Swizz Beatz on 6ix9ine's Rising Success: 'He Reminds Me of Sticky Fingaz From Onyx'

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Swizz Beatz attends the Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch at One World Trade Center on Jan. 27, 2018 in New York City.

Despite his legal woes, 6ix9ine has etched out a formidable résumé, consisting of three Billboard Hot 100 tracks including "Keke," Kooda" and his top 20 single "Gummo." In addition to a slew of co-signs from Fetty Wap, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and most recently Tory Lanez, veteran producer Swizz Beatz also had effusive praise for the burgeoning star.

"I support the younger artists," Beatz told Billboard at JAY-Z's Roc Nation Brunch on Saturday. "You know, the thing about him is that he reminds me of Sticky Fingaz from Onyx. You know, I like that energy of that Onyx, "Throw Ya Guns" in the air vibe. So when I look at him, I'm not looking at him probably for the other reasons people are looking at him, I'm looking at him because he reminds me of something that I knew [that] was great at one point in time."

Last November, 6ix9ine was in the studio with Beatz working on an untitled record. The tandem teased the track on social media without providing any insight as to when and where the record would land. On Sunday (Jan. 28), 6ix9ine further tantalized fans by announcing the release date for his debut project. "MY FIRST EVER PROJECT DROPS FEBUARY 23rd," said the deleted post. "FROM NOW ON COMMENT FEBRUARY 23RD ON EVERY POST IN THE WORLD LET N---AS KNOW THATS WHEN WE GO BRAZYYYY." 

You can take a look back and listen to the teaser of Beatz and 6ix9ine's collaboration below.