In 2018, 6ix9ine is inescapable. Since making his first big splash in 2017 with his breakout hit single "Gummo," 6ix9ine has become one of the most polarizing rappers in a relatively short time, resulting in the Brooklyn native becoming public enemy number one. A majority of the noise surrounding 6ix9ine has come as a result of the controversy surrounding his sexual misconduct case, as well as his various beefs with the likes of YG, Chief Keef and Trippie Redd.
Yet while 6ix9ine's penchant for controversy has become synonymous with his brand, the rapper has also gained a reputation for being one of today's more charitable new artists. Using his newfound fame and fortune to his advantage, the "Fefe" rapper has paid it forward on various occasions, often by handing out cash to the less fortunate. (Perhaps 6ix9ine's donations to everyday people helped inspire Drake's generosity for his own "God's Plan video).
Tekashi 6ix9ine even incorporated charity in one of his troll moves, donating money to the homeless in Chicago while calling out local artists, claiming they don't do the same. Most recently, he's visited a young child who is fighting terminal brain cancer, making a final wish come true. He's shared all of these moments with the public, creating goodwill and showing that despite all of his antics, there's a heart of gold behind those rainbow tresses.
In light of 6ix9ine's well-documented generosity, XXL compiles a list of the rapper's good deeds thus far.
6ix9ine Donates Money to Brooklyn School
In September 2017, 6ix9ine visited students at a school in Bushwick and donated money towards snacks and field trips for the upcoming year. 6ix9ine also gave a short speech about self-confidence and following one's dreams.
6ix9ine Hands Out Money in Dominican Republic
During a March 2018 visit to the Dominican Republic to film the music video for his song "Gotti," 6ix9ine made time to ingratiate himself with the locals by greeting fans and handing out $100 bills to children and the elderly
"I'm in D.R. right now, shooting my new music video, 'Gotti,'" the rapper said in an Instagram clip documenting the moment. He also includes footage of his charity in the "Gotti" video. "I always thought I knew what was the meaning of being poor til I got to D.R. and it showed me and gave me a realization of what being poor really was."
6ix9ine Donates to Homeless in Chicago
One positive aspect of 6ix9ine's beef with Chief Keef was the "Gummo" rapper's charitable gesture of donating meals to the homeless in Chicago.
In a June 2018 clip posted on his Instagram page, 6ix9ine is seen handing out platters of food to the less fortunate on the streets of Chicago while taking rival rappers from the city to task for their alleged failure to give back to the community.
6ix9ine Donates Money to NYC Youth Programs
In July 2018, 6ix9ine announced that proceeds from sales of his Nicki Minaj-assisted single "Fefe" would be donated to various youth programs in New York.
"MY JOB IS TO MAKE SURE THESE KIDS HAVE HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR A BETTER TOMORROW," 6ix9ine wrote in the caption of a video posted on his Instagram account announcing the gesture. "Let’s make this a better world it starts with YOU.”
6ix9ine Hands Out Money in Mexico
In August 2018, 6ix9ine visited his mother's family in Mexico for the first time. The moment was captured in a video uploaded to his Instagram timeline.
"I never met my family before.... This was so crazyyyyyy .... My first time in Mexico this shit broke my heart connecting with family I never seen before I’ve only spoken to," 6ix9ine says in the video. "[Me] being younger not understanding why my Mom left her country to make a better future for us. This right here hits home. ARIBA MI PINCHE RAZA TE AMO," the "Fefe" rapper continues.
In addition to meeting with family, 6ix9ine also stopped by his mother's old school, where he also handed out money, this time to children. This gesture was captured in another video posted on the rapper's Instagram.
6ix9ine Visits Boy Who Has Brain Cancer
6ix9ine's streak of good deeds continued on Saturday (Sept. 1), when he visited the home of a 6-year old brain cancer patient named Franklin, who wished to meet the rapper. In addition to spending time with the patient, 6ix9ine donated money to his family to help pay their rent for a year.