Hip-Hop

Here's the Reason 6ix9ine Left Instagram & Music for 6 Months -- And It's Not Jail

Tekashi 6ix9ine
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Tekashi 6ix9ine

The face-tattooed, rainbow-haired hip-hop star Tekashi 6ix9ine might've been on your TV screen earlier this week, when the first episode of his Showtime documentary series Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine premiered on Sunday, but he wasn't on your Instagram feed from September to January.

6ix9ine didn't release new music during that span of time either, since dropping his sophomore album TattleTales on Sept. 4, 2020. The "Trollz" rapper took to Instagram, which he returned to earlier in February, on Wednesday (Feb. 24) to dispel any rumors about his hiatus and to reveal his physical transformation, which included losing 60 pounds and gaining more rainbow "69" ink to cover both of his arms as well as a beard.

"Hey guysss.......... SO the real reason I LEFT Instagram and MUSIC for 6 months is because in September I was the biggest I ever got .. I weighed 204 pounds and I was kinda going through a lot in life and I was just constantly eating and eating," he wrote. "I told myself to put the music to the side and focus on myself and here I am today 60 pounds lighter at 140 ..."

Tekashi (real name Daniel Hernandez) previously pleaded guilty to firearms and racketeering charges in February 2019, but once he spoke out against the Brooklyn gang Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, he got his sentence reduced after serving 13 months. He was initially facing 47 years to life but ended up being released in April due to COVID-19 ravaging the prison system.

"ALL THIS TO SAY ... - IN LIFE everyone needs a break, in the chaos of everything that is going on in your life, tell yourself ' I control what happens in my life' do NOT let anyone tell you that things you want it’s not possible, that’s FALSE!" the 24-year-old New York rapper continued. "YOU WANT IT GO GET IT ! OWN THAT SH-- ! I AM AND FOREVER WILL BE THE KING OF NEW YORK CHECK THE F---ING STATS !!!!!!"

The next two episodes of his Supervillain docuseries will air on Showtime on Sunday, Feb. 28, and on March 7. The complete trilogy is available to download and watch on demand on Showtime and its various partner platforms.