By RITHWIK GUPTA
Known for his crazy acts and rainbow hair, Tekashi 69 or 6ix9ine, released his debut mixtape Day 69 featuring some of his already released and popular tracks. This Brooklyn native has become increasingly controversial in the hip-hop community due to his unique style of rapping, but still remains popular with a few hip-hop enthusiasts. Unlike the rest of hip-hop albums in today’s age, 6ix9ine raps with such violent energy it feels like a hybrid between a rock album and a rap album. However, his violent energy and tone are the only things unique about 6ix9ine, as his lyrics are very flat and lack depth or meaning.
The eleven track mixtape lasting only twenty-seven minutes features Offset, Tory Lanez, Fetty Wap and more. “Gunmo,” “Keke” and “Kooda,” which were released prior to the mixtape, are also featured. In addition, there is a remix version of “Gunmo” featuring Offset on the album alongside the original version of Gunmo, which is unheard of to have on an album/mixtape.
The very first song that starts off the album, “Billy,” is very upbeat which complements 6ix9ine’s tone very well. The third song on the mixtape, “Rondo,” changes up the overall flow of the album due to the features by Tory Lanez and Young Thug. Both features share higher tones of voices which creates variation in music. In addition, “Keke” is also unique in that the beat is very buoyant and Fetty Wap and A Boogie wit da Hoodie features drop heavily harmonized verses which again, similar to “Rondo”, add variation to the mixtape. Other than that, the rest of the album shares the same formula of hard-going beats complementing 6ix9ine’s angered tone.
Overall, while 6ix9ine’s violent tone makes the album unique when compared to other hip-hop albums, his lack of lyrical depth and variation, besides the features on the mixtape, make this mixtape boring after just a few songs. If it wasn’t for including features as well as past hits, Day 69 would have been a terrible album but with them, it makes the album slightly entertaining. I would not recommend this album to anyone unless they enjoy 6ix9ine’s higher pitched tone.