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Hulu has released a surprise documentary on the life of contemporary rap's most polarizing figure.

Billed as "part investigative documentary, part real-life gangster movie," 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez chronicles the rise and fall of "Gooba" and "Fefe" hitmaker Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose legal troubles and internet trolling have garnered as much attention as his chart-storming collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Fetty Wap, and more.

Director Vikram Gandhi charts the 26-year-old's sensationalist antics across colorful music videos and social media beefs, through his infamous testimony against the Brooklyn-based Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang. The filmmaker spoke with neighborhood locals who knew 6ix9ine before he became famous in an exploration of "addiction to fame in the digital era."

In a press statement, Gandhi called the film a probe into identity, and that his fascination with the difference between perception and reality fueled his interest in the project.

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"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," Gandhi said. "When I realized 69 lived near me in Brooklyn — and that I'd frequented the bodega he used to work at — I hit up his manager to talk about making this documentary. I never heard back. A few months later, Tekashi69 was arrested on federal charges facing 47 years to life. Soon after, he started cooperating with the FBI to convict members of the very gang that had once supported him."

He continued, adding that his years of traveling the world as an investigative journalist compelled him to dive into the story as a true-crime narrative, tracing Hernandez's steps through the borough that made him.

"I strongly believe that the core of documentary filming is access, sitting down with people and really listening to them," he said. "As I moved further into the story, I met a motley crew of personalities who were integral to Tekashi69’s development as an artist and celebrity. Danny Hernandez wanted to be famous so badly that he was devoured by his digital avatar, Tekashi69."

69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez is now streaming on Hulu. Watch the film's trailer above.

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