6ix9ine
DUMMY BOY


1.5
very poor

Review

by Michael Stelzner USER (1 Reviews)
December 4th, 2018 | 101 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: How to Expose Yourself 101

The rise of Soundcloud is the most important development in the growth of Hip-Hop in the 2010s. Whereas before young, often poor rappers had to find creative ways to produce their seminal content on pocket-lint budgets, Soundcloud – like all social media – has removed the barriers of social and commercial distance from the hands of corporate record executives and disk jockeys. It has allowed rappers and producers to connect, collaborate, and distribute to potentially millions of people for virtually nothing. No longer is anyone praying for a Dr. Dre – you don’t have to dump your life savings on getting a half-hearted feature from E-40.

But on any platform so lacking in barriers to entry, only so many artists can rise to stardom: you need a hook. In tandem with other social media, such as Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, our superstars have never been closer to us, and they’ve dually never had such control over the image and character they can portray. The best rappers from the Soundcloud generation (or at least the ones who have cracked into the main stream) have all understood this and cultivated unique personas: the angel-eyed demon XXXTENTACION, the emo king Lil Uzi Vert, the tormented rocker Lil Peep.

Of these names and faces, only two rappers have been dedicated to crafting their identity and brand to the point of near obsession. One is Post Malone, a Dallas suburbanite failson who can’t decide if he’d rather be the next Scott Stapp or The Weeknd. The other is Post’s reflexive inverse: Tekashi 6ix9ine, a rainbow munchkin from New York covered in idiotic “69” tattoos from his face to stomach.

I feel compelled to go this in depth off the bat because Tekashi’s debut mixtape, DAY69, was – and I’m saying this with a straight face – one of my favorite releases this year. By no means a perfect album, the charm of DAY69 was both how raw and yet totally focused it felt. For 11 straight tracks, Tekashi rapped over dirty, aggressive beats screaming about basically nothing besides how many people he wanted to murder and how their widows would give him head. He whooped, hollered, and cackled with malevolent glee and unchecked psychosis that felt like all of White America’s fears of the inner city caricatured to absurdity. With his ridiculous hair and his moronic tattoos, Tekashi has chosen to craft an image of himself as a real life Joker. Was he more Leto than Ledger" Sure. Was this psycho killer persona clearly inauthentic bull*** curated from anime and horror movie villains rather than real life experience" Absolutely. But I’ll always give points for originality.

And that’s exactly why his debut studio album is so disappointing: DUMMY BOY is a cheap attempt to cash in on infamy with banal crossover attempts, featuring a star who feels devoid of personality and utterly inconsequential on his own album.

Through thirteen tracks Tekashi leans heavily on his guests, only truly going at it alone three times (I’m giving STOOPID a pass since Bobby Shmurda’s “verse” is a gimmicky bridge). Sometimes these collaborations work and Tekashi rises to the challenge: BEBE (featuring Anuel AA) is stupidly catchy, if just a contrived "Despacito" rip-off, and MAMA (featuring Nicki and Kanye West) is one of the few times Tekashi actually sounds competent on the mic. This hardly matters compared to when he flounders: KIKA, featuring a hook by Tory Lanez and fantastic production by Scott Storch, feels like a blown opportunity that could’ve been handled by a better artist. FEEFA features Tekashi’s clumsy attempt to seem reflective and vulnerable but just sounds amateur when Gunna steps in. It’s made worse when remembering that Tekashi is hardly a talented lyricist – the aggression of DAY69 allowed him to spin this as another part of the appeal, but on DUMMY BOY it borders unlistenable.

The worst stomping comes at the hands of A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie on WAKA. Over soaring and triumphant strings, A Boogie drops a catchy and well-executed verse and hook. It’s the best cut on the record – the production and delivery feels like the coronation of ... A Boogie. Then Tekashi begins screaming and gun shots ring on the record. It’s as if this petulant child hated not being the center of attention and started breaking things. I started wondering why I wasn’t just listening to A Boogie.

