Daniel Hernandez (born May 8, 1996) professionally known as 6ix9ine or Tekashi69, is a Mexican-American rapper who is based in Brooklyn. He has collaborated extensively with Trippie Redd, Famous Dex, Bodega Bamz, and DALYB.
He is signed to Elliot Grainge Entertainment, a label headed by Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge's son Elliot Grainge.
His songs "Yokai", "zeta zero 0.5", "Hellsing Station", and "Gummo" have each gained over millions of views on YouTube and Soundcloud.
Hernandez found success as a rapper through his creative low budget music videos incorporating incredible outfits, anime, explosive visual effects, machetes, Grand Theft Auto themes, and lots of fire.
Teka$hi originally hails from Bushwick and is of both Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. His mother is from Mexico and his father is Puerto Rican. Growing up, he listened to heavy metal bands such as All That Remains and Parkway Drive.
He stopped going to school in 8th grade when he got expelled. When he was 13, his father was murdered. After his father died, he got a job as a busboy to help his mother out. He also had multiple hustles including working at a bodega and selling weed just to make it by.
Teka$hi69 started rapping after he was encouraged by several of his peers. That year, he collaborated with Bodega Bamz who said of him: "My n—- is insane. He’s like a mixture of Danny Brown and Odd Future. His s— is crazy. I think because of the shock value that he brings, he’s gonna be one of those artists that you wont be able to turn the TV off to."
Teka$hi69 does not have an official SoundCloud or YouTube account and has been releasing videos exclusively through the Slovakian label F*ckthem. In the spring of 2017, he went on his first tour through Europe. Hernandez tries to have a unique aesthetic and attempts to have different themes in his music videos including Street Fighter and Grand Theft Auto (game).
Hernandez is slated to release a mixtape in late 2017. On October 8, 2017, Hernandez released the music video for his song, "Gummo", produced by Pi'erre Bourne on Youtube.
In early July 2017, Teka$hi69 uploaded a photo to Instagram "PUT A HOLE IN HIS HEAD HE A DOLPHIN ??????#SG69". The photo was soon captioned by "When you defeat all the SoundCloud Rappers, this is the final boss." The meme received over 3500 likes on the black people twitter subreddit and was spread throughout social media.