In his first interview since his early release from prison, Tekashi was finally interviewed. Although it took more than 5 months for the interview, it only took a few seconds for Tekashi to make headlines as he can’t understand why so much hate despite not ever convicted of rap like Tupac Shakur.
“No, I don’t. Tupac Shakur was convicted of rape.l,” Tekashi tells the New York Times. ” Is Tupac Shakur loved or hated? Loved! What’s the difference between me and Tupac Shakur? I never caught a rape charge — ever.”
Shakur in 1994 was actually never charged with rape but rather “forceably touching the buttocks”. Regardless, if Tekashi 69 is attempting to have all eyes on him as he prepares to drop his new album TattleTales this Friday September 4th, well then he succeeding. But at what cost?
Tekashi doesn’t stop there. Apparently he see no difference between himself and Hip Hop‘s icon, Tupac Shakur. “I got to feed what, in 2020, is relevant. I got to feed the masses. There’s no difference between me and Tupac Shakur,” Tekashi said.
Not only does Tekashi compare himself with Tupac but also makes the comparison of his song “Billy” with one of Shakur’s classic songs. “What’s the difference between that and “Billy”?,” Tekashi said referring to Troublesome 96. “A born leader, never leave the crib without my heater!” You’re telling me he gave back through his art? You’re lying to me.”
Currently Tekashi has been on a “trolling run”, as he is willing to take all the press he can get. Good or bad. Part of his run saw 6ix9ine in L.A. claiming L.A. was his city and paid respect to Nipsey Hussle, which many felt was disrespectful. Tekashi would also pay respect to Lil Durk‘s cousin or rather mocking Nuski who died of gun violence in Chicago.
Now the question remains whether or not all this negative press will translate into album sales.