Showtime has ordered Supervillian, a limited docuseries about Tekashi 6ix9ine inspired by journalist Stephen Witt’s Rolling Stone feature. The upcoming three-part series follows the New York rapper from his time as a deli clerk in the city to his rise as a star with over a dozen Billboard hits in his repertoire.
Tekashi broke into the rap scene with his appearance on Trippie Redd‘s ‘Poles1496’ and garnered billions of streams after releasing his own viral tracks, mixtape, and studio album. Now, he’s in prison for federal racketeering and weapon charges as a result of the targeted arrests of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, and anticipates a release at the end of this year. Tekashi, however, is no stranger to legal charges. In the past, he was found guilty of a felony child-sex charge which resurfaced after two subsequent arrests. The docuseries will explore Tekashi’s dominating social media presence and how the rapper exemplifies that fame is consequential from the perspectives of individuals close to him.
“The bizarre and complicated rise of Tekashi 6ix9ine is a story of our times,” said Vinnie Malhotra, executive vice president for Nonfiction Programming at Showtime Networks, in a Deadline article. “Beyond becoming one of the most notorious hip hop artists of this generation, his story speaks volumes of the impact of social media and manufactured celebrity in our society. We’re excited to be partnering with such heavy hitters in the world of music and documentary to bring Supervillain to life.”