Showtime Documentary Films has given a green light to ‘Supervillain’, a docuseries profiling notorious hip-hop artist Tekashi 6ix9ine.
The documentary is inspired by journalist Stephen Witt’s Rolling Stone feature ‘Tekashi 6ix9ine: The Rise and Fall of a Hip Hop Supervillain’. The project is a co-production of Imagine Documentaries, Rolling Stone and Lightbox, reported Deadline.
The three-part series will trace how a New York City deli clerk named Daniel Hernandez exploded into Tekashi 6ix9ine, the tattooed face of Gen Z and hip hop’s prince of trolls, with 2.6 billion streams and 15 hits on the Billboard charts.
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine first made his mark as a social media troll, translating his outlandish digital presence into a remarkably effective hip-hop persona. He gained fans as quickly as he gained enemies, and with the rise of fame came consequences. He was blacklisted by media outlets, cancelled by the music industry, shot at, kidnapped and arrested.
SuperVillain will provide viewers with a detailed perspective into Tekashi 6ix9ine’s epic rise and fall from those closest to him.
“The bizarre and complicated rise of Tekashi 6six9ine is a story of our times,” said Vinnie Malhotra, EVP, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks. “Beyond becoming one of the most notorious hip hop artists of this generation, his story speaks volumes of the impact of social media and manufactured celebrity in our society. We’re excited to be partnering with such heavy hitters in the world of music and documentary to bring Supervillain to life.”
As reported by The Sauce, Tekashi is currently in prison on federal racketeering and weapons charges and is awaiting release as early as the end of this year after he cut a deal to reveal numerous pieces of information about different people and their relationship with the Nine Trey Bloods gang.
The rapper recently signed a new record deal in prison. The deal with label 10K Projects is said to be worth $10m (Kshs 1B) and is for two albums, one in English and Spanish.