The rise and fall of Tekashi 69 has been well documented, but how will the rest of the hip hop community receive him when all is said and done?
The biggest and most talked-about story in the world of hip hop at the end of the year is the Tekashi 69 trial. He turned informant and snitched on everybody in the Nine Trey bloods set.
In the hip hop community, snitching has been known as a mortal sin and not taken kindly. Tekashi 69 could be released as soon as early 2020 and the big question now is how he will be received.
To answer that question we have to look at the state of hip hop today to make an informed guess as to how his counterparts would receive him.
Hip hop today is a more accepting culture. There are gay artists like Tyler the Creator and Lil Nas X. While Lil Nas X has said he has been having a tough time dealing with coming out there hasn’t been extreme backlash from it.
Tyler the Creator appeared to come out on his song “Ain’t Got Time” when he says “I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.” That was talked about in the media but he was not really shunned by his peers.
In hip hop, mental health has been something that is openly talked about now. Artists like Kanye West who is suffering from Bipolar disorder and Kendrick Lamar who said he was suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts while recording To Pimp A Butterfly have come out and talked about their battle with mental health.
This would not be the case early in hip hop. Those two things would not be welcomed kindly by rappers in the past.
There will be artists that will work with Tekashi 69. One artist has already come out and said that they will work with him. Lil Zay Osama said that the “fans don’t give a f–k” and if 69 was to come out and call him to do a song that he would do it because “business is business…I’m going to do anything to uplift my career.”
He also said that we should give it a couple of months because a big star will do a song with him after everybody forgets.
That leads to the next point. Tekashi 69 was not unsuccessful. He was a superstar that sold music at a high rate. We have seen beefs like Nas and Jay-Z and Drake and Meek Mill peaced up. The reason that those beefs were solved because of time and money like Lil Zay Osama said.
Even after a diss song like Ether the Nas and Jay-Z beef was squashed over time and they ended up doing a couple songs together. A Nas and Jay-Z song is the stuff of legends. We never got a Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. song but they most likely would have got together eventually because of the money that could be made.
Drake and Meek Mill are two of the hottest artists in the game right now. Them beefing was not helping them make money and when the opportunity presented itself, even this deep-seated beef was squashed.
Hip Hop is not the streets. It is entertainment and a business. If an upcoming artist like Lil Zay Osama sees an opportunity to elevate their career they will not hesitate to work with a person labeled as a snitch, as Tekashi 69 has been labeled.
Tekashi 69’s career will be determined on success. If he is still hot even the biggest of haters will have to give him a bow. He knows he will still be able to make money. He has already signed a $10 million deal with his record label 10K Projects for two albums.
Men can only stay mad for a certain amount of time. As the saying goes “Real men don’t hold grudges.” Tekashi 69 will have to be smart though moving out of New York will most likely be the best option. There are people who don’t rap that are trying to make a name for themselves and he has a big target on his back from people trying to gain respect.
If he moves from New York to a place like Los Angeles where nobody really knows him then he will have a better chance at a long career. Tekashi 69 should be fine just as long as he is still selling records. If he does that everything else will fall into place.