Three-part docuseries Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine drops today on Showtime, if you can stomach it.
If you’ve never heard of the rainbow Troll doll in the trailer above, I envy you. The ‘rapper’ known as 6ix9ine went from working in a deli in New York to becoming one of the most hated figures in music, all by his own design. The new docuseries, directed by Karam Gil, will take a closer look at his decision to use social media to stir up controversy, and how he used ties forged with gang members to get clout before famously snitching on them in his 2018 court case where he was charged with—and sentenced to two years in prison for—crimes that included armed robbery, racketeering, and conspiracy to commit murder. ‘He’s got like, a whole city wanting to kill him,’ explains a former acquaintance in the trailer above.
Let’s take a moment to remember Snoop Dogg’s diss of 6ix9ine after it was revealed he became a certified Judas:
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Director Karam Gil said in an interview with Deadline that he was hesitant to helm the docuseries when first approached: ‘Initially, I didn’t want to do the project… he’s not a person at first that I wanted to do a project on, but as I started to think about it, I felt it was a really important story to tell because it taps into a lot of really dark things that are going on in our digital culture and our world right now,’ Gil said.
The decision was made not to interview 6ix9ine for the docuseries, with Gil saying in the interview with Deadline that ‘his story can be told through the people who were impacted and that’s a much more pure story.’ Featured in the docuseries are former friends, collaborators, and 6ix9ine’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child, Sara Molina, who details how he allegedly assaulted her on three separate occasions. The series does, however, contain audio of an unpublished interview with 6ix9ine after he was released from jail in 2020 after serving two years of his sentence.