Tekashi 6ix9ine took a social media sabbatical and stopped making music for six months to work on his weight, and has since opened up about his mental fatigue.
Tekashi 6ix9ine has had a whirlwind and contentious music trajectory. First, it was earning the rue of the hip-hop community after he turned state witness and testified against his gang, the Nine Trey Gangsters. Moreover, he also implicated other mainstream rappers in his testimony, like Cardi B. Following his release in April 2020, he only made matters worse by not being remorseful. Instead, he seemingly gloated about becoming a state witness and only looking out for himself.
Following his release, he released a collaborative hit with Nicki Minaj, titled Trollz. The single was an immediate success, with its music video receiving over 20 million views in 12 hours after its release. While the success of the single seemed to revive 6ix9ine’s career, he attempted to negate Minaj’s contribution to its success, alienating the last mainstream hip-hop voice that endorsed him.
Tekashi was also being cyberbullied, as his comments section was flooded with rat emojis that were insinuating that he is a snitch. Following the release of his album, TattleTales in September 2020, he took a six-month break from the internet. He returned in February 2021, by sharing his weight loss journey in a since-deleted post, where he stated:
“Hey guys… So the real reason I left Instagram and music for 6 months is because in September I was the biggest I ever got .. I weighed 204 pounds and I was kinda going through a lot in life and I was just constantly eating and eating. I told myself to put the music to the side and focus on myself and here I am today 60 pounds lighter at 140…” His return was brief, as he last posted on Instagram in May 2021. No new posts have since been shared, suggesting that the rapper might be focusing on his mental health during this time.