Tekashi69 is one of the most controversial names in Hip Hop right now. While everyone has heard about the crazy street brawls he’s gotten in, the shade he’s thrown at YG, and his awkward underage sex abuse charge, there’s something that has remained mysteriously missing since the beginning of his ascent to fame.
The meaning behind his name, Tekashi 6ix9ine. What a weird ass name right?
At first, many fans just assumed that the rainbow haired rapper was just some kind of pervert, and needed to tell the world about how he enjoys the “69” sex position. He must be REALLY into it. After all, he DOES have the number “69” tattooed on his body 69 times, including his face.
But finally, we get a glimpse into the actual reason behind his name, and honestly it’s a little bit tear jerking.
In this instagram post, Tekashi can be seen hugging an old woman from the Dominican Republic. Here is what he captioned the post with.
“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 HAVENT 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 ❤”.
Whaaaaaaaaat? You’ve got to be kidding me. That is some Disney movie shit.
In all seriousness, that was an incredible explanation. Mad respect for Tekashi69. But then, he posted something else. Something that made even his haters admire him.
As a preface, it’s important to note that Tekashi came from poverty in Brooklyn. And when he made it as a successful rapper ( he signed a 7.5 million dollar deal in January) he started giving back to his community.
But when he visited the Dominican Republic to shoot a music video, he realized something. There’s a big difference between being poor in America, and poor in a third world country.
In the D.R, more than one third of the countries citizens survive on less than $1.25 a day. Half the country has no access to clean water, and more than half literally shit into a hole in the ground. Living in a shack with no electricity is not unusual. With no clean water, disease runs rampant. Many young children are victims of the sex trade and and have HIV.
If you are homeless in the United States, you are most likely better off than the average citizen in the Dominican Republic.
Tekashi took this into consideration, and started handing out $100 dollar bills to people in the D.R community. Watch this video, and look how excited these kids get. He’s literally giving each of them enough resources to survive for almost 3 months.
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Words can’t explain the anger I have right now… I grew up not having shit in Brooklyn… Everyone knows me for giving back in my community BUT as a Latino I feel the need to help my people. I’m not Dominican… But we are ALL ONE ✊🏼 🇲🇽🇲🇽🇵🇷🇵🇷🇩🇴🇩🇴Life is what you make it. If I made it I’ll try all in my power for all us to make it… at least have hope. 🙌🏼 God bless us. @william_asher 🎥
Although Tekashi is not Dominican, he is Latino- and feels obligated to help give these kids a chance. But just to put in perspective how truly fucked these kids are, a cheap plane ticket to say- Chicago costs $224.
And that’s for them to come to visit, and then stay illegally- and risk everything. If they wanted to actually immigrate here, the application for naturalization costs $725 ( most people get rejected), and then they have to go through a medical examination, which costs $275.
So, a total of $1,224 for them to legally come to the United States- only to be homeless.
Man, do we have it good in America or what?