Tekashi 6ix9ine Gives a firm Notice to Billboard: ‘The World Is Watching’:
Tekashi, Tekashi, Tekashi — that’s the only name that seems to be popping up since the controversial rap figure made his return on Friday (May 8) with his new single and music video for “GOOBA.” The 24-year-old Brooklyn native knows it too.
“GOOBA” broke a YouTube record for most streams within a 24-hour period and his Instagram Live session reeled in a record-breaking 1.9 million viewers. With all eyes on him, 6ix9ine took it upon himself to call out Billboard and let them know he’s watching. The “FEFE” rapper is referring to the fact that with all of the records his new song has broken and all of the combined streams, it seems likely that his song will be placed high up on Billboard’s chart after all the numbers are counted.
“@billboard We’re watching this very closely,” he wrote in a since-deleted post. “The world is watching very closely, we love you and always supported the charting. On every platform we are dominating by a LANDSLIDE. The numbers are there and to be looked at. WITH NO RADIO WE ARE DOMINATING THE STREAMS.
“I will hate to believe that people pay for their spins on the radio and making manipulating bundles to manipulate the chart. Again it’s still early Im just making it clear that the world is watching.”
Bundles have caused issues in the past. Nicki Minaj went nuclear on Travis Scott after her 2018 album Queen debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and Scott’s Astroworld landed at No. 1.
During a 2018 episode of Queen Radio, she dubbed Scott the “Hoe nigga of the week” and insisted Queen was the No. 1 album — despite what Billboard reported.
“What we’re not gonna do is have that Auto-Tune man selling fucking sweaters telling you he sold half a million albums, because he fucking didn’t,” she said. “You stupid fuck. You got your fucking homeboy talking for you and you got your girlfriend selling tour passes. Stop it. Knock it the fuck off.”
She cited the bundles Scott was selling — which included a meet-and-greet with Scott’s former girlfriend Kylie Jenner and their daughter Stormi — as the primary reason Astroworld took the coveted spot.
“When [Travis] comes along and sells a tour pass that has nothing to do with his fucking music and says he’s sold more than Kanye West and Nas — no you fucking didn’t, keep it the fuck real,” she added. “I know I’m that bitch, I know I’m Number 1.”
Time will tell whether Tekashi will chart at the No. 1 spot on Billboard.