The following is an excerpt from the new book Complex Presents: Dummy Boy – Tekashi 6ix9ine and the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, published by Kingston Imperial. The book, by Complex reporter Shawn Setaro, is the definitive story of the rise and fall of this era’s most colorful and divisive figure in hip-hop.

Setaro saw it all go down first-hand while in court for every moment of Tekashi’s legal drama, culminating in the rapper’s public testimony and a dramatic sentencing hearing. He also talked to dozens of people close to the star, some of whom you can hear on the Complex and Spotify podcast Infamous: The Tekashi 6ix9ine Story

Dummy Boy is the culmination of years of reporting on every aspect of the story, and Complex is proud to present this exclusive excerpt. You can order the book on Amazon or anywhere else you buy books.  

It’s the fall of 2017, and 6ix9ine has signed a record deal with Elliot Grainge, the son of the most powerful man in the music business. 6ix9ine has left behind Scumgang, the Bushwick-based rap crew with which he got his start. He even has a new manager, Christian Ehigiator, to replace Scumgang’s guiding light, Peter “Righteous P” Rodgers. 6ix9ine’s one lingering music business relationship is with Yaksha, the founder of Slovakia’s Fck Them label—a bizarre overseas connection that gave the rapper significant boost early in his career. In addition, 6ix9ine’s in the middle of a feud with Trippie Redd, who not coincidentally is also signed to Elliot Grainge’s label.

6ix9ine has recently gotten to know Christian’s longtime friend Seqo Billy—a member of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang. Their members are frequently referred to as “Billys.” Seqo’s main hangout is “Maddy.” That’s the Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, brownstone on Madison Street where Seqo’s aunt, known as “Ms. Tr3yway,” resides. Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, a powerful figure in Nine Trey, is close to both Seqo and Ms. Tr3yway, at least for now.

6ix9ine has a new song, “Gummo,” that he and his best friend, Trife Drew, have been laboring over for weeks. But a song is nothing without a video. That’s where our story begins…

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