TattleTales “6IX9INE” Cover Description

TattleTales is the second studio album by American rapper 6ix9ine. It was released on September 4, 2020. TattleTales is the follow-up to Dummy Boy, which was released shortly after 6ix9ine was arrested in November 2018. It features guest appearances from Akon, Nicki Minaj, Smilez, Leftside and Lil AK.

Background

It is the first album by 6ix9ine since his release from prison following his cooperation with federal agents on a case involving his former fellow gang members of the Nine Trey Bloods. Upon his homecoming from prison, he released his first single of the album, “Gooba“, on his birthday on May 8, 2020. His subsequent singles “Trollz”, “Yaya” and “Punani” were released afterwards and “Trollz” became a number one hit in the United States.

This studio effort follows his 2018 debut Dummy Boy, which charted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. TattleTales features his No. 1 single “TROLLZ”, as well as other singles “GOOBA”, “YAYA”, and “PUNANI”. Notably, it’s the first album 6ix9ine has dropped since his early release from prison back in April.

Everything about this record, and his career for that matter, is a radical shift in the way rappers earn credibility. Back in 2019, the rainbow-haired MC born Daniel Hernandez pleaded guilty to racketeering, firearm possession, and drug trafficking charges that stemmed from his involvement with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. In a bewildering contradiction to the age-old street code of not snitching, Hernandez cooperated heavily with prosecutors to get a reduced prison sentence, effectively making him a rat with a target on his back. If that doesn’t make him unlikable enough, he’s also a convicted sex criminal with a history of domestic violence against the mother of his child.

However, none of this has stopped Hernandez from continuing his career as 6ix9ine — in fact, it’s only fueled it. The 24-year-old allegedly signed a $10 million record deal from prison, and he’s obviously doubled down on his public persona as a snitch by titling the album TattleTales. No one in the history of popular hip-hop has been so flagrant about their willingness to turn on their fellow gang members, but clearly it’s been working out for 6ix9ine. His fan base hasn’t backed down, as the success of his recent singles prove, and TattleTales will likely place extremely high on the charts once again.

In a brilliantly confrontational interview with the New York Times, 6ix9ine offered up a whole bounty of unsurprisingly brash and controversial quotes. Among the topics addressed: why he’ll continue to use the N-word (Hernandez is not black); how he’s voting for Trump; and what it’s like to live with a security team of almost two dozen.

“There’s no difference between me and Tupac Shakur,” he said at one point, comparing himself to the late icon both artistically and in relation to their respective histories of sexual misconduct. In response to being asked why he isn’t more thoughtful and introspective in his music, Hernandez chalked it up to careerist strategy:

“When somebody’s in the gym and they want to listen to 6ix9ine, why do they listen to 6ix9ine? To turn up! When you’re with your girl and you wanna listen to R&B, do you put on Chief Keef? People hate me because I’m the most straightforward: I’ll knock you down. I’m a genius at what I do. When you want to listen to R&B, you go to Usher. When you want to listen to hip-hop, you go to Nas. When you want to listen to rock, you go to AC/DC. When you listen to 6ix9ine, you don’t want to hear, “My mama was crying …” I can go there, but my fans don’t want that. You don’t go to McDonald’s and get filet mignon.”

TattleTales Charts

Chart performance for TattleTales
Chart (2020) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) 39
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) 32
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) 31
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) 39
Irish Albums (OCC) 23
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) 33
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) 24
UK Albums (OCC) 27
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