US streaming service Hulu has dropped the trailer for 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez, a documentary on rapper Tekashi69 (aka 6ix9ine) that dropped on the service almost by surprise.
Hulu describes it as “part investigative documentary, part real-life gangster movie,” the latter part referring to the wild direction the half Mexican-half Puerto Rican rapper went in as his fame blew up rapidly through a controversial persona.
The documentary takes a look at the polarising figure with interviews from those close to him and, of course, places a focus on his 2018 arrest for racketeering, weapons and drugs. He pled guilty and was jailed, although was only given two years after testifying for the prosecution, and was released in April this year on the grounds of his asthma risks during the pandemic. His career has been built on capitalising on controversy and he hasn’t even let that “snitching” get in the way: his second studio album, released in September, was titled TattleTales.
69: The Saga of Danny Herndandez was directed by Vikram Gandhi, who helmed 2016 Netflix release Barry, about a young Barack Obama.
Official synopsis for 69: The Saga of Danny Herndandez:
Part investigative documentary, part real-life gangster movie, 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez unpacks the life of polarizing rap sensation and internet troll Tekashi69. One of the most controversial figures in contemporary pop culture, 69 repeatedly broke the internet with his sensationalist music videos and social media beefs before infamously testifying against Brooklyn gang the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods in a landmark trial. Director Vikram Gandhi (KUMARÉ, BARRY) gets up close and personal with the neighborhood locals who knew 69 when he was still just Danny Hernandez—before the hard-core persona and the face tattoos—to chronicle his meteoric rise and fall from fame and probe the harsh extremes of addiction to fame in the digital era.