How Going to Prison Helped Tekashi 6ix9ine Top the Charts on iTunes

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Some predicted rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine’s legal problems would dampen the success of his music. However, the opposite seems to be occurring. Here’s how going to prison helped Tekashi 6ix9ine top the charts on iTunes.

What does the name Tekashi 6ix9ine mean?

Tekashi 6ix9ine’s name doesn’t mean what you think it does. Back in March 2018, he took to Instagram to tell his fans the deeper meaning of his name:

I never lost sense of where I came from. That’s what makes me 69. The true meaning of 69 is just because you’re right doesn’t mean I’m wrong. You just haven’t seen life from my perspective. Turn the 6 upside down, it’s 9 but remains the same in a different perspective. Open your mind and heart.

Why he’s in jail

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In November 2018, Tekashi 6ix9ine was indicted in federal court on several charges including armed robbery, alleged involvement in shootings, and drug trafficking. Prosecutors accused Tekashi 6ix9ine and five other people of being involved with a New York gang called Nine Trey Gangstas Bloods.

The rapper is facing six counts according to an indictment obtained by TMZ. The most serious charge he faces is for discharging a firearm while committing a crime. If he is convicted, that count could result in a life sentence and a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison, reports TMZ.

Tekashi 6ix9ine was warned before he went to jail

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Some music insiders were concerned about the rapper and offered advice and a warning on making sure he’s careful about the company he keeps. Grammy-nominated rapper Fat Joe (also known as Joseph Antonio Cartagena) sat down with Tekashi 6ix9ine to offer a few words of wisdom, reports Page Six.

Before Tekashi 6ix9ine was arrested, Fat Joe told him during his Coca Vision podcast on Tidal that police were likely plotting against him and trying to set him up. As part of his warning, Fat Joe referred to Bobby Shmurda, who was sentenced to seven years for weapons possession in 2016. This is what Fat Joe had to say: “I got to tell you right. You seen what happened to Bobby Shmurda. These people, these police tried to set me up so many times. They did not like who I was, who I stood for. They wanted to get me, one million percent they are plotting on you,” he told Tekashi 6ix9ine during the podcast.

Album success

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Despite Tekashi 6ix9ine’s legal trouble, he rose to the top of the iTunes charts. All of the publicity he has been getting seems to have given him a boost. His debut album, Dummy Boy, became a success in a matter of hours. Within less than 24 hours of authorizing the album’s release, four songs were in the top five on iTunes, reports TMZ. And that’s not all; two other songs from the album are in the top 10. In addition, the artist’s mixtape “Day 69,” which was released earlier in 2018, rose to No. 51.

Read more: Tekashi 6ix9ine Net Worth: Will He Lose His Fortune After Being Arrested?

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