6ix9ine Gooba Gif Description

6ix9ine Gooba Gif (stylized in all caps) is a song by American rapper 6ix9ine. It was released on May 8, 2020, 6ix9ine’s birthday, as the first single after his prison release on April 2, 2020. It is the lead single to his upcoming second studio album, to be released in August 2020. The song and its accompanying video was recorded under house arrest, stemming from the trial of Nine Trey Gangsters, which he mentions in the song. He also targets his detractors.

6ix9ine Gooba Gif Background and promotion

On November 18, 2018, Hernandez was arrested on racketeering, weapons, and drugs charges. After pleading guilty to nine charges, such as armed robbery and conspiracy to murder, he was sentenced to 2 years in prison in December 2019. However, he was released earlier in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 7, 2020, he announced that he would celebrate his 24th birthday the day by releasing a new single.


The song was promoted via a large billboard in Times Square that read “The King Is Back”. 6ix9ine also hosted an Instagram Live session on the day of the song’s release, which received a record 2 million simultaneous views.

6ix9ine Gooba Gif Composition and lyrics

6ix9ine Gooba Gif  contains a simplistic trap beat, and finds 6ix9ine employing his signature “aggressive” style. Lyrically, as noted by Rap-Up, he “unleashes his wrath on the haters and clout chasers, while having the last laugh”, pointing out the line “Are you dumb, stupid, or dumb, huh?”. He also addresses testifying in court against members of the Nine Trey Bloods Gang in return for a reduced sentence: “Tell me how I ratted, came home to a big bag”.

According to Pitchfork‘s Madison Bloom, the track includes a reference to the COVID-19 pandemic (“Basic, been hot, way before coronavirus”). Brendan Klinkenberg of Rolling Stone described the song as “punishingly blunt and seemingly designed to provoke”.

Critical reception

Complex‘s Shawn Setaro gave the song a negative review, and criticized 6ix9ine and the rapper’s approach to his comeback, claiming he is “not the repentant, quiet young man we saw in the courtroom”. Setaro further remarked: “Instead, we saw a 24-year-old man obsessed with money, popularity, haters, and getting even. 6ix9ine fell right back into his favorite role: the upstart who doesn’t conform to street codes, and wins anyway”.

He lambasted 6ix9ine for his lack of apologies toward those he wronged, saying he “only lists […] the wrongs done to him, and why those wrongs render him blameless”.

6ix9ine Gooba Gif Music video

In the music video, 6ix9ine transforms into an animated rat, referencing his role as an informant during the trial of Nine Trey Gangsters.

The music video was released alongside the official single release on May 8, 2020, and was shot in April 2020. Hernandez had previously asked a judge for permission to film the video in his backyard during home confinement. Upon release, the music video reached over 41 million views in its first 24 hours, breaking the record for the biggest debut for a hip-hop song on YouTube previously held by Eminem’s “Killshot”.

Background and concept

The video was shot under home confinement, stemming from 6ix9ine’s supervised release from prison on April 2, 2020. It was directed by CanonF8, David Wept, and 6ix9ine himself and was shot less than two weeks before its release, with the rapper only being allowed to shoot for two hours per week, per a judge’s order.

The video features 6ix9ine’s girlfriend Rachel “Jade” Wattley and a “rainbow of big booty models” twerking, while covered in paint. In one scene, the video cuts to 6ix9ine transforming himself into an animated rat (a reference to him ratting out his former gang members). He also shows off his ankle monitor. In parts of the video, 6ix9ine appears to be choking a woman, which Insider‘s Jacob Shamsian saw as a (possible) “crass reference to his ex-girlfriend”, who claimed 6ix9ine repeatedly choked her. The rapper’s security guards are also seen in the video.


Credits adapted from Tidal.

  • 6ix9ine – lead artist
  • Harald Hjermann Srobo – arrangement
  • Jahnei Clarke – arrangement
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