6ix9ine’s story will be turned into a three-part miniseries for Showtime. SuperVillain will be produced by Rolling Stone, Imagine, and Lightbox and based on the magazine’s feature “Tekashi 6ix9ine: The Rise and Fall of a Hip-Hop Supervillain.”
“Tekashi 6ix9ine’s story fits into Rolling Stone’s history of epic narratives about the most important and controversial artists of our times,” Rolling Stone president Gus Wenner said. “We are thrilled to work with Showtime, Imagine and Lightbox on the definitive docuseries of Tekashi’s meteoric rise and spectacular fall.”
The series looks to be a bit like Icarus but with more snitching, showing how Daniel Hernandez became 6ix9ine, how that character found sudden success and how the moves he made while trying to become a successful rapper ultimately landed him in prison.
“The bizarre and complicated rise of Tekashi 6ix9ine is a story of our times,” Showtime EVP of nonfiction programming Vinnie Malhotra said. “Beyond becoming one of the most notorious hip hop artists of this generation, his story speaks volumes of the impact of social media and manufactured celebrity in our society. We’re thrilled to be partnering with such heavy hitters in the world of music and documentary to bring SuperVillain to life.”
After 6ix9ine’s “Gummo” made him a star, old legal issues began to dog him. Charges related to filming an underage girl engaged in sex acts resurfaced when 6ix9ine was found to be in violation of his probation. Shortly thereafter, the rapper was arrested on racketeering charges due to his association with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. He turned state’s evidence while staring down a significant sentence and testified against his former associates. The new series hopes to follow his rise and fall through the framework of their feature piece.
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