Tekashi 6ix9ine
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Tekashi 6ix9ine keeps trolling. Despite enjoying success with multiple Billboard hits and becoming a headline generator in a matter of months, he says he’s contemplating retirement.

The New York rapper took to Instagram on Monday (April 9), declaring that he plans to “quit rapping this year”.

“I accomplished everything i dreamed of in 5 months,” 6ix9ine wrote in the Instagram caption.

While it may sound shocking, given the success he’s attained as a newcomer, you probably aren’t too familiar with the young rapper. So far, he’s made a living off trolling. Whether he’s daring others to “test his gangster” or “rob him” or even mentioning “retirement”, he’s made these controversial statements publicly to garner both headlines and reactions from others. And… it’s worked.

In March, his debut set, Day69, opened at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums charts, while peaking on the Billboard 200 at No. 4. Also, five of the project’s songs made it to the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

Whatever 6ix9ine is doing, it’s been working, but at what cost?

In addition to chart success, Tekashi 6ix9ine has garnered a few enemies, including Compton rappers YG, The Game and Slim 400, as well as artists like Trippie Redd.

What’s next for 6ix9ine? Likely more music and more controversy.