By the end of the album, we finally hit TATI, one of the few songs that sounds like his older work – mostly because it was released a few months after DAY69. Following that is WONDO, the only original song with a similar energy to "GUMMO" or "RONDO", which consists of Tekashi laughing about how he gets more sex than you – a far cry from the self-stylized Clown Prince of Rap. The album ends on a whimper with DUMMY, a literal repurposing of a Trife Drew song with a verse tacked on the end. Then the album abruptly ends: no fade out or moment to just let the beat ride – the lyrics finish and the song and album end. It’s not even abrupt enough to feel intentional.

As I basked in my overwhelming disappointment, I thought back to the meme Daniel Hernandez had been before he the dumb tattoos on his face or signature hair. About five years ago, someone posted a picture of him walking around NYC in a stupid outfit: a football jersey bearing “PUSSY” on the front and “EATER 69” on the back over a pair of basketball shorts bearing “N***A” and “EATER 69”. The “Pussy N***a” was born and thus the ultimate metaphor for his career: the unintended and idiotic result of both trying to clumsily appeal to the ladies while trying to flex on the guys. I’ve joked that Post Malone would stop rapping if offered the exchange to lead a Chris Cornell tribute show. I get the same sneaking suspicion that 6ix9ine would trade his street credentials and gangster posturing away tomorrow if a genie granted him the wish to be Trey Songz. In this insipid, cynical, and just plain boring album that – I cannot stress enough – is not even a year removed from his debut mixtape, Hernandez proves that not only does he lack the voice, lyricism, or intelligence, he just flat-out lacks the talent that was concealed by the amusingly dumb belligerence of his previous work. DUMMY BOY shows us the artist that Tekashi, now that he’s rich and famous (at the time before his arrest), wants to be: just another Soundcloud rapper.


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onionbubs
December 4th 2018


10228 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

BITCH ARE YOU DUMB DA DUMB DA DUMB DA DUMB A DUMB



STOOOPID

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2018


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

trash album and jail time notwithstanding I just have no hope he'll ever make a good one. I hate his whole Thing

Source
December 4th 2018


5690 Comments


wtf is that album cover

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DarkSideOfLucca
December 4th 2018


13565 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Can't wait to see him live!!!! When is he releasing tour dates????

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2018


369 Comments


good review, have you written for other sites before? either way, well done

GetLow
December 4th 2018


3578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know that this is at least getting a 1.5 from me since Nicki Minaj is on it.

Keyblade
December 4th 2018


26315 Comments


couple of fun tracks to slap on a playlist but that's it

this is a fantastic review tho, pos'd

Darius the Great
December 4th 2018


18966 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

its dumb fun 3.5/5

AlexanderMR
December 4th 2018


3490 Comments


It's dumb 0.5/5

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wubblz
December 4th 2018


5 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@mynameischan Nope, this is my first time doing anything like this! I've been a lurker on this site for a while, and I figured I could start submitting some contributions instead of beating my Facebook friends over the head with them. Thank you for the feedback!

artiswar
December 4th 2018


5940 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

FEFE is a great song, one of the best artists of 2018 for sure. My only question is why is his foot amputated on the cover? Poor little bug-eyed, skittle-toothed, sour-worm haired motherfucker.

JeetJeet
December 4th 2018


5734 Comments


Great review man

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DarkSideOfLucca
December 4th 2018


13565 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I'm actually listening to this

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 4th 2018


28732 Comments


very good first review

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Gyromania
December 4th 2018


26124 Comments


great review, but you could sharpen up a few things. "The rise of Soundcloud is the most important development in the development of Hip-Hop in the 2010s." - try to avoid using the same word twice in a sentence if you can help it, especially so close together like you did here.

guitarded_chuck
December 4th 2018


16735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0



GetLow
December 4th 2018


3578 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its dumb fun 3.5/5

Darius the Great
December 4th 2018


18966 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0



onionbubs
December 4th 2018


10228 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

day69>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>this

wubblz
December 4th 2018


5 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@Gyromania Thank you for the feedback! This totally slipped past my attention, and I feel silly letting an error like that go unnoticed. Is it considered poor form to edit your reviews after posting?



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