By Andrew Willoughby
6ix9ine, one of the most talked about rappers of 2018, is once again in the spotlight.
His debut album, “DUMMY BOY” was leaked on Nov. 17, just a week after he pleaded not guilty of racketeering and firearm charges. He’ll remain in custody until his trial in September 2019.
You should not stream “DUMMY BOY” for a few reasons.
First – but least importantly – it’s terrible. The lazy production and 6ix9ine’s repetitive Tows make for an album that’s a truly grating experience – not to mention the fact that there are so many features that 6ix9ine ends up sounding like an afterthought on his own album.
Second – 6ix9ine repeatedly uses the n-word in his lyrics. He’s not black. Make of that what you will.
Here’s the big one, something a lot of people like to forget – he’s a known pedophile.
Rappers facing criminal charges is nothing new and these most recent racketeering charges are the least of my concerns here. What I will never wrap my head around is how 6ix9ine still receives unwavering support from fans, fellow rappers, and producers after it being largely and publicly known that the rapper was in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old last year and in another case pleaded guilty to using a child in a sexual performance, according to Jezebel.
When questioned about the latter, 6ix9ine responded, “I don’t know her exact age, I think she was 14 or some s**t like that.”
This should have been enough to end his career, but 6ix9ine is currently one of the most popular rappers in the industry.
A number of rappers are featured on “DUMMY BOY,” the most prominent being Nicki Minaj and Kanye West – quite possibly the two most influential people in pop music right now.
Minaj and West had the opportunity to turn down this collaboration and they didn’t. Their willing inclusion on the album says they’re complicit with pedophilia and complacent about sexual assault.
I’ve written about how we shouldn’t separate the artist from their art in this column before.
Unfortunately, that bears repeating.
Regardless of the man’s actions, I think his music is god-awful, but one would be allowed to enjoy it in a vacuum. Unfortunately, 6ix9ine is not in a vacuum.
No artist is.
Since the accusations of Jesse Lacey of Brand New and Cameron Boucher of Sorority Noise, I’ve completely cut two of my favorite bands out of my life.
You’ll be able to live without 6ix9ine.
I strongly urge you not to, but if you’re OK with supporting a pedophile, go ahead. Just make sure you – and those close to you – know exactly what you’re doing.
If you stream “DUMMY BOY,” you are financially supporting a pedophile.
By releasing his album, his label ScumGang Records – a fitting name – is directly financially supporting a pedophile.
Those who run the label are making money off of a pedophile.
I bet they’re proud, and I hope his fans are, too.