The rise and fall of 6ix9ine has been dizzyingly rapid. The controversial Brooklyn artist had been making music and videos since around 2014, but it was only two years ago that even the savviest rap fans began to hear his name.
In an effort to make sense of it all, we chronicled the key moments in his career, starting from the point he began bubbling into the mainstream with early press appearances and songs that spread beyond a small circle of early adopters. By “key moments,” we mean major events musically and career-wise, his relationships with other artists, and legal concerns. From Billboard hits to guilty pleas, here are all the highlights and lowlights in the career of an artist who, for better and worse, we couldn’t look away from.