The docuseries reveals that heroin also played a part in his stage name: “Tekashi” was the name of a local tattoo artist who was an addict, per the New York Post. The rapper explained his motivation to create a colorful persona for himself: “One day I woke up and I said, ‘Yo, I want my look to be loud.’ I felt invisible. I just had to make a loud presence.”
Supervillain also covers his widely-publicized legal troubles, beginning with his 2015 conviction for alleged sexual misconduct. As Billboard reported, Tekashi was sentenced to four years’ probation for allegedly filming a 13-year old performing sexual acts and uploading the video on Snapchat. His former girlfriend, Sara Molina, accused him of years of domestic violence, which he later admitted to, per XXL.
Tekashi’s involvement with the world of gang violence initially bought him credibility, but eventually, it resulted in a lengthy criminal record, including his 2018 arrest for “racketeering and and firearms charges,” as per the Washington Post. He also developed a public reputation for being a snitch. “He signed up for it voluntarily,” said his former DJ, Pvnch, as per the New York Post. “And he turned as dishonorable as you can get, now where he might be the most famous cooperator and snitch to ever walk the face of this earth.”
As the New York Post noted, the rapper was granted early release from prison in April 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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