Tekashi’s “TROLLZ” Goes No. 1

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They said it couldn’t be done.

Hate him or love him, Tekashi 6ix9ine is back and bigger than ever. The Tekashi fable can be viewed as a hero’s journey or a villain’s uprising, but no matter how you view the narrative, one thing is absolute: the rainbow-haired rapper has gone number-one on Billboard with his Nicki Minaj-assisted single, “Trollz.”

Accumulating millions of streams across platforms, including almost 133mm views on YouTube, Tekashi’s second post-prison single has netted the controversial artist the elusive number-one spot he’s been desperately pining after. With his return, “GOOBA,” Tekashi believed he was robbed out of the coveted top spot due deceitful industry means, but that didn’t quell his fire — it fueled it.

Without any radio or playlisting promotion — the latter being arguably today’s most crucial marketing vehicle — Tekashi managed to officially land his number-one plaque.

To some, 6ix9ine is a rat who doesn’t deserve to have a seat in the house of hip-hop. To others, he’s the antihero whom they’ve craved. Regardless of your position, as the old adage goes, numbers don’t lie.