6ix9ine has claimed that Hip Hop has a gatekeeping problem when it comes to hating on Spanish rappers in the genre.
Tekashi had a few things to get off his chest in a video posted to social media on Tuesday (May 2), calling out the industry for essentially blackballing Latin MCs.
“You know how many Spanish n-ggas is born and raised in Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island — the whole New York City?” he began. “What y’all trying to say? Spanish n-ggas can’t eat? So when you Spanish, you can only make reggaeton? You can only make Spanish music? It’s our culture too, n-gga. Fuck is you talking about?
“Just think about it: name one Spanish rapper other than me and shawty that could enter the top 10 on Billboard. Name them, I can’t even name Spanish rappers. Y’all don’t let n-ggas eat. Y’all just mad ’cause I could enter a whole different demographic in the Spanish market. I dominated the English [market], now I’ma dominate the Spanish.”
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) May 3, 2023
6ix9ine continued to explain himself in Akademiks’ Instagram comments section after he reposted the clip, which drew backlash from fans.
“If u a Spanish/Latin/Hispanic kid anywhere in America, just based off these comments just know you can’t make it in rap,” Tekashi wrote. “They won’t give you a chance, you got to take it.
“Bully your way. I’m from New York black and Hispanics grow up together same lingo same story why they can’t rap and make it too. We not forced to sing in Spanish because we Hispanic.”
The rainbow-haired rapper also admitted in his original video that he’s still on the hook for a Spanish album for his 10K Projects label, who allegedly paid him $3 million in 2020 for the project.
6ix9ine has pivoted to Spanish music in recent weeks as he’s dropped off a series of singles featuring Spanish lyrics and artists including “Y Ahora,” “WAPAE,” and “Bori.”
The latter’s music video, which contains footage of him recovering after his recent gym beatdown in Florida, has almost 30 million views on YouTube alone.