“Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine”, scored by Craig DeLeon, is out now and available to stream on Showtime.
This three-part documentary series profiles hip-hop artist Tekashi 6ix9ine‘s epic rise to notoriety. Through an exclusive interview with the incendiary rapper after his release from prison earlier this spring, director Karam Gill (Ice Cold, G-Funk) examines the culture of manufactured celebrity through 6ix9ine’s mastery of social media. The journey begins with Daniel Hernandez, a first generation Mexican and Puerto Rican kid from Bushwick, Brooklyn. Deep childhood trauma, a broken education system and a gentrifying neighborhood set the stage for his bizarre transformation into hip hop’s greatest villain, propelling him to global fame, and a terrifying downfall. Craig’s score employs aggressive and innovative electronic instruments combined with modern and post-modern classical elements to create a truly perilous atmosphere.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Gill discussed the complexities of making a series on such a controversial figure. He stated “this is the story about the state of our culture and how people can create things from scratch. What does it say about our fascination with the bad? … For me, more than anything, I think it’s important to study the villains of society. Because when you study the villains, you can learn more about what our dark fascinations are as a society. It’s really an indication of where we are, because villains don’t exist unless society allows them to exist”.
Click here to watch the trailer