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Tekashi 6ix9ine album release postponed after arrest

By | Published on Thursday 22 November 2018

Tekashi 6ix9ine

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the release of the debut album from controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine – or Tekashi69 or just 6ix9ine or Daniel Hernandez, if you prefer – has been postponed after his arrest on firearm and racketeering charges.

The rapper was told earlier this week that he faces 32 years to life in prison if found guilty of the charges now on the table, which have seemingly resulted from a five-year investigation into the Nine Trey Bloods street gang, with which Hernandez has alleged links.

His debut album ‘Dummy Boy’ was due to be released tomorrow, but a statement posted on his Instagram profile yesterday said: “Due to circumstances beyond our control we have postponed the release of Tekashi 6ix9ine’s ‘Dummy Boy’ until further notice”.

Hernandez has courted controversy for some time, partly because of the aggressive style of his rapping and the nature of his on-stage persona, and partly because of his previous run ins with the law. He was among the list of artists that campaigners called on Spotify to boycott earlier this year when it was dabbling with its much discussed ‘hateful conduct’ policy.

Nicki Minaj was also criticised by some for collaborating with Hernandez around the release of her most recent album ‘Queen’. She has a guest spot on his ‘Dummy Boy’ LP and yesterday she put out a message of support for her fellow rapper.

Also on Instagram, she wrote: “For reasons beyond music, the record company will hold off on putting his project out for now. Danny, I love you and am praying for you, your mother, daughter and her mom during this time”.

Hernandez’s lawyer insists that his client is innocent of the charges he was arrested over last weekend. Attorney Lance Lazzaro said in a statement: “Daniel Hernandez is completely innocent of all charges being brought. An entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster image’ to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise”.