Brooklyn rapper 6ix9ine (a.k.a. Teka$hi 6ix9ine), the man behind the hit single "Gummo," pled guilty to three felony counts of sexual misconduct with a child.
According to Genius, this past summer, Brooklyn rapper ZillaKami posted a series of pictures accusing 6ix9nine of sexual misconduct with a minor. They included a photo of him grabbing the breasts of a girl ZillaKami claims is 13, as well as a screencap of criminal charges against him.
Genius obtained documents that confirm 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, pled guilty to three felony counts of Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance. Hernandez was 18-years-old on the date of the crime, while the victim was a minor of an unconfirmed age.
6ix9ine previously discussed his legal history on the NoJumper podcast, but denied those charges were his at the time. He did note that he served jail time as a minor after being arrested for selling heroin and assaulting the owner of a bodega.
A rep for Hernandez also denied the charges in a statement to MassAppeal back in August, saying, “he doesn’t even like to say the R-word [rape], we don’t play around with that s**t. As someone with a 3-year-old daughter, we take this very seriously… Their whole thing was to try to slander his name and make him look terrible.” Despite those denials, 6ix9ine made a series of disturbing comments about the allegations on social media, most notably referring to himself as a “happy rapist” in a Snapchat video.
There's been an influx of awareness and publicity surrounding sexual misconduct. Dozens of women revealed allegations of sexual assault and harassment committed by film producer Harvey Weinstein. That led to women coming forward about other Hollywood heavy-hitters like Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., and Brett Ratner.
Despite the increased revelations and consequences that have followed, the popularity of "Gummo" continues to grow. The song has earned over 21 million YouTube views, received a high-profile placement on Spotify’s Rap Caviar playlist earning over 1.5 million streams on the platform, and is likely to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the coming weeks.