How much is 6ix9ine worth?
|Date of Birth:
|May 8, 1996 (age 26)
|United States of America
|5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
69, also known as 6ix9ine and Tekashi69, is a platinum award winning American rapper from New York City. His rap career has been addled with controversy and stacked with top 10 releases on the Billboard music charts. While he’s released just two albums and one mix tape in his short career, he has also collaborated with some of the biggest stars in the business, such as Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Lil Baby. To say 69’s career hit the ground running is an understatement. Each of his three LP releases have broken the top 10 on the charts, as have three of his singles- “Fefe”, featuring Minaj, “Gooba”, and another duet with Minaj that became his first number one single, called “Trollz”. Just 26 years old, 69 has had a prolific start and meteoric rise to stardom, all the more remarkable considering his early life and his entry into the music business nearly by accident.
After a tumultuous childhood, which included the belief that his father was dead and his stepfather being shot to death just outside the family’s home, 69 was expelled from the eighth grade and forced to find employment in his teens to help his mother stay afloat financially. Upon learning that his father was indeed alive, but a heroin addict, he sought refuge in his faith to carry him through and help support his mother. His stepfather’s murder was also a major trauma that caused him to become introverted for a time, and he attributes prayer during this period for being able to survive.
69 took numerous odd jobs to earn a meager income and contribute money to the household. It was at his job in a Brooklyn bodega that a chance meeting with the owner of a New York record label that he would be convinced to give music a serious try. By the time he was 16 years old, he had started recording and releasing songs and started gaining traction inside the New York rap scene. He became known for his aggressive style and hard-hitting lyrics, most of which were drawn from his difficult life situation. Between 2014 and 2016, 69 had uploaded nine original songs with corresponding music videos to various platforms. He cultivated a visual image in these videos, his rainbow colored hair, tattoos and traditional grills all cementing an indelible style that could never be mistaken for being unoriginal.
By 2017, 69 had issued a steady number of singles. He further established his persona on social media platforms like Instagram. His internet popularity then coincided with his first official commercial single called Gummo, which reached number 12 on the charts. At this point, 69 had honed his image and music style, and was ready to take the big splash by releasing a full long play mix tape. The downtrodden kid from Brooklyn had positioned himself to become a rap star despite a slew of obstacles throughout his youth, some self-inflicted and some not within his control.
Day69, dropped in February of 2018, was the long form mix tape that kickstarted 69’s career on the national stage. All the work he had put in while struggling to cobble together his own form of self expression and individual style would soon be paying off. Day69 entered the Billboard charts at number 4, and just 3 months later was certified gold, the benchmark for 500,000 units sold. By November of the same year, 69’s debut album was released as well. The rap phenom was striking while the iron was hot, as the 13 track collection called Dummy Boy debuted at number 2 in it’s initial week of release. Fame and fortune had arrived at his doorstep. The question would be whether 69 could sustain it.
Over the course of his brief career, 69 has managed to juggle his music and newfound celebrity status quite effectively. Posted photos had given rise to recognition across social media platforms. One photo even became its own internet meme. His ability to cross promote his brand had woven together an impressive combination of his music and visual identity, which led to more album sales and bigger money.
Some estimates place 69’s net worth at upwards of $5-10 million, however this is highly controversial as some of his deals may have been promotional efforts and not deals at all. His good fortune has given him the luxury of high priced living, though. His indulgence in fashion and jewelry, along with a sizable collection of expensive grills, offer a glimpse of his standard of living. His income has also afforded him a collection of pricy sports cars.
Since 2018, despite all his success, 69 has been plagued with scandal and legal issues. Some he disputes, others he admits. He’s also had numerous feuds with rival rappers, and was jailed for two years. In exchange for his testimony, he avoided a much stiffer sentence. He was released on good behavior and due to Covid prison protocol. One can’t help but think his issues stem from all the tragedy in his young life. But it’s become quite clear that when he avoids trouble for any length of time, he’s been very productive and continues to command top dollar for his work.
Brooklyn rapper 69 overcame great odds to craft a highly successful music career. His journey has been a roller coaster ride of epic proportions, filled with highs and lows. From taking odd jobs just to make ends meet, to a debut album that reached number 2 in the nation, he has known what it’s like being on the bottom rung and the rush of exhilaration in reaching the top. His music has provided a lifestyle and core group of fans that few could have ever predicted. If he can continue to invest in his craft and avoid all the pitfalls that come with the industry, the 26 year old has the makings of a long and accomplished career ahead of him. While it’s easier said than done, the key to his lasting success all but depends on nothing more than staying out of his own way.