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."