69: The Saga Of Danny Hernandez Review

★★★★☆

This documentary is perfect for rap purists like myself who have never taken a look into the new breed of rappers claiming skills of lyrical dexterity, uncompromising subject matter and a look and feel that is closer to punk than Hip Hop.

Tekashi 69 is the viral sensation that could not put a foot wrong musically. A mischievous rascal famed for taking pot shots at other musicians someone who had the Midas touch and a knack for releasing just what his fans ordered. In this documentary, which features never seen before footage and photos, Director Vikram Gandhi gets up close and personal with the neighborhood locals who knew 69 when he was still just Danny Hernandez.

It’s an investigative deep dive into the polarising rap sensation and internet troll Tekashi69. 69 is one of raps most controversial figures in the culture a young adult who repeatedly broke the internet with his sensationalist music videos, brash clothes and social media beefs before infamously testifying against the Brooklyn gang the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.

The director sets the scene in the opening stanza that sees him hastily aborting a pre arranged interview much to the ire of an anonymous voice off screen who urges him to pack up his things before unnamed consequences are doled out.

It’s a phenomenal up close and personal canter through the neighborhood with reportage from locals who knew 69 when he was still just Danny Hernandez—before the hard-core persona and the face tattoos—to chronicle his meteoric rise and fall from fame and probe the harsh extremes of addiction to fame in the digital era.

The documentary’s masterstroke is that it’s pitched to those who knew him and his work exceptionally well and to people like myself who had a vague understanding of what he is about. It’s a no holds barred account of his rise his fall and his eventual rise again. A must see even if you’re not a fan of his music. This is exceptional in it’s story telling, pacing and detail. A must watch.

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