6ix9ine’s decision to become the federal government’s star witness in the case against the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods may have secured his freedom, but it cost him a boatload of valuable relationships. From 50 Cent to Bobby Shmurda, a laundry list of rappers and producers refuse to be affiliated with the infamous “snitch” — and Scott Storch is one of them.
During a recent appearance on Drink Champs, the decorated producer told co-hosts DJ EFN and N.O.R.E. he’ll never work with 6ix9ine again. Prior to 6ix9ine’s November 2019 arrest, Storch produced three songs on the rapper’s sophomore album DUMMY BOY, including “WAKA” with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, “KIKA” featuring Tory Lanez, and “WONDO.” While he recognizes the money was good, it’s clearly not worth it for him to be associated with someone like 6ix9ine.
“I’ve had so many difficult moments, you know, I’ve worked with Tekashi 6ix9ine,” he said. “That all went bad, like, at the time, we made what I felt like was a fucking crazy record. You can’t take that away from the man. It’s difficult, like when you’re in person and all of a sudden, you see somebody like, ‘Oh shit, now I gotta take pictures’ and this and that and blah blah blah and then people are going to shit on me. All that shit. It’s hard, man.”
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N.O.R.E. then told Storch his decision was “respectable,” to which Storch replied, “I’ll say this — the Tekashi records be streaming, boy. I’m just saying that was a bag but no, I’m not working with him.”
6ix9ine’s past reaches for beyond the RICO arrest — domestic violence accusations, fights, sex acts on a child and other illicit behavior, which author Shawn Setaro explored in his book Dummy Boy. Touted as an “American crime story,” Dummy Boy was the result of dozens of exclusive interviews with collaborators, associates and witnesses who helped tell a detailed account of the “most beguiling and intriguing story in modern music.
Setaro believed 6ix9ine’s fame wouldn’t have happened outside of Trump’s America, something he highlighted in the book. As he explained to HipHopDX last December, “This was a time in American life when at the highest levels of government, the leader of the executive branch would publicly troll people, would say outrageous things for attention and would inspire cult-like loyalty from people who didn’t care about the literal truth of what he was saying.”
He added, “It was his trolling and insults that made these people feel like he represented them. It’s no surprise that the biggest rap star of 2018 also fits that description.”
Many are shocked 6ix9ine is even alive, considering his online antics picked up as soon as he was released from jail in April 2020. Still, 6ix9ine has producers willing to work with him. In April, he dropped the song “Giné” in which he (once again) throws jabs at Lil Durk and the late King Von. It peaked at No. 83 on the Billboard Hot 100.