Cable network Showtime has given the green light to “Supervillain,” a limited docuseries profiling notorious hip-hop artist Tekashi 6ix9ine, inspired by journalist Stephen Witt’s Rolling Stone feature “Tekashi 6ix9ine: The Rise and Fall of a Hip Hop Supervillain.”
According to Deadline, the three-part series will trace how a New York City deli clerk named Daniel Hernandez exploded onto the scene and became Tekashi 6ix9ine, the tattooed face of Gen Z, who is currently in prison on federal racketeering and weapons charges- awaiting release as early as the end of the year.
Tekashi 6ix9ine, who first made his mark as a social media troll, translated his outlandish digital presence into a remarkably effective hip hop gangsta persona. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The rapper was blacklisted by media outlets, canceled by the music industry, shot at, kidnapped, and arrested. ”SuperVillain” will provide viewers with a detailed perspective into Tekashi 6ix9ine’s epic rise and fall from those closest to him.
“Tekashi 6ix9ine is one of the most enigmatic music artists of a generation,” said Gus Wenner, President, and COO of Rolling Stone magazine, which will co-produce the project with Imagine Documentaries. “Rolling Stone is thrilled to work with Showtime and our other partners to bring the gripping story of Tekashi’s meteoric rise to stardom and infamy to viewers around the world.”
“Tekashi’s story has haunted us since we first read Stephen Witt’s brilliant article in Rolling Stone,” said Imagine Documentaries President, Justin Wilkes. “It’s a tale that’s emblematic of our times and we’re honored to be partnered with Showtime, Rolling Stone, along with the fantastic filmmaking team at Lightbox in bringing it to life.